Live response command examples

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Learn about common commands used in live response and see examples on how they are typically used.

Depending on the role that's been granted to you, you can run basic or advanced live response commands. For more information on basic and advanced commands, see Investigate entities on devices using live response.

analyze

# Analyze the file malware.txt
analyze file c:\Users\user\Desktop\malware.txt
# Analyze the process by PID
analyze process 1234

connections

# List active connections in json format using parameter name
connections -output json
# List active connections in json format without parameter name
connections json

dir

# List files and sub-folders in the current folder
dir
# List files and sub-folders in a specific folder
dir C:\Users\user\Desktop\
# List files and subfolders in the current folder in json format
dir -output json

fileinfo

# Display information about a file
fileinfo C:\Windows\notepad.exe

findfile

# Find file by name
findfile test.txt

getfile

# Download a file from a machine
getfile c:\Users\user\Desktop\work.txt
# Download a file from a machine, automatically run prerequisite commands
getfile c:\Users\user\Desktop\work.txt -auto

Note

The following file types cannot be downloaded using this command from within Live Response:

These file types are supported by PowerShell.

Use PowerShell as an alternative, if you have problems using this command from within Live Response.

processes

# Show all processes
processes
# Get process by pid
processes 123
# Get process by pid with argument name
processes -pid 123
# Get process by name
processes -name notepad.exe

putfile

# Upload file from library
putfile get-process-by-name.ps1
# Upload file from library, overwrite file if it exists
putfile get-process-by-name.ps1 -overwrite
# Upload file from library, keep it on the machine after a restart
putfile get-process-by-name.ps1 -keep

registry

# Show information about the values in a registry key
registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console
# Show information about a specific registry value
registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console\ScreenBufferSize

remediate

# Remediate file in specific path
remediate file c:\Users\user\Desktop\malware.exe
# Remediate process with specific PID
remediate process 7960
# See list of all remediated entities
remediate list

run

# Run PowerShell script from the library without arguments
run script.ps1
# Run PowerShell script from the library with arguments
run get-process-by-name.ps1 -parameters "-processName Registry"

scheduledtask

# Get all scheduled tasks
scheduledtasks
# Get specific scheduled task by location and name
scheduledtasks Microsoft\Windows\Subscription\LicenseAcquisition
# Get specific scheduled task by location and name with spacing
scheduledtasks "Microsoft\Configuration Manager\Configuration Manager Health Evaluation"

undo

# Restore remediated registry
undo registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console\ScreenBufferSize
# Restore remediated scheduledtask
undo scheduledtask Microsoft\Windows\Subscription\LicenseAcquisition
# Restore remediated file
undo file c:\Users\user\Desktop\malware.exe