Dark Data Detective requires a Trial or Purchased Registration Key in order to function.  If you have not yet obtained one of these keys, then fill out our trial request form for one.  Once you have a registration key,  follow the steps below to download and install the software.

1. Download Dark Data Detective

  • Download Dark Data Detective from the downloads page.
  • Press the Run button in your browser’s download window, or the Save button to run it later.
  • Press the Run button in your browser’s Security Warning window.

2. Install Dark Data Detective

  • Press the Yes button in the User Account Control window (Vista, Widows 7, 8.1, 10, 11)
  • Press the Next > button to continue the install.
  • Read the License Agreement, select the I accept the agreement option, then press the Next > button.
  • Selected for you is the Full Installation component, press the Next > button.
  • Enter the folder to install in. (default is C:\Program Files (x86)\FID3\D3Detective)
  • Press the Next > button to continue.
  • Put check marks in front of the locations where you want icons created (Desktop & Start Menu).
  • Press the Next > button to continue.
  • Press the Install button.
  • Read the README information, then press the Next > button.
  • Press the Finish button.

3. Enter Registration Key

  • Start Dark Data Detective (from the desktop or the Windows Start menu, in the FID3 group).
  • Select the Search tab.
  • Enter your registration key in the Registration Key field.
  • On the menu, select Search > Save as My Defaults.
  • Select the Details tab.
  • Select the Browse Path button, and select the drive path that contains the files that you want to have analyzed.
  • Select the Start Search button.

If you have any trouble with these steps, or in using this product, please contact Technical Support for assistance.