Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Compilation of Password Recovery Tools

Have you ever forgotten your Windows account's, instant messenger's, dial-up connection's, Wi-Fi or Network share's, router's or pdf file's password? If you have then you already know how painful the password recovery process can be.

I have gathered a list of 3 freeware programs that will help recover your lost password.

Legal Issues: - You maybe surprised to learn that these password cracking softwares are absolutely legal.

1. NirSoft Password Recovery Tools :

"NirSoft Password Recovery Tools" is a compilation of password recovery tools for variety of programs, including Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Dialup entries of Windows, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, and more. The best part is that all these utilities are fully portable.

This utilities pack contains following password recovery tools:

  • IE Password Viewer: Reveals the passwords stored by Internet Explorer browser. It supports the new version of Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0, as well as older versions of Internet Explorer i.e, v4.0 - v6.0.
  • Firefox Password Recovery: Reveals the user names and passwords stored by Mozilla Firefox Web browser. By default, PasswordFox displays the passwords stored in your current profile, but you can easily select to watch the passwords of any other Firefox profile

  • Google Chrome Password Recovery: Reveals the user names and passwords stored by Google Chrome Web browser.

  • Messenger Password Recovery: Reveals the passwords of the following instant messenger applications: MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger (in Windows XP), Windows Live Messenger (In Windows XP And Vista), Yahoo Messenger (Versions 5.x and 6.x), Google Talk, ICQ Lite 4.x/5.x/2003, AOL Instant Messenger v4.6 or below, AIM 6.x, and AIM Pro, Trillian, Miranda, GAIM/Pidgin, MySpace IM, PaltalkScene, Digsby.

  • Mail Password Viewer: Recovers the passwords of the following email programs: Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only), Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003/2007 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts), Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, IncrediMail, Eudora, Netscape 6.x/7.x (if the password is not encrypted with master password), Mozilla Thunderbird (if the password is not encrypted with master password), Group Mail Free, Yahoo! Mail (if the password is saved in Yahoo! Messenger application), Hotmail/MSN mail (if the password is saved in MSN/Windows/Live Messenger application), Gmail (if the password is saved by Gmail Notifier application, Google Desktop, or by Google Talk).

  • Protected Storage Password Viewer: Recovers all passwords stored inside the Protected Storage, including the AutoComplete passwords of Internet Explorer, passwords of Password-protected sites, MSN Explorer Passwords, and more.

  • Dialup Password Recovery: Enumerates all dialup/VPN entries on your computers, and displays their logon details: User Name, Password, and Domain. You can use it to recover a lost password of your Internet connection or VPN.

  • Network Password Recovery: Recovers all network passwords stored on your system for the current logged-on user. It can also recover the passwords stored in Credentials file of external drive, as long as you know the last log-on password.

  • SniffPass Password Sniffer: Utility that listens to your network, capture the passwords that pass through your network adapter, and display them on the screen instantly. SniffPass can capture the passwords of the following Protocols: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP, FTP, and HTTP (basic authentication passwords). You can use this utility to recover lost Web/FTP/Email passwords works under (Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista). Requirement: WinPcap capture driver (

  • Outlook PST Password Recovery: Recovers lost password of Outlook PST file.

  • Wireless Key View: Recovers all wireless network keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by the 'Wireless Zero Configuration' service of Windows XP and by the 'WLAN AutoConfig' service of Windows Vista and 7.

  • Remote Desktop Password Viewer: Reveals the password stored by Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection utility inside the .rdp files.

  • VNC Password Viewer 1.01: Recovers the passwords stored by the VNC tool. It can recover 2 of passwords: password stored for the current logged-on user and password stored for the all users.

> > > Download NirSoft Password Recovery Tools for Windows

2. Ophcrack :

"Ophcrack" is a Windows password recovery software that is by far the fastest and most successful Windows password recovery options. This program also comes in the form of a bootable disc image which can be used if users do not have a separate Windows user account to reset the Windows password.

> > > Download Ophcrack

3. GooglePasswordDecryptor :

GooglePasswordDecryptor is the free software to instantly recover stored Google account passwords by various Google applications (GTalk, Picassa etc) as well as popular web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc). GooglePasswordDecryptor is actually portable. After installing it just copy "GooglePasswordDecryptor.exe" and it will work on any computer without requiring any installation.

> > > Download GooglePasswordDecryptor 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Avast User? A Nifty Trick to Speed up Boot Time

If you are using Avast Free antivirus or Avast Internet Security, you can significantly improve boot up time by making a simple change to your settings

1. Go to the the "Troubleshooting" tab of the "Settings" page.
2. Click the "Load avast services only after loading other windows services".
3. Click "OK" and reboot.

You might want to check this on your system but on mine it resulted in at least a 10 second improvement and the system responds more or less instantly instead of being dog slow for the first 1 minutes.

Hurry : Get Norton 360 Security Suite 6.0 Beta absolutely FREE

Norton has released a beta version of Norton 360 version 6.0 which can be downloaded and tested absolutely free. The latest version of Norton 360 offers:
  • Best protection and performance than ever
  • Improved local or secure online backups
  • Better threat and virus removal
You can download the free beta version using following link:

Download Norton 360 6.0 Beta

To get the product key, you'll need to register your email ID at following link and you'll receive the product key in your Inbox:

Register for Free Product Key (Offer Expired)

Note that this beta release will expire in 3 months (90 days). Norton has promised that you’ll even get a special discount on the final version once the Beta trial ends.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Picasa "Teddy Bear" Easter Egg

If you use the shortcut key combination Ctrl+Shift+Y in Google's Picasa, you'll see a teddy bear! If you press the key combination more than once, you'll see a whole bunch of them!!

20+ Google Chrome's about: and chrome:// commands

Like other browsers, Google Chrome have a special URI scheme to display some special pages that show information about memory usage, cached  files, plug-ins and more. These commands start with an "about:" or "chrome://" followed something, for example - "about:blank" displays a blank page.

Here's the full list:

General Information Pages:
  • about:
    Shows information about Chrome.
  • about:about
    Shows a list of about commands.
  • about:blank
    Shows a blank page.
  • about:plugins
    Shows the plugins page.
  • about:terms
    Shows the Google Chrome License
  • about:credits
    Shows credits
  • chrome://extensions
    Shows installed extentions.
  • chrome:newtab
    Clears the current page
  • chrome://history
    Shows history

      Advanced Information Pages:
      • about:conflicts
        Lists all modules loaded into the main process and modules registered to load at a later point
      • about:cache
        Shows information about the data in the browser cache.
      • about:memory
        Shows a page that compares the memory used by all the active browsers and by Google Chrome's processes.
      • about:dns
        Shows DNS records for 10 frequently visited host-names.
      • about:histograms
        Shows a list of histograms for Google Chrome's internal metrics. 
      • about:net-internals
        Shows network information including Proxy, HostResolver, URLRequest, HTTPCache and SocketStream.
      • about:stats
        Shows a list of internal counters and timers.
      • about:tcmalloc
        Shows stats as of last page load.
      • view-cache:[URL]
        Shows you some under-the-hood cache details.
      • view-source:[URL]
        Shows the source code.

      Debug tools:
      • about:hang
        Type this in the address bar of a tab when there's already an active web page to hang the process (this means that the process no longer accepts any signal, but it's still running). The other tabs will continue to work and the active tab can be closed.
      • about:gpuhang
        Locks the GPU Process for debugging purposes.

          Other Pages:
          • about:flags
            Shows a page where you can enable experimental features
          • about:crash
            Crash the active tab. Google Chrome displays the sad tab" image, followed by this message: "Something went wrong while displaying this webpage. To continue, press Reload or go to another page".

          Sunday, October 2, 2011

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