Geek Software of the Week: AsterWin!

OK, have you ever created an account on a web site, and had your browser “cache” the password… but then you forgot the password that you used? Later, you want to log in from another computer, and the password is not cached on that PC; what do you do?

Well, it wouldn’t be a problem if you used AsterWin! It doesn’t work in all cases, and there are some caveats, but it is better than nothing!

AsterWin 1.20

“This utility reveals the passwords stored behind the asterisks (‘***’) in standard password text-boxes. It supports the following operating systems: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. This utility works fine with most password text-boxes, but there are some applications that don’t store the password behind the asterisks, in order to increase their security. In such cases, AsterWin will not be able to reveal the password.

The following applications and OS components don’t store the password behind the asterisks:

  • Netscape 6.x (Passwords in the Web page)
  • Dialup and network passwords in Windows 2000
  • Windows NT/2000/XP user management tools.

Asterwin also cannot reveal the passwords in Internet Explorer Web pages, Because they are stored in different way than in other applications. if you want to discover the passwords behind the asterisks in Internet Explorer, you can download the AsterWin IE utility.”

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