Friday, November 16, 2007

Mac OS X Basic Troubleshooting & Maintenance - "When a computer starts acting flaky -- unstable, crashing, freezing or generally misbehaving -- it's a corruption issue 98 percent of the time (unless we've recently done something to it, and there is 98 percent of our clue). After I've ruled out the two-percent by removing whatever I recently added, I will start with the Mac OSX basics:..."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Find all the password-protected or encrypted files on a PC... - "Find all the password-protected or encrypted files on a PC or over the network.
Key Features
* Scans files fast - over 4,000 files per minute on an average PC
* Supports over 100 different file formats
* Lists recovery options and launches appropriate password recovery modules if necessary
* Provides detailed information: file formats, protection methods
* User-friendly Explorer-like interface
* Available as SDK for .NET
* Free version available
* For Home Users
You get a free check of how secure your files are. With EA you can also verify that you still have passwords for your important files. If you need to unprotect your file, you do not have to search
for an appropriate product - EA does it for you and runs the required password recovery module. Enjoy the easy-to-use explorer-like interface with all the necessary options at hand."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Asterisk Key shows passwords hidden under asterisks... - "Asterisk Key - shows passwords hidden under asterisks...Asterisk Key shows passwords hidden under asterisks. Click here to download this free utility.
* Uncovers hidden passwords on password dialog boxes and web pages  
* State of the art password recovery engine - all passwords are recovered instantly  
* Multilingual passwords are supported 
* Full install/uninstall support"

Messenger Key - Instant Messenger Password Decoder - "Messenger Key - password recovery for instant messengers. Messenger Key is a program to recover passwords for ICQ, MSN, Google Talk and Yahoo instant messengers. Click here to download this free utility.
    * All versions of Mirabilis ICQ starting with ICQ 99 are supported
* Mirabilis ICQ Lite is supported
    * MSN Messenger is supported New!
    * Google Talk Messenger is supported New!
    * Yahoo Messenger is supported New!
    * State of the art password recovery engine - all passwords are recovered instantly
    * Multilingual passwords are supported
    * Full install/uninstall support"

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

JScreenFixMIDlet - Fix a Stuck Pixel on Your Cell Phone "First you need a phone or device that supports Java (Most mobile phones and PDAs made in the last 3 years do). Look for an application called Java or Java Launcher in your phone's menu. Copy both JScreenFixMIDlet.jad and JScreenFixMIDlet.jar to your phone's memory. Usually this is done by a USB cable. Now choose the Java option and specify install, browse to the JAD file and select it.
You can also download JScreenFixMIDlet directly by visiting on your phone. The mobile version of the page and the midlet application is only 8,500 bytes in size.
Now choose run to fix stuck pixels on your phone or device using the JScreenFixMIDlet."

Monday, November 12, 2007

New CD Repair Tool Freeware - "Recovery Toolbox for CD Free A tool for recovering date from damaged CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-Ray disks

Recovery Toolbox for CD Free (download) has been developed for recovering data from corrupted media of all types that are most common nowadays: CD, DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. The program allows you to recover files of any types. The tool completely scans disks and saves as much information as possible. During the recovery process, Recovery Toolbox for CD Free uses a lot of different algorithms, which considerably increases the amount and quality of recovered data.

The user will get a complete and readable report about all details of the recovery process.

The program allows the user to control the recovery process in the most comfortable way: what files and from where to recover, where to save data and so on. It is also possible to view all necessary information both about the source of the data being recovered and about the location they will be saved to."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Theory on How Securely "Erased" Data Can be Recovered - I think this is a classic paper on how its possible or at least used to be, theoretically at least to recover data from an "erased" hard disk that has been overwritten several times in the manner suggested by security experts as the best practice short of destroying the disk physically...

Fix Task Manager -  "Fix Task Manager Task Manager Fix is a freeware utility to fix task manager disabled by spywares, trojans and displays error message : "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator", which blocks access to Windows Task Manager.
When you try to open Windows Task Manager, by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL the following error often appear: "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator". This error message appears due to restriction placed in the Windows Registry.
One can easily enable the Task Manager by editing some registry settings. For a normal user editing registry is not easy and a bit risky. Task Manager Fix is designed to enable disabled Task Manager. Download the FREE Task Manager Fix tool to quickly enable Task Manager.
Handy windows system recovery tool to remove Task Manager restrictions. Download Task Manager Fix This download (Task Manager Fix v1.0) is FREEWARE.
Freeware is copyrighted computer software which is made available for use free of charge, for an unlimited time, as opposed to shareware where the user is required to pay ( e.g. after some trial period or for additional functionality). More info at Wikipedia."

Disk Imager Freeware - probably high quality since it's from GetData.

Free Advice on Dealing with "Dead" Hard Drive - "Your Hard Disk seems dead. It's not responding anymore. You hear a few "biz biz" when you're trying to boot from it and then it stops and you can't access it.
You try everything, and I mean everything because I know you... You even knock it, you even rock it because you remember having read that it might help. And that's true, the damned thing is just stucked in there. You well may succeed, but maybe not. You lost everything, and a hard disk. 

Stop crying. The thing is dead, so why don't you open it ? You have nothing to loose. Get a screwdriver and have a peek inside. Don't touch the plates, don't touch anything. Plug it. Try to boot, from it or from another one or from a floppy, doesn't matter. 

Observe. As you start up, the arm moves a bit (biz biz) but then it stops. Push on it a bit. The head will now go all the way to the inner part of the plates. That's the " biz biz biz biz biz biz biz biz biz biz biz " you're familiar with. If not, cut the power off and put it back on ; try something, you'll get lucky. 

Save your data on another disk.

At the next restart, maybe you'll have to help it again, maybe not. It depends on how lucky you are."

X3F Repair - Freeware - "X3F Repair - FREE
The X3F file type is a RAW image photo taken by digital cameras with X3 sensors. The X3F format is popular because the files contain compressed raw data with a preview image and all the information needed to archive top-quality photographs and to render them to output files for different uses.
However, .X3F files can easily become corrupted so that RAW .x3F digital photos cannot be accessed.
X3F Repair will allow you to quickly open and repair a corrupt or damaged .X3F file."

Canon RAW File Recovery Freeware - "Canon RAW File Recovery Software

CRW Repair is a data recovery program for Canon RAW (.CRW) photos. It is designed to recover damaged or corrupt CRW files (.crw files) that will not open normally. The recovered file can then be saved as an error free CRW file.

CRW Repair is simple to use
* Select the CRW file you want to repair or open;
* CRW Repair will test and repair the file size of the CRW file;
* A preview of the repaired file is displayed in the preview window;
* Click "Save" to save the repaired CRW file.

The CRW file type is mostly used when there is a requirement of later processing of the photos. The RAW format has a structure that is fundamentally similar to TIFF, however the RAW format gives you the maximum possible options to manipulate things like exposure or white balance. There is no real downside of shooting in a RAW format except that the images are larger so not as many images will fit on a memory card.
A primary source of CRW corruption can be a change in file size. CRW files are structurally very complex and even a slight change can render the CRW file inaccessible. CRW repair examines the file size to ensure that it is correct.

Canon cameras also usually store a JPEG image along with the RAW image inside the CRW file. This allows users to quickly get access to a jpeg, but also have the option to manipulate the RAW data at a later stage. CRW Repair also give you the separate ability to access and extract the .jpeg image."

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Nice List Including Some New Freeware for Data Recovery of Various Kinds - Doesn't seem to be any specific IPod recovery programs that's really freeware here. On the other hand some of the deleted file recovery programs listed here might work.

IPod Recovery Freeware Add-in for WinAmp Ipod plug-in for Winamp that probes the IPod database for lost songs and will fix corrupt timestamps on tunes. WinAmp the freeware media player.

Winmail Opener - Winmail Opener is a small and simple utility that allows you to view and extract contents of TNEF-encoded messages (infamous winmail.dat). That means if you receive winmail.dat on your e-mail, with Winmail Opener you can view the rich text message contents and attachments embedded into this file.

You may receive winmail.dat files from the senders who are using Microsoft Outlook (97, 2000). Winmail.dat contains all attachments and rich text message, and not all e-mail clients can recognize its format. Winmail Opener is the solution. Winmail Opener features
* Winmail Opener is absolutely free - no nag screens, no ads, no spyware, no time limit.
* Supports RTF message text.
* You can drag-and-drop TNEF-encoded files into Winmail Opener for opening them.
* You can drag-and-drop decoded attachments from Winmail Opener to any location for saving them.
* Allows to operate with embedded attachments with standard system popup menu (Open, Open with, Copy, etc.)
* Supports command line mode for batch decoding.
* The executable has small size and low system requirements.

MBR Repair

New to Me Free Excel and Word Password Cracker Ms Word Excel Cracker is a handy tool, designed to recover lost or forgotten passwords for password protected *.xls files created using Microsoft Word, Excel 97 2000 XP 2003 application or any other excel or word-compatible software.

Have you ever used password protected word or excel files? Perhaps you received such kind of files with important data from your business partner by e-mail or may be you keep data in password protected doc or xls files to prevent an illegal access.

If so, then you happened probably to forget or to be incapable to find a password to one of these *.xls, *.doc files. It becomes a more trouble if you need data stored in the file immediately.

This is not a problem any more!

Click here to view screenshots

Ms Word Excel Cracker is a completly FREE Software. It contains absolutely NO ADWARE, NO SPYWARE, NO REGISTRATION, NO POPUPS, NO MALWARE or other unwanted software.

Update to L0phtCrack Method for Cracking Windows Passwords

Friday, October 19, 2007

New Comprehensive Corrupt Lotus 123 Recovery Steps Displayed on IBM/Lotus Site

Word Document and Application Errors and What to Do seems to be run by MS Word MVPs. interesting page in site above. another smaller site for what to do when Word crashes.

Rare Text Extractor BinText is Uploaded to the Group

I have uploaded Foundstone's excellent useful text extractor BinText. They no longer list the program on their site. It's now here:

"The event log file is corrupt" Error on 64 Bit Version of Windows and Windows Server

Opening Corrupt Excel Files - 2 New Ideas gives some of the standard methods but includes two I have not seen:
  • "Set calculation to manual( Open Excel, Choose Tools, Options from the menu, click the Calculation tab and choose Manual). Hit OK. Now try to open the file. [I haven't seen this suggestion before].
  • Open the file, but disable macros (assuming you've set macro security to medium: Tools, Macro, security) [I think this can be done by opening Excel in Safe Mode which I have seen before]
  • As soon as you've clicked the disable macros button, press control-pageup or control-pagedown, thus changing sheets. Sometimes the corruption is inside a chart on a specific sheet, changing the sheet to another may prevent a crash, enabling you to copy the otherCsheets." [Tricky nice idea.]

Restoring A Corrupt Final Cut Pro Project - Gives 12 steps to recovering Final Cut Pro files.

New High Powered Undelete Freeware “ Pandora Recovery is a powerful free tool that provides its users an effective way to attempt recovery of permanently deleted files. And that does not mean restoration of a file from Recycle Bin. Pandora Recovery actually recovers files permanently removed from Recycle Bin, files originally deleted using Shift + Delete keys bypassing Recycle Bin and files deleted from DOS prompt.
Pandora Recovery is not a backup tool - it can recover files that have been deleted months before Pandora Recovery was installed. And while the likelihood of successful recovery is negatively affected by the time passed since the deletion of files Pandora Recovery users were able to recover files deleted more than five years after deletion!"

Extensive Deleted File Recovery List from Wasbit


BadCdRepair Pro -
CD Check -
CD Reader -
Cd Recovery Toolbox - -
Copy Cat - - "Copy cat can copy a CD or DVD which is scratched or can copy data from harddisk area which is partially not readable"
Copy it Anyway -
Dead Disk Doctor -
Encopy -
Indisc Recovery -
ISO Puzzle -
IsoBuster -

FILE RECOVERY FROM HARD DRIVES (see also, Back-up & Imaging)

Ancysoft - - Data-Recov.. .
Boot Builder -
Data Recovery -
Data Unerase -
Deleted File Analysis Utility2.0 - - Utilities_File_Management_Deleted_File_Ana...
DiskTest (for floppies) - (watchout for pop-ups)
Disk Investigator -
Drive Rescue -
eData Unerase Personal -
Emergency Utility - - Creates usable copies of REGEDIT, MSCONFIG and Task Manager
File Extractor -
filennnn.chk repair -
File Recovery 4 -
FindNTFS -
Floppy Recovery -
FlopShow -
Free Undelete -
Handy Recovery 1 -
HD Workbench -
ISO Puzzle -
Linux Reader for Windows -
Low level undeleters list -

MyPlayCity -
NTFS File Undeleter -
NTFS Reader for DOS -
NTFS Reader for 95, 98, Me -
NTFS Recover -
Partition Saving -
PC Inspector File Recovery -

R-Linux -
Recuva -
ResQfloppy -
Recoverdm (tgz file) -
Restorer 2000 -
Restoration -
Smart Data Recovery -
Smart Flash Recovery -

SoftPerfect File Recovery - and - 3 programmes
TestDisk -
Tokiwa -
Turbo File Uneraser - (requires free registration)
Ultimate Data Recovery - Undelete -
Undelete Plus -
Undeletion wizard -
Unstoppable Copier -
VAIOSoft Recovery Manager -

Word Repair -
Zero Assumption -

FILE RECOVERY FROM CAMERA DRIVES & MEMORY DRIVES If one recovery programme doesn't work then try another. Also try making an exact image of the drive and work from that.

Art Plus -
Canon CWR Fixer - - req eData unerase (also free) from same site
Dead Disk Doctor -
Digital Image Recovery -
Disk Investigator -
DNG Recover Edges -
eData Unerase -
Exif Untrasher -
French list -
Free Undelete -
Hints -
Indisc Recovery -
MjM -
NTFS Recover -
PC Inspector Smart Recovery (Camera,pen & smart card) -
Photorec -
Picajet - and
Restoration -
S2services -
Smart Flash Recovery - index1.html
Sony memory stick file recovery - and downloads/downloads.asp?l=en
Zero Assumption -

Source Wasbit -

Behind Asterisk Revealor Written in Assembly Language PWShow (PasswordShow) displays the characters being asterisks in password fields of many applications. It works with all win32 flavors and is completely free. It's from this cool site -

You receive a "Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt" error message when you open a document in Word 2003 When you try to use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to open a document that was created in an earlier version of Microsoft Word, the document does not open, and you receive the following error message : Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt.

Try one or more of the following:

* Open and Repair the file.

* Open the file with the Text Recovery converter. (C:\Documents and Settings\...\test.doc)

Suggestion for Way to Fix Corrupt Corrupt PST File

1. Try to import messages from corrupt PST file into Thunderbird and then back into Outlook.

2. Another common freeware to try to import messages in from a corrupt PST file is the Eudora Light Client.

How to Quickly Recover All the Images from a Non-Corrupt PowerPoint File (or any MS Office File I'd Expect)

This is a neat cross-post from a user named the creayonist in an post. See here:
  1. "Open the presentation in OpenOffice
  2. Save in "Open document presentation" ( .odp ) format.
  3. Exit openoffice.
  4. Locate this file in windows explorer ( or whichever file manager you are using ) and rename the file from .odp to .zip.
  5. Now you can use any unzip program to open this file. Look into a sub- folder named "pictures" and extract the images..."
I think this will also work for recovering the images from a word processing document and will work for quickly recovering videos and music from say PowerPoint files, just open them in Open Office Presentation first.

Freeware for Capturing an Image of a Disk and Searching the Image for Deleted Files ProDiscover Basic Edition. ProDiscover Basic is a complete GUI based computer forensic software package. It includes the ability to image, preserve, analyze and report on evidence found on a computer disk drive. It is freeware and may be used and shared without charge. Support is available only through the On-line Community Forum in the Online ProDiscover Community Forum. For information of training, please contact us by email at"

Uploaded Astound 2.0

Gold Disk Astound 2.0 came out in 1995. It was ahead of it's time. It apparently can open and edit PowerPoint 1.0 - 3.0 files (I think PowerPoint 3.0 is part of Office 4.0) but apparently not Powerpoint 95 files. It also seems to be able to load and edit Freelance files version 1.0 - 2.0 and may be other higher versions as well. It's in this group's file directory:
The company that developed the product moved on to focusing on conferencing software. The domain no longer seems to point to the company, so I'm classifying this as abandonware. My name is Paul Pruitt, and my uncle's company, Brock and Company, Inc., along with my name is associated with the license for the software as displayed during install. I take full responsibilities for any legal fallout. I sold the license to Brock and Company, Inc. but I'm sure they are not currently using this 12 year old software.

New PowerPoint Compatible Presentation Program - Try Opening Corrupt PowerPoint FIles Here "SoftMaker Presentations lets you create any kind of presentation, from simple school projects to complex business presentations. You can show your presentations as slide shows, export them as pictures, or pass them on as PowerPoint files."

Freeware PDF unlocker - is a freeware program that will remove the password and restrictions on any PDF file that you can read. Most commonly used to remove restrictions such as No printing or copy & paste functions. Uses a simple drag and drop method. You do not need to know the "owner" password for this to work. Removes 40 or 128 bit passwords. Works as well as any retail or shareware program you could purchase. Gets me steamed up when others charge for a GUI front end over a freeware engine.

New Deleted File Recovery/Failing Disk Recovery Tool tool for recovering data off disks (accidently deleted files and off failing disks). It first creates an image of the disk.

File Corruption and What to Do About It with Lotus WordPro and 123 Files Sometimes corrupt files crash the application a number of seconds after opening the file. Because a crash can occur quickly, there may not be time to do a File -> Save or File -> Save As before the crash, especially if the crash is unexpected. This is where LotusScript can help, since it's much faster than manually saving the file.

This document contains a link to a Word Pro document that contains two sample scripts. You can use the scripts to open a file and either save it in Word Pro format, or save it as a Microsoft Word file. For more information, refer to Document #7002671, "Diagnosing and recovering corrupt or damaged files," "Files are corrupt or damaged when they display abnormal behavior, produce error messages, and crash or freeze the application or the operating system. The behavior is usually file-specific, with a new file of similar content free of the same symptoms. Damaged files cause either a general protection fault (GPF) or invalid page fault (IVP) error, usually on opening, closing, printing, or saving in Word Pro.

External circumstances can also cause file corruption and damage.

For example, saving Word Pro files to a network using certain Novell 32-bit clients damages all these files beyond recovery. Other factors that cause errors can be hardware or software conflicts, or an incorrectly configured printer driver. It is essential to determine if the problem is limited to only one or very few files, or is a more extensive system problem."

New to Me Disk Imager - -"SelfImage is the little hard drive utility with big aspirations. SelfImage is capable of making an image file of a hard disk or hard disk partition, and can restore an image back to any drive or partition that doesn't have open files. Useful for making backups. Unlike dd for Windows (or cygwin), SelfImage is capable of creating an image of a partition that is currently in use."

Looking for Problems with CDRs - shows you where problems are on CDRs too. -" VSO-Inspector is a free add-on to report various information about your hardware configuration. Using this freeware, you can check the listed cd and dvd readers and writers connected to your computer, check the firmware used. The details about the media used and the speed supported by a given writer with this media. Also you can scan a burnt media for read errors and be confident about the readability of your fresh backup."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tool to Try to Open Corrupt Lotus 123, DB or DBF Files and Export Them Exportizer 4.02 NEW Database utility, which allows to copy database files to clipboard or export them to file. Can open DBF, DB, TXT, CSV, ASC, Lotus (WJ2, WK1) files. Supports text, HTML, XML, RTF, XLS, CSV, and DBF destination

New Deleted File Recovery Find "Have you accidentally deleted important files from your hard drive, or your hard drive became corrupted, losing all or some of your important data, files, and folders?
As long as your system's hardware is functional, award winning Ultimate Data Recovery may be an only solution you need for all your data recovery and undelete needs. With do-it-yourself data recovery product Ultimate Data Recovery you can quickly and easily restore your files saving your time, money and resources.
Ultimate Data Recovery will help you rescue your lost or inaccessible files from any imaginable data recovery disaster.

Ultimate Data Recovery works by analyzing your disk on a bit-by-bit level. This means it sees things that regular Windows programs can't. It then uses it's built-in intelligence to spot deleted files... and then attempts to recover them, so you can work with them as normal.

Ultimate Data Recovery works with practically all disks currently in use. As a general guide, if you can see it in Windows Explorer, you can use it with Ultimate Data Recovery - including FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS (including compressed and encrypted) partitions."

Fix XP internet connectivity - WinSock XP Fix some Windows XP repair tips."WinSock XP Fix offers a last resort if your Internet connectivity hasbeen corrupted due to invalid or removed registry entries. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstall of firewall applications or other tools that modify the XP network and Winsock settings. If you encounter connection problems after removing network related software, Adware or after registry clean-up; and all other ways fail, then give WinSock XP Fix a try. It can create a registry backup of your current settings, so it is fairly safe to use. We actually tested it on a test machine that was having a Winsock problem due to some Adware removal, and after running the utility and rebooting, the connectivity was restored."

Misc. Password Recovery Freeware and Free Resources - A good tool to use also is Active@ Password Changer utility. It can reset lost or forgotten windows password quickly

Network Password Recovery Freeware

Cisco Password Recovery
* "GetPass - Router Password Decoder - A utility to decode Cisco-compatible router type 7 passwords."
* - "Your network possesses several routers, and sooner or later you discover that one of the access passwords has been lost. What can you do? If you have reserve copies of the routers' configuration files, you can use our free Cisco Password Recovery Tool to recover the lost password. The Cisco Password Recovery Tool can be used to recover the following key types: * Router access password; * User password; * Authorization key for a RADIUS server; * Authorization key for a TACACS server; * Router access-via-console password. WARNING: the CPRT is incapable of recovering a password that provides the right to work in privileged mode."
* "Recovering the passwords for most Cisco devices via the console port is very simple. However, Cisco has purchased so many other manufacturers and put the Cisco label on their devices that the procedures for password recovery vary greatly from one Cisco device to another."
* "Cisco Password Recovery on an IOS Switch"
Protected Storage/IE Password Recovery
* This great software lets you "see" what is behind the asterisks, so you can see your actual password when you need it. Password Spectator works both with Internet sites and with software applications that require entering passwords.
* Password-recovery tool for Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP. Also reveals IE passwords. A bit harder to handle than version 1.0, but that's Microsoft's fault. Right-click the screenshot below and start the download.
* "This useful software gives you the opportunity to take a look at you passwords when you need it. The program works both with password fields on the Net and with the software that requires entering passwords for one reason or another. It allows you to see the actual symbols when you type your
* "Protected Storage PassView is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored on your computer by Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. The passwords are revealed by reading the information from the Protected Storage. These include all email and web site passwords where you chose "remember password" (not cookie passwords) as well as auto-complete passwords. This utility can
only show the passwords of the current logged-on user. it cannot reveal the passwords of other users. Allows you to see all the passwords IE has stored if you agreed to the auto-login feature. Also allows you to quickly see the passwords for logging into POP accounts stored in Outlook Express. Very useful."
Misc. Network Password Recovery
* Eric's Telnet 98 password decoder 0.1 t98pwd - Decodes the password stored in UserData\User\.config. 9.0.
* DNS4ME Client proxy password decoder 0.1.1 dns4mepwd - it simply decodes the socks proxy password stored by this program. It seems to be the only encoded data stored by this program...
* AllegroSurf login and servers passwords decoder 0.1.1 allegropwd - Decodes any password stored in the registry (login and servers by the program AllegroSurf. 6.0.
* Enternet passwords decoder 0.1 enterpwd - Decodes all the passwords stored in the file EnterNet.ini created by Enternet (the program for DSL lines (1.5c)).
* IPalt alternate number calculator and retriever 0.1 ipaltcalc - number calculator and retriever for. Ipalt.

Misc. Password Recovery Freeware and Free Resources

Instant Messenger Password Recovery Freeware IpSwitch Instant Messaging server passwords decoder 0.1.1a iimspwd - Decodes all the password of any available account in the registry. - IpSwitch Instant
Messaging client last password decoder 0.1.1 iimpwd - Decodes the last
password stored in the registry. - "Mirabilis ICQ is an instant messenger app like AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger."
jpesc... - ICQ 99 Password Recovery. "MSN Messenger PasswordRecovery is the MSN password finder that instantly cracks and decrypts the MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messeger 8 and Windows Messenger passwords stored on your computer. It can be used to recover your forgotten MSN password. Program works when the "Remember my Password" tickbox is checked in the messenger. All versions of MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Messenger are supported. Multiple accounts are also supported." "Mail PassView is a small password-recovery tool that reveals the passwords and other account details for the following email clients: Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only), Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts), IncrediMail, Eudora, Netscape 6.x/7.x, Mozilla Thunderbird, Group Mail Free, Yahoo! Mail - If the password is saved in Yahoo! Messenger application, Hotmail/MSN mail - If the password is saved in MSN Messenger application, and Gmail - If the password is saved by Gmail Notifier application. For each email account, the following fields are displayed: Account Name,
Application, Email, Server, Server Type (POP3/IMAP/SMTP), User Name, and the
Password." - TinMessenger C6 password decoder 0.1 c6pwd - (italian poche righe di codice per decodificare le password salvate dal programma).

Game Password Recovery Freeware

* Blade of Darkness gore password decoder 0.1 bladepwd - Decodes the password stored in Password.txt of the game Severance: Blade of Darkness. - 1.001.
* Battlefield 2 Remote Administrator (BF2RA password decoder 0.1 bf2rapwd - Decodes the password in settings.ini. 0.2.
* Empire Earth 2 online account password decoder 0.1 ee2pwd. Simple password decoder for the Gamespy account contained in settings.cfg, tested versus the demo but should work versus the retail too. 1.1.
* Soldier of Fortune 1 and 2 violence password decoder 0.3 sof2violpwd - Decodes the violence password stored in the registry of both Soldier of Fortune 1 and 2 1.07
and 1.03.
* The Universal (Galaxy password decoder 0.1 theunipwd. Decodes the password in the file Tractor.cfx. 1.38.
* BF1942 Server and Remote Manager passwords decoder 0.1 bfsmpwd - Decodes any server and client password and sniffed data of this Battlefield 1942/Vietnam manager. 2.0b4h. Requires Openssl, if you have Windows go - here:
* Lords of the Realm III account password decoder 0.1 lotr3pwd - Decodes the Gamespy account password stored in gamespyinfo.dat Trillian passwords decoder 0.1 trillianpwd - Decodes any password inside the ini files of this program 0.74i.
* Steam password decoder 0.1 steampwd. Experimental tool for decoding the password stored in the local and the local ClientRegistry.blob file. The steam.dll file included is EXACTLY the same of some Steam versions ago, not altered or modified, just the original one. If you want to use a newer or different steam.dll file you must also modify the offset called by the program. 1.0?
* TotalSims games real-time login password decrypter 0.1 totalsimspwd. This program is a sniffer that is able to decrypt in real-time the data containing the username and password sent to the login server of the TotalSims games. Some of the games that use this login method are Armored Assault, Dawn of Aces, Warbirds and many others (Win32 only Winpcap 3.x
* THIS is an offline version to use with dumped login data (informations at runtime).
* Station Launchpad profile and packet password decoder 0.1 lppwd - Decodes the passwords stored in the local account files or that included in the login UDP packet sent to 1.60. Requires Openssl, if you have Windows go. here.
* Time of Defiance password decoder 0.1.1 todpwd - Decodes the stored password of this online game. 2.14.
* XIII profiles unpacker for account retrieving 0.1 xiiipwd - unzips the .profiles in the Save folder of the game containing the account informations, if stored (tested only with the demo, so contact me if
works also with the retail profiles. demo.
* Uplink users and data.dat files decoder 0.1 uplinkpwd - Decodes the users and data.dat files. 1.31.
* Massive Assault Network password decoder 0.1 manpwd - Decodes the profile2.bin file containing the password and other account informations. 1.2.211.
* password decoder 0.1 ubicompwd - Decodes the passwords stored in the profile files. GS4.
* Gamespy Arcade password decoder 0.1 gsapwd - Decodes the password stored in Profiles\ID\settings.cfg. 14d.
* - Gore cd-key decoder 0.1.1 gorekey - Decodes the cd-key of the game Gore stored in the registry

Remote Desktop Type Software Password Recovery Freeware

* PC Anywhere configuration files decoder 0.1 pcanydec - a simple files decoder to be able to watch the informations (and the passwords inside them).

*"VNCPwdump can be used to dump and decrypt the registry key containing the encrypted VNC password in a few different ways."

*"PCAnywhere PassView allows you to recover the password from the "Protect item" tab, as well as for the Remote Control Items and Caller Items. Tested with v8.0 and v10.0."

* CryptUnprotectData and RDP passwords decrypter 0.1 - cunprot. This tool has been created for decrypting the password in the local RDP files used for Remote Desktop but I have made it compatible to decrypt any type of input with the CryptUnprotectData function. This tool works also with the password stored in the Profile.con file of Battlefield 2 and many other programs which use the same encryption method. In case of problems or unrecognized password, copy the password hash in a new text file and pass it to the tool. Note that only the user who encrypted the password can decrypt it

**VNC password decoder 0.1.1 - vncpwd - decrypts the passwords encrypted with the classic VNC des method found in the vnc files, from the command-line and in the registry (VNC, TightVNC, Ultr@VNC and many others)

Password Recovery Freeware Lists (Portals)

* cool substantial site that lists many freeware and commercial-ware for password recovery and test their speed at password cracking. Only site of it's kind. Visit here first!

* in terms of numbers of entries, the premier password cracker freeware download site.

* Free and commercial software crackers.

* substantial password recovery portal.

* jpes...
- cool password recovery collection.


* Nice password cracker site with  freeware many downloads.

* John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many
flavors of Unix (11 are officially supported, not counting different architectures), Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash
types most commonly found on various Unix flavors, supported out of the box are Kerberos AFS and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hashes, plus several more with contributed patches.

Brute Force Hash Crackers - Most Powerful but Most Difficult to Use "Brutus is one of the fastest, most flexible remote password crackers you can get your hands on - it's also free. It is available for Windows 9x, NT and 2000, there is no UN*X version available although it is a possibility at some point
in the future. Brutus was first made publicly available in October 1998 and since that time there have been at least 70,000 downloads and over 175,000 visitors to this page. Development continues so new releases will be available in the near future. Brutus was written originally to help me check routers etc. for default and common passwords.""This tool is designed to recover passwords for following hashes: MySQL, MD4, MD4(Base64), MD5, MD5(Base64), MD5(Unix), MD5(APR), MD5(RAdmin 2.x), SHA-1 and SHA-1(Base64).""John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix (11 are officially supported, not counting different architectures), DOS, Win32, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix flavors, supported out of the box are Kerberos AFS and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hashes, plus several more with contributed patches.""Medusa is intended to be a speedy, massively parallel, modular, login brute-forcer. The goal is to support as many services which allow remote authentication as possible." Comment - Will work with: CVS, FTP, HTTP, IMAP, MS-SQL, MySQL, NetWare NCP, PcAnywhere, POP3, PostgreSQL, REXEC, RLOGIN, RSH, SMBNT, SMTP-AUTH, SMTP-VRFY, SNMP, SSHv2, Subversion (SVN), Telnet, VMware Authentication Daemon (vmauthd), VNC, and Generic Wrapper."MDCrack is a free featureful password cracker designed to bruteforce several commonly used hash algorithms at a very aggressive speed rate. It can retrieve any password made of up to 8 characters (16 for PIX algorithms) and 55 characters when salted."

Windows Password Recovery/Cracking/Resetting Freeware "The Windows 9X PassView utility reveals several passwords stored on your computer by the Windows 95/98 operating system. They include the user name and the password of the current logged-on user, the passwords of your network shares, the password of the screen saver and the cached passwords (if any) off the current user." -"WASP displays all passwords of the currently logged in user that are stored in the Microsoft PWL file password database. It allows the convenient management (i.e. supervision and /or deletion) of this file to improve the security /privacy of your PC. It is also very useful for educational purposes about computer security . The documentation also contains general information about the PWL files and their security. This software is designed for Win 95 / 98 . (Note: this tool only shows the password of the user that is currently logged in. It cannot be used to reveal passwords that you are not authorized for.) Not for Windows NT/2000!"

This may be the most popular freeware for viewing the pwl passwords.* A GUI utility for cracking password protected Windows 95/98/ME shares. Doesn't use brute-force, any password is cracked in a few minutes regardless of the length.
xIntruder.s... - Utility for cracking password protected Windows 95/98/ME shares. xIntruder exploits vulnerability in SMB implementation on these operating systems, which allows for very effective collection of
passwords (any password in local network less than one minute, in the internet less than 10 minutes), originally discovered by

* "Simple utility to view cached passwords (of the currently logged in User) saved in the corresponding pwl file. It really is interesting how many passwords are
saved over time and sometimes even without notice...Win9x"

* - "A command-line utility, tests all possible keys and finds the matching password with guarantee." Comment - I can't test this since I don't have a Win 98 machine.

* A command-line utility, decrypts some of the shared resources in .pwl file, doesn't find the password."

++ Windows Software Key Finder Freeware++

* "RockXP allows you to retrieve and change your XP product key that you used when you installed Windows XP. This can come very handy if you need to reinstall but have misplaced or lost the CD cover with the serial sticker. In addition, the program also lets you save the product activation to a file, enables you to recover usernames and passwords contained in the Windows Secure Storage, recover your Microsoft Windows Products keys and have password generator."

* "The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install Windows from your registry. It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping. It works on Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP /Server 2003, Office 97, and Office XP. This version is a quick update to make it work with Windows Server 2003."

* "XP SysPad is a Windows system monitoring utility that allows easy access to Windows system information and system utilities, such as the individual control panel applets, as well as putting the "hidden" applications in Windows at your fingertips. It recovers lost Windows & MS-Office product keys and provides easy access to Windows System utilities!"

* "Win keyfinder retrieves your windows Xp, win 2000, windows me, 98, 2003 and .NET Product keys from the registry and display it for you. Usually the keys are encoded and stored in the registry it decodes it and also allows You to change Windows XP, 2003, and .Net Product Keys just press of a button. It is simple and easy to use."

++Misc. Windows Password Recovery Freeware and Sites++

* "LILOPwd dump LILO map file where are saved passwords in clear text." Comment - Unless Imisunderstand, apparently i f you use the LILO OS Loader freeware, your OS passwords (including Windows ones) are stored in clear text in an easily accessible file.

* datapro... - "This article provides a technical walkthrough that illustrates how to use important data recovery and protection features in Windows XP. Also included are best practices and the steps you need to take to build an effective data recovery and protection strategy."

* "Protected Storage PassView is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored on your computer by Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. The passwords are revealed
by reading the information from the Protected Storage. These include all email and web site passwords where you chose "remember password" (not cookie passwords) as well as auto-complete passwords. This utility can only show the passwords of the current logged-on user. it cannot reveal the passwords of other users. Allows you to see all the passwords IE has stored if you agreed to the auto-login feature. Also allows you to quickly see the passwords for logging into POP accounts stored in Outlook Express. Very useful."

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