Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nirsoft’s WebBrowserPassView

To me, Nirsoft is one of the best developers out there, his programs are portable, light, simple, ad-free, and straight to the point. You don’t get a program that can do 100 things normally, you get a program that do one thing, and it does it amazingly good. One of most useful tools is called WebBrowserPassView.


This cool program takes care of scanning all the stored passwords on all your browsers; Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 - 10.0), Mozilla Firefox (All Versions), Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. To use it, just run the program and visible and decrypted passwords will be shown, those encrypted or password protected can’t be shown, and I quote:
  • This utility works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000, and up to Windows 8, including 64-bit systems. Older versions of Windows (Windows 98/ME) are not supported, because this utility is a Unicode application.
  • Currently, WebBrowserPassView cannot retrieve the passwords if they are encrypted with a master password. Support for master password will probably be added in future versions.
  • Currently, WebBrowserPassView cannot retrieve passwords from external hard-drive. Support for that might be added in future versions.
  • On Internet Explorer 7.0-9.0, the passwords are encrypted with the URL of the Web site, so WebBrowserPassView uses the history file of Internet Explorer to decrypt the passwords. If you clear the history of Internet Explorer, WebBrowserPassView won't be able to decrypt the passwords.
  • On Google Chrome - passwords originally imported from Internet Explorer 7.0-9.0, cannot be decrypted.

Other than that, you’re good to go.

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