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Windows stored passwords?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Bud Norris, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Bud Norris

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    When you access a web site and you want to enter a password Windows always asks if you want Windows to remember this password. If you say yes then the next time you access the web site the password you entered previously will automatically appear in the password box.
    Now this is not a "user logon password". It can be changed by just entering a new password in the box. BUT somewhere Windows stores this password even if it's temporary. So where does Windows store or save this password. (It's NOT a user logon password?).
    There are lots of threads about "user logon password" storage and how to change or remove but none are about this "remembered" password. Does anyone know where this password is kept? I would like to check to make sure any old kept passwords are removed.
     
  2. Phantom010

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    The passwords are encrypted in the registry, so you wouldn't be able to read them.

    Try the free IE PassView.

    For Firefox, there's PasswordFox.
     
  3. Bud Norris

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    This IEpassview may be free to download but if I install it I am installing so many advertizing and spam mail sites that I would go crazy. I will not use it. Thanks anyway!
     
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    What did you click on exactly? I tried it myself and there's absolutely no spam whatsoever. NirSoft has always been trustworthy and provides many useful tools.

    THIS is what you need to download. The program doesn't even require any installation. You only need to unzip it and run the executable file.

    IE PassView does exactly what it's designed to do, for free, no ads, no anything.
     
  5. Bud Norris

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    I downloaded it from nir something or other and received 'setup.exe'. I run this and it wanted to install the file. It began asking me to agree to be emailed by some locations and to agree to have my info scaned, etc. After about four windows I decided to quit. I don't need all the "agree" bull crap.
    Now how do you jusr run the file without installing?
     
  6. Bud Norris

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    OK. Ididn't think about downloading a zip file and extracting the executable. Now that you informed me to do that it works without installing.
    Thank you very much!
     
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    You're welcome! :)

    Let me know if it does what you're looking for.
     
  8. Bud Norris

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    My son's email at ATT Yahoo was hijacked and spam was being sent to all of his contacts. So we had to change his password to stop it.
    He uses Yahoo Messenger all the time. But after changing his password, since Messenger is integrated into his mail account, the password for messenger kept autocompleting his password with an old password and we couldn't change it. So since the password is stored somewhere when you ask Windows to remember it I wanted to remove the old password so that the new one would autocomplete.
    However we ended up completly removing Messenger and reinstalling it. Then when we opened it it asked for the new password and stored it so it now "seems" to work OK with the new password.
    However I've learned over the years that what works today may well not work tommorow so we'll see.

    Thanks again for your help.
     
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