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Remembering a password

by amialki / May 3, 2006 5:45 AM PDT

I have a basic question, when working on the internet and windows remembers a pasword for you, where is that stored on my computor? Can I delete it and can others find and access it?

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Re: password
by Kees Bakker / May 3, 2006 6:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Remembering a password

Those passwords are stored in socalled 'protected storage' (somewhere in the registry). http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/pspv.html has a program to see them (once logged in as the user who entered them). You can clear them from Tools>Internet Option>Contents>Autocomplete (choose between passwords and other data on forms).
If you're using Firefox in stead of IE, that program has something comparable in Tools. But I don't know where it stores them.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Sorry but Norton Anti-Virus decide thet the file pspv.exe
by Ady Eilat / May 4, 2006 8:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: password

the ZIP is a troyan and not only a help-programm

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I downloaded this.
by vmart12 / May 4, 2006 10:54 PM PDT

It's not really an infection, but is a program that is referred to as a hacking program...that is, if someone wanted to get on your computer and use this to find out what your personal info, passwords, sites you have visited, your searches etc. have been. Not something that will "infect" your system. You can erase the data if you want, or keep it for reference if you want to look up any of them.

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Now THAT is a good program!
by brit0n / May 7, 2006 1:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: password

Thanks! I only checked it out to see whether Avast! would pick it up as a virus (with my settings, I tend to get false positives rather than missed positives which makes me feel warm and safe if annoyed lol). It didn't - probably because, although free, Avast! doesn't try to fool me into thinking it is working when it is but doesn't need to waste my time (if you see what I mean). So it knew it was me sitting at my keyboard looking at my passwords using Protected Storage PassView from http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/pspv.html . Amazing! I found out a whole bunch of things I had forgotten, but because I had typed them sometime, I could see them all (from username/password combinations to Auto-Complete entries - even the missplet ones! :OP )

Anyway, thanks for the pointer. And to assure others - it's safe!

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Or Possibly The Cookie
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 3, 2006 10:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Remembering a password

Depending exactly what you mean by "Windows remembering", sometimes a logon password at a website is actually remembered by the cookie for that site. Deleting that particular cookie makes it go bye-bye.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Depends on the browser you're using
by glb613 / May 3, 2006 8:45 PM PDT
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IE uses autocomplete and Netscape uses password manager. Some sites use cookies to remember the information.

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If they log in as you.....
by brit0n / May 5, 2006 3:00 AM PDT
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I think that if you have followed up the advice in the first answer, you will realise that it is pretty simple to find out someone's login names/passwords and all sorts of other information IF they are physically sitting at your computer and log in as you (which in many cases will happen if they turn on your computer).

The answer to your question may depend on the operating system. For instance, Windows 9x/ME password files are stored in *.pwl files, where * is the name(s) that your Windows logon name. Although the passwords are not readable if you open a *.pwl file, they are not really encrypted in any way that can't be easily cracked.

WinXP naturally uses a more sophisticated method and the first response related to that. Although they are in the Registry, they are encrypted and/or hidden so that the average Registry Editor won't see them. (Run regedit if you know the dangers of misediting the Windows Registry and look at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider and you won't see much - if you do, you need to do some searching in the Microsoft Knowledgebase!!!)

So if your question has been answered, please let us know. If not, please let us know your operating system(s), how many users you have etc. One thing that might help is for you to let us have some idea why you ask. If for idle curiosity, the answer is already given. If you want to know if your wife/husband/child/roommate can find out your password, it is a whole different ballgame.

With regard to the latter, remember that not only can someone logged in as you at your PC get your username/password combinations, but they can see your search strings and so on - unless you have all options that might save those switched off (some of them in registry keys). If you are looking at a simple means of improving security if others can use your computer, you might want to download the TweakUI for your computer. It comes under the heading of "PowerToys for Windows". It was written by the Microsoft development team for their own use as a simple means of tweaking registry keys so Microsoft warn that they don't support it (meaning no updates etc). But it works (get the one for YOUR version of Windows!!!!). One of the settings in versions before WinXP included a paranoia setting which would dump ALL that stuff when you logged out/shutdown.

Hope this helps.

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My keyboard
by guatanabe / May 5, 2006 8:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Remembering a password

Every time I type a word my keyboard keys feel hard and instead of spacing after each word they stick together till I rehit the key again. What is wrong? Do I need a new keyboard?

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