Reveal Saved Internet Explorer Passwords

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 10, 2007
Updated • May 31, 2013

It is very convenient to save login passwords for Internet sites such as forums, blogs or pay-sites in the web browser so that you can log in to those sites with the click of the button when you visit them again.

That is, it is great until you can't remember the password anymore but would like to know it again, or notice that anyone else on the system can look at your saved passwords as well.

This could be the case if you want to switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox or Opera for instance. how do you get saved passwords from Internet Explorer to another browser?

Protected Storage Pass View does not only reveal passwords that have been saved in Internet Explorer while accessing protected sites or using the auto complete form, but also passwords that have been saved in Outlook Express and MSN Explorer.

All of the passwords are encrypted and hidden, and Pass View automatically scans and displays all the information that it can find in the Windows Registry. Internet Explorer passwords are shown next to the url and the username which is all the information one needs to access those sites and services again.

Please note that only the passwords of the user who is currently logged into the system are revealed in this manner. Click here to download protected storage pass view and ie pass view.

The IE PassView program is compatible with all recent versions - and not to recent - of Internet Explorer from IE 4.0 all the way up to Internet Explorer 9. For each password, you also get the web address, type, where it is stored and the username.  One, some or all items displayed by the program can be exported as a HTML report or to CSV, XML or txt files.

Note that the Protected Storage PassView application has not been updated since 2006 which is a strong indicator that it may not be compatible with newer versions of Internet Explorer anymore. I suggest you try IE PassView first which is compatible with all recent versions of Windows and all versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.


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  1. tntwins said on April 25, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Ok so i cant open my gmail anywhere else except my home desk top because it is the only place that saved my password. AND I can only open gmail with Internet explorer not chrome!

    I tried IE PASSVIEW and it sure enough reminded me of the password from years ago that I had forgotten! Yay! right? NOPE SO now i try to use my revealed password to change it to something that I can remember and set up gmail with Chrome. When I log on using the password that IE PASS VIEW shows gmail says same thing Chrome says ” your password was changed seven months ago” so where do I find the new change ? And isnt that what ie pass viewer was downloaded to do? Please explain and help me I have been trying since December to fix this! Thanks

  2. Mohammad said on February 25, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Hi, I was expecting that this product(program) functions such as (Programs Storing the Logins of Websites (for instance, Norton Identity safe and HP simplepass) which will let a user see all websites’ passwords and user names.
    However, it seems as though this program cannot let a user see all passwords and user names of websites saved by IE.
    IF this program displayed all passwords and user names as a CSV or other file format which can be read by any editor programs, it would have been more better.

  3. ken thailand said on October 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

    thank you

  4. Wayne Tempel said on April 22, 2011 at 1:05 am

    This program is VERY limited in functionality. Microsoft One Note does a better job. Just highlight the password, right click, send to Microsoft One Note option BAM you have your password!

  5. Qaasim said on February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Nice post

    For anyone interested my blog explains how to recover your passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozzila Firefox and Opera.

    It also explains how to secure against people from using these techniques from stealing your passwords.

    you can find it at

    Hope this helps people!

  6. Mehran said on September 28, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Awesome work…good dude…

  7. Annon said on March 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I am dumbfounded. I try and avoid IE at all costs but occaisionally I have to use it, and right now I need to recover some passowords. IE doesnt have a simple View saved passwords? WTF? Anytime on a windows machine for more then 10 minutes and I am reminded of just how bad MS really is.

    @lyndonmaxewell: If people have access to the machine almost anything is possible. When you are logged in as you, you should have control over your information.

  8. Arasch said on October 29, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Hi every buddy!
    I took a used network work-station running windows xp pro and proxy server on internet explorer.
    The user-id of ie has been saved on this machine.
    I want to change operating system but does not have the ID (user/pass) for logging into ie proxy server.
    Is there any can help me, how to recover this id?
    please e-mail me:
    arasch.joon at

  9. CypherHackz said on March 12, 2007 at 1:59 am

    in firefox, you also can view the saved passwords unless you put master password to protect it.

  10. Dante said on March 12, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Ah. I see what you are now. Just posting to post. Never contributing anything. Just say a few derogatory words on the subject and than look smug and intellectual cause you’ve “said” something. To me, this product is useless. A keylogger is more effective. But if something like you don’t like it… time to give this another look.

  11. Me said on March 11, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    No I won’t, Dante.

  12. Dante said on March 11, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    “Can one trust such a tool?” Of course not. That’s why you have firewalls and anti-virus scans. The moment it tries to dial out you know it’s a trojan. Duh. Any good tester, including you scriptbabies, would have imaged the test system’s harddrive with Nero Ghost already prior to seeing it this tries to dial out. This is why I am not stating whether this is safe or not – don’t take my word for it, just test it safely.

  13. Me said on March 11, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Can one trust such a tool ? One can’t be sure it doesn’t do a bit more than what it claims to. If it can reveal the protected storage, it might transmit the usernames and passwords at the next internet connection as well. Who knows ?
    This kind of free tool may be safe, but can be not. And as it is not absolutely necessary to try it, I won’t take the risk.

  14. ilo said on March 10, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Thanx dude once again you post a good
    and useful topic, just when i was looking fore something
    like this you posted g dude thanx ery good job
    very helpful thanx.

  15. lyndonmaxewell said on March 10, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Well, if I’m off my terminal for a moment while someone just comes in to use, wouldn’t it be possible for him to retrieve all the passwords that I have entered at the moment? This is part of a security flaw, I feel.

    1. rockoman100 said on February 3, 2010 at 2:44 am

      This is why you should lock your computer every time you move away from it. make sure your computer is password protected.

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