Most software programs display passwords as asterisks to block anyone passing by from accidentally identifying the typed in password. That feature is however superfluous if there are no other users who can accidentally spot the password. Still, asterisks are displayed whenever the password is entered regardless of whether you use the computer on your own or in a crowded place.
Problems can arise if you forget the password that you use to access the application, or if you need to look it up because you need to enter it on another computer or in another program. This can lead to all kinds of problems like having to reinstall a software program or losing encrypted data.
Asterisk Logger is a portable software program that runs quietly in the background. It monitors and logs windows with password forms. Asterisk Logger basically records passwords and related information giving you access to those information in its interface.
So, it runs in the background and displays the window title, password and application name to you automatically so that you can identify the password used easily with its help.
Many applications, like CuteFTP, CoffeeCup Free FTP, VNC, IncrediMail, Outlook Express, and others, allows you to type a password for using it in the application. The typed password is not displayed on the screen, and instead of the real password, you see a sequence of asterisk ('****') characters. This utility can reveal the passwords stored behind the asterisks in standard password text-boxes.
It does that for many applications in Windows but not for all. It is up to the user to find out about those limitations. Generally speaking it works with most password text-boxes but not with applications that use additional security including web browsers like Firefox or Internet Explorer.
The application is not only logging the password but also the window title, application where the password has been entered and the time. These information can be exported to html or copied right away, for instance to copy it to a password manager or use it directly for sign in purposes.
Update: Please note that the program may be identified incorrectly as malicious by some antivirus programs. While the program can be used by users with malicious intents, it does not offer the same functionality as keyloggers do.
The program is not compatible with Windows Vista or newer versions of Windows. If you use those systems, use BulletsPassView, the successor of Asterisk Logger.
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