If you’re remotely tech savvy or follow tech sites like this one, then you already know that there are numerous utilities that can recover all sorts of stored passwords and registration keys.
For example: the passwords stored in your browser(s), the WIFI passwords stored in your machine, passwords hidden behind asterisks inside various programs, Windows and Office registration keys recovery, and Windows credentials recovery (i.e. passwords that Windows uses to access some services such as your home network, etc.)
If you every need such a password retrieval utility you could do a few minutes of Googling and find several options.
Alternately, you could head over the SterJo freeware page, where one developer has made all the password retrieval tools anybody can think of and put them all in one place. All of the tools are available on the website in both installer and portable form, they do not feature any bundled crapware (at least at the time of this writing), and best of all but one of the tools we tested (SterJo Password Unmask) worked beautifully in our tests.
To give a quick overview, I will categorize the tools as follows:
Password retrieval from all major browsers: SterJo Chrome Passwords, SterJo Firefox Passwords, SterJo Opera Passwords, and SterJo Internet Explorer Passwords.
These tools scan your selected browser and produce a list of any passwords stored in your browser. They work in an instant, and are a good reminder as to why you should never let your browser store any passwords.
WIFI password retrieval: SterJo Wireless Passwords
Retrieves stored WIFI passwords at the blink of an eye. Possibly a must-have tool and my favorite of all the password retrieval apps listed here.
Windows, Office, and other MS registration key retrieval: SterJo Key Finder.
You know you need this if you ever do a clean install of Windows. Again, works beautifully.
Retrieve Windows Credentials, Windows Vault passwords: SterJo Windows Credentials, Sterjo Windows Vault Passwords
The first of these tools (Strejo Windows Credentials) produces a list of credentials stored by the “Windows Credential Manager”, which is to say the log in credentials that Windows uses access other computers on the network and/or shared folders, connected servers, virtual machines, and apparently cloud services such as Onedrive (which appeared in my test, while Dropbox did not).
The second tool retrieves passwords from the “Windows Vault”. I’m not actually sure what this is, or how it is different from Windows credentials. It didn’t help that the tool did not produce anything when I ran it on my Windows 10 system (perhaps it is a discontinued feature in Win 10?). If you can shed light on this, please let us know in the comments.
Retrieve FTP credentials stored in FileZilla: SterJo FileZilla Decryptor
If I had a nickel for every time I had to change forgotten FTP passwords I’d have a nice little mountain of money. If you use FileZilla, this will be so extremely useful, for obvious reasons. My only complaint is that I use WinSCP as my desktop FTP client and wish the developer would add support for that.
Retrieve passwords for specific social media and webmail services across all your browsers: SterJo Facebook Password Finder, StreJo Twitter Password Finder, SterJo Instagram Password Finder, and SterJo Mail Passwords.
Almost the same as #1 (password retrieval from browsers), except that instead of listing every single brower-stored password, it hones in on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and web mails services (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, GMX, Zoho, and ‘others’) and looks for their passwords across all of your installed browsers.
These are not password hacking tools, though: in order to find passwords you need to have saved them beforehand in one or more of the browsers on your machine.
Unmask passwords hidden behind asterisks in any program: Sterjo Password Unmask.
This one is *supposed* to reveal passwords behind asterisks within any program. All you have to do is launch the program such that the asterisks are visible on your screen, then click “unmask” in the program. I tested it with both FileZilla and WinSCP on Windows 10 and it didn’t work for both, sadly.
The verdict: a very nice set of tools, as you can see, almost all of which worked really well. Head on over to the SterJo Freeware Product Page to download, and check out the slew of other interesting freeware on offer.Advertisement
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