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#1 mangosteen

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 09:41 AM

Hello,
I have some pwl files that store forgotten passwords.
Is there any programs that can open these files ?

Thank you.
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#2 jgweed

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 11:57 PM

I checked the file extension, and the most likely thing to open it with is notepad, though I don't know if it will give you the information you are seeking.
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Posted 17 November 2004 - 12:13 AM

.pwl files don't exist on a 2000 or XP system. These files were part of the family of Windows 9x. Maybe you should ask this question on the Windows 95/98*Grinler Board HTH
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Posted 17 November 2004 - 04:56 AM

Bear is right......but if you want to find all pwl files , and you are running Win9x, just do a search in files & folders from the start menu and type in *.pwl
This will find all the .pwl files, then you can do what you wish with them.
If you delete them, windows will treat it as a new setup when you re-boot, and ask you to type a new password.....if you just click on "OK" then you won't be challenged for a password the next time you log on.

Notepad won't tell you what the password is as all passwords are encrypted.
I'm sure there are proggies that will decipher them but I'm only new here and don't want to blow smoke up your ass when others know lots more about this than I do....lots more !

Hope this is what you were looking for.

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#5 mangosteen

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:14 AM

Thanks for all the replies.

Yes, passwords *.pwl files are not to be found in Windows XP. And notepad definitely can't open them properly.

I know some programs can see the asterisks ****** and show you whatever passwords stored in a pwl file provided you are using that particular computer with that particular file.

And I also know a program that can show you all the stored password in a pwl file even though you are not using that particular computer and the pwl file is not yours, with one condition, you know the username.

But what I don't know is a program that can crack the username for any pwl file.
I have a friend with such a pwl file. He forgot his many-internet-related-passwords saved in his pwl file and he also forgot his computer username. He has multiple.


Thank you very much.
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Posted 08 December 2004 - 04:53 PM

Well i can't tell you how to do it or specific tools but i will tell you this much.
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The name of the pwl is the username.

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 01:12 PM

Edited by grinler. Hacking advice is not to be given here

Edited by Grinler, 17 December 2004 - 01:47 PM.

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