Best intentions not withstanding, there are times when we do forget our passwords. It is at such times that tools & utilities like these help us recover our lost or forgotten passwords. Here is a list of some free Password Recovery tools that will help you retrieve passwords of Windows login, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, other browsers, Mail, Web, Wi-Fi, etc.
Free Password Recovery Tools
Windows Password Recovery
Try some freeware Password Recovery tool like Ophcrack. You don’t need to access to Windows to be able to recover your lost passwords. Download the free ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot to the CD. It then locates the Windows user accounts. There are some like Cain & Abel, John The Ripper or PC Login Now too. Recover my Password Home Free lets you reset Windows Password easily. Offline NT Password & Registry Editor will let you recover Windows Administrator Password with Password & Registry Editor.
Forgot browser passwords
IE Password Viewer is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored by Internet Explorer browser. It supports all versions of Internet Explorer.
PasswordFox will Reveal the usernames & passwords stored in Firefox.
ChromePass helps to Recover Forgotten Passwords from Chrome Browser.
OperaPassView is a small password recovery tool that has the capability to decrypt the contents of the Opera Web browser password file and display the list of all Web site passwords stored in a particular or specified file.
WebBrowserPassView will let you recover forgotten passwords from all Web Browsers.
Phrozen Password Revealer & Recovery Tool lets you recover forgotten or lost passwords including Windows RAS passwords, browser & web passwords.
Retrieve Mail & Chat Client passwords
Messenger Password Retriever is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords of the following instant messenger applications. Recover lost or forgotten Yahoo, GTalk, Messenger password.
Mail PassView will help you Recover POP3/IMAP/SMTP email passwords.
Recover forgotten passwords from Mail Clients with Mail Password Decryptor. This is a tool that helps you recover email password for different email accounts from applications like Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook and so on.
Recover Network passwords
Dial Up Password will Recover VPN/RAS/Dialup passwords
Recover WiFi Password in Windows with WiFi Password Dump & WiFi Password Decryptor.
Recover lost Wireless Password in Windows 8 natively as well as using WirelessKeyView.
Network Password Recovery Tool recovers all forgotten or lost network passwords stored on your system for the current logged-on user.
Recover Social Passwords
Social Password Decryptor lets you recover Social Media Passwords.
What’s behind the asterisks
Do let me know if I have missed out any free tools that helps recover forgotten passwords.