Best intentions notwithstanding, 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 from Windows login, Chrome, Firefox, other browsers, Mail, Web, Wi-Fi, etc.
Free Password Recovery Tools
Windows Password Recovery
These posts on Windows Password Recovery and how to recover from lost Windows passwords natively will help you recover lost, forgotten Windows passwords.
Try some freeware Password Recovery tools like Ophcrack. You don’t need to access Windows to be able to recover your lost passwords. Download the free ISO image, burn it to a CD, and boot it 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.
Recover passwords stored on external USB drives
ExtPassword from Nirsoft.net will let you recover passwords stored on external USB drives. It can decrypt & extract passwords of browsers, email software, VPN passwords, wireless network keys, Windows network credentials, Windows product key and Windows security questions. Useful if you have a disk with Windows operating system that cannot boot anymore, but most files on this hard drive are still accessible and you need to extract your passwords from it.
Forgot browser passwords
PasswordFox will Reveal the usernames & passwords stored in Firefox.
ChromePass helps to Recover Forgotten Passwords from the 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.
IE Password Viewer is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored by the Internet Explorer browser. It supports all versions of Internet Explorer.
Phrozen Password Revealer & Recovery Tool lets you recover forgotten or lost passwords, including Windows RAS passwords, browser & web passwords.
recALL will help you recover lost passwords as well as the product license keys.
PasswdFinder will find your lost passwords. Once installed, it will show you passwords saved by web browsers, email clients, instant messengers, FTP clients, and other programs.
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 passwords for different email accounts from applications like Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, and so on.
Recover Network passwords
DialUpPassword will Recover VPN/RAS/Dialup passwords
Recover WiFi Password in Windows with WiFi Password Dump & WiFi Password Decryptor.
Recover lost Wireless Password in Windows natively as well as using WirelessKeyView.
Network Password Recovery Tool recovers all forgotten or lost network passwords stored on your system for the currently logged-on user.
WiFi Password Revealer & Finder software will help you recover the saved WiFi password.
Recover Social Passwords
Social Password Decryptor lets you recover Social Media Passwords.
Free Outlook PST password recovery software
Take a look at these software to recover forgotten Outlook PST Password.
What’s behind the asterisks
AsteriskLogger will Recover passwords stored behind asterisk * characters. So will SandboyRevelation.
Do let me know if I have missed out on any free tools that help recover forgotten passwords.