Asterisks Password Viewer
Asterisks Password Viewer is a handy and reliable application that aims to reveal passwords hidden behind a row of asterisks. It does not involve long decryption sessions, which makes it a rather non-intrusive way to recover passwords.
The majority of password recovery utilities manage to accomplish the task by performing a tedious and sometimes unsuccessful decryption. Besides being time and resource consuming, there is no guarantee that the passwords will be completely revealed.
A simpler alternative is to try out an application such as Asterisks Password Viewer, a faster and more promising solution. The principle it was built upon allows it to quickly unveil strings of characters hidden behind a row of asterisks or bullets, specific to password fields.
Support for a wide range of programs
The program targets email and FTP clients, as well as hidden passwords on web pages from Internet Explorer. A few examples of programs that you can recover credentials for are Outlook, The Bat!, Windows Mail, FileZilla, CuteFTP and FlashFXP, as stated by the developer.
Recover passwords using simple tasks
The principle it works upon is simple and very accessible to users, no matter the level of computer knowledge. Simply open the program that contains the password you wish to recover and drag the magnifying glass located inside the main window of Asterisks Password Viewer to the password field.
Once the field has been detected and processed, the password will become available in a dedicated field inside the program’s GUI immediately.
Testing its performance
Our tests revealed that the success rate of the program is quite high. We tried it with FileZilla, FlashFXP, CuteFTP and Internet Explorer, with great results for the first three; we did encounter some problems on Windows 8, when trying to recover passwords from IE 10, which caused the browser to crash. However, it seemed to work on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8.
An efficient and reliable password recovery utility
Taking into consideration all of the above, we can safely state that Asterisks Password Viewer accomplishes its job decently. Despite the compatibility issues with IE and Windows 8, the program makes a reliable solution for recovering passwords hidden under asterisks.