Why opt for portable utilities
Since this is a portable program, it is important to mention that it doesn’t leave any traces in the Windows Registry. You can copy it on any USB flash drive or other devices, and take it with you whenever you want to decrypt passwords on the fly.
Use a preset hotkey for retrieving lost passwords
Basically, it’s very easy to work with this tool, as there aren’t any configuration settings available. You are only required to open the program that stores the hidden passwords, and with just one hotkey you can make the application display the password.
Assign a new hotkey
In order to make the tool display the last password you need to click on the dialog which contains the hidden password and press the hotkey. Additionally, you are offered the possibility to assign a new hotkey.
Testing its performance
During our testing we have noticed that the tool carries out a task quickly and without errors throughout the entire process. As it would be expected from such a small utility, it remains light on the computer resources, so it doesn’t hamper system performance, nor interfere with other programs’ functionality.
To sum things up, PWShow offers a simple software solution when it comes to recovering lost passwords. Although it cannot be described as the most powerful tool on the market, it does what it says and is suitable especially for rookies, who can master the recovery process with minimum effort.
Reviewed by Ana Marculescu, last updated on August 13th, 2014
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Application descriptionPWShow (PasswordShow) displays the characters behind asterisks in password fields of many applications.