Windows software of the day [April 16th, 2012]

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Software for April 16th, 2012

WirelessKeyView

This classic NirSoft title lets you do one thing and lets you do it well: find the password of every wireless network you’ve ever connected your computer to. Once you start it up, it’ll show information about the network: name, password, adapter that connected to it, etc.

WirelessKeyView is an awesomely useful program that lets you easily get access to your lost or forgotten wifi keys. It’s free, and like all NirSoft utilities, tiny and quick.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.36

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 32-bit: 53KB | 64-bit: 69KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 19/42 | 64-bit: 1/43 - see note

WirelessKeyView homepage

BulletsPassView

Need to see what password someone has entered in some program? Once again Nir Sofer to the rescue with BulletsPassView. Simply open it and it’ll tell you what the currently entered passwords are.

Unfortunately, BulletsPassView does not work with all programs, as some correctly store their passwords in a way that BulletsPassView does not get access to them. Programs like this include Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. Other than this, it’s a very useful program and can come in handy quite a bit.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.25

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

Download size: 32-bit: 54KB | 64-bit: 64KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 10/42 | 64-bit: 1/43 - see note

BulletsPassView homepage

HiFiTo

If you deal with hidden files a lot, then you probably know the pain of locating the Tools menu (or Organize, or whatever Microsoft named it this time), going to Folder Options, going to the second tab, and unchecking what you need unchecked. Then redoing it because you have to reset it.

HiFiTo is a tiny, 100% portable program that automates this for you. Simply press a keyboard shortcut (or use its system tray icon) and you can show hidden files or show file extensions. It’s great to keep on your thumb drive, especially if you work on a lot of computers.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.4

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 38KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 5/41

HiFiTo homepage

Important note: WirelessKeyView and BulletsPassView gets a very high VirusTotal score. This is not because they are a virus; rather, they are utilities that could be potentially used to compromise security. In unrelated news I find it funny that a lot of antivirus vendors have NirSoft as its own category of badware.

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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12 comments

  1. Ranjan

    What’s this? I came here after more than a weak and what do I find? – Only applications and software of the day! Is this the content you are content with Ashraf? I think it lessens the quality of your site. I bookmarked this site because I wanted to read reviews of the software, tips and suggestions and, of course, the free software. It is great to know about the software that Windows offers to us for free, but it seems that you have devoted your site for these Windows software and Android & iOS applications. I loved the way the site was a month ago.

    I have a suggestion for you, Ashraf and team. Why don’t you put these software in a separate sections in a box like the box where you have put anti-virus comparison article? I think it will clean up all the clutter that these Windows software and Android applications articles are creating. All I see on the front page is just these articles. I am fine and I am sure that other too will be fine if you don’t offer us a free software everyday. But you should shift your focus back to other than free Windows and Android software. They were just lovely and very useful.

    Thanks a lot! :)

  2. lol768

    Seems somewhat worrying that these web browsers don’t bother to encrypt passwords. I’m sure Firefox has the ability to set a master password though (does this encrypt the stored passwords?).

  3. Mary

    I am not tech savvy, so I have a Question about WirelessKeyView! Ignorance is not always bliss! lol
    I’ll explain a little bit first:

    I have a router set up on my XP. I set this up so I could use my netbook, online, in my home. Since then, my daughter, who lives next door to me, also uses my network. However, I had a problem with my XP, so I bought a new PC. W7/64. My router is still hooked up through my XP, though I rarely use that PC anymore. My W7 is plugged right into the router (via the phone type cable thing) XP is also plugged into router. (Does this make sense to you all?)

    I’ve been wanting a program to use on my W7 to watch my network, and get the info from it (so I don’t have to boot up my XP) so I downloaded this WirelessKeyView in order to see if I could get the info from my XP, but nothing showed up when I opened the program. I noticed on the site something about W7 and what to do if this happened, (I think) but it’s all Greek to me. Also, when I look in ‘Network’ on my W7, it shows very little info. Just a basic map.

    So, questions: Why doesn’t WirelessKeyView show anything on my W7 ?
    And, if I really want to watch my network, should I just start over and connect the router to the W7, instead of the XP?

    Hopefully I haven’t confused anyone! lol I think I’m confused enough for all of us!
    Thanks for the help! :) And thanks for the awesome posts!
    Mary

  4. slojon

    Hello, all.
    You wrote:
    “I find it funny that a lot of antivirus vendors have NirSoft as its own category of badware”.

    Yes, its ‘funny’, but its also *very* sad, too.
    Nir Sofer must be a great person, because he writes great programs,
    AND he gives them to us, FREE!!
    Yes, some of his programs *could* be used for ‘evil’, because they are *VERY* useful softtools.
    But that does NOT mean that they are “malware”.
    It also means that the “antivirus vendors” have NOT done their ‘due diligence’, to prevent harming others.
    [Due diligence =legal-"reasonable care taken by a person to avoid harm to other people and their property.]
    They may even be liable for slander, in some jurisdictions.
    Nonetheless, many thanks for letting us know about these 2 NirSoft ‘jewels’.
    j
    PS
    Mr. Sofer even took the time to email me, regarding a comment I sent.
    Not everyone would do that, would they?
    I think you he’s ‘cool’.

  5. ruudster101

    Hi

    @ Locutus & Ashraf etc…Nice stuff always here.

    About HiFiTo …no doubt its a tiny great way to see quickly and toggle the explorer toolbar…
    I always use in that case a shortcut who’s build-in to windows.
    Just press in explorer “alt” and it pops up.

    Keep on doing the things you do.
    Love this site.

  6. Rick C.

    @Ashraf or Locutus, I also noticed if i re-load the page it goes back to the normal layout… as i went back to your e-mail on the post and entered the post again, and lo and behold the page is normal. So as of now i have both tabs open.
    One tab has the bad script and the other is normal. I await your response before i close either tab.
    Thanks, Rick C.

  7. Rick C.

    @ Ashraf & Locutus, Ashraf you wanted to know if the layout ever changed, and if so take a screen shot to show you…
    Well it did happen and i have screen shots… How would you like me to do it… send me an e-mail.

  8. Peter

    It’s fun to see how NirSoft’s utilities again disqualify some of the antivirus scanners (“Hacktool”, even “Riskware” seems ok to me. But “Trojan” and other lies…). Scaremongering vanishes for 64-bit-versions – but why?

    tsk-tsk