- WirelessKeyView: find Windows’ stored wifi key.
- BulletsPassView: show passwords… as they’re typed.
- HiFiTo: quickly toggle Show Hidden Files.
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Software for April 16th, 2012
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.
Version discovered: v1.36
Supported OS: Windows unknown
Download size: 32-bit: 53KB | 64-bit: 69KB
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.
Version discovered: v1.25
Supported OS: Windows 2000+
Download size: 32-bit: 54KB | 64-bit: 64KB
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.
Version discovered: v1.0.4
Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Download size: 38KB
VirusTotal malware scan results: 5/41
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.
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