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How to find lost passwords and more

IE PassView v1.31 is one of the freeware

IE PassView v1.31 is one of the freeware utilities from that helps recover passwords from any version of Internet Explorer. Credit: Handout

For owners of PCs running Windows, NirSoft ( has a large collection of useful freeware utilities. Programs are downloaded in ZIP files, so you must have a program to open them. Here are just three of the utilities we tried. All worked right from their folders and did not need installation.

1 IE PassView v1.31 recovers lost passwords from any version of Internet Explorer. It displays the Web address for the password, password type (AutoComplete, Password-Protected Web Site or FTP), user name and password. It also allows you to delete passwords you no longer use.

2 SearchMyFiles v2.40 is a welcome alternative to Windows "search for files and folders" utility. It can search for files by wild card, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content and by file size. After searching, you can save the list or copy it to the clipboard.

3 LastActivityView v1.03 collects information from the PC's system and displays a log of actions made by the user and events that occurred on the computer, including the running of .exe files, software installations, system shutdowns and starts, application or system crashes.

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