How do I save passwords when doing a clean up.

  Miros 12:06 25 Feb 07
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I intend to help a friend who has just moved into a retirement home to clean up a PC which is available for general use. No one else seems to use at the moment, it is very sluggish and continually looses connection's I suspect there has been no maintenance done on it for a while.

I have downloaded all the usual tweaks and reg cleaners etc to a USB pen memory stick so that I can install and use them. The problem I foresee is that from experience I know doing a cleanup I may also loose any ISP passwords etc, at the moment these have been saved on the PC in question, but since I don't know what these are how can I ensure that they are not lost in the clean up.

When I loose my own passwords obviously it's not a problem, I just insert them again.

Any help would be gratefully received.

  BurrWalnut 13:14 25 Feb 07

Get SIW click here select the English version. Run it and click 'Secrets' in the left pane and print it out.

  Miros 14:13 25 Feb 07

Have tried on my PC can't get any passwords out of it after playing around with it for a while, maybe it's too secure!! Matter of fact couldn't see secrets in left pane.

  BurrWalnut 14:17 25 Feb 07

Secrets is the last entry in the Software section.

  Miros 14:20 25 Feb 07

Thanks, got to go out right now will be back shortly and have another look.

  Miros 15:10 25 Feb 07

I found it this time.

It found some but not all passwords,hopefully it will find the ones I need when I try the PC cleanup.

  BurrWalnut 15:31 25 Feb 07

SIW also has a 'Eureka' icon on it's tool bar, whereby you can run the mouse pointer over 'hidden' passwords in a sign-in box.

  BurrWalnut 15:36 25 Feb 07

Whoops, I got the punctuation wrong. I should have said 'its tool bar' not 'it's tool bar'.

  Miros 15:40 25 Feb 07

That's the first thing I tried, must have done something wrong though as it printed out my e-mail page that came up.

It's an interested program and I'm sure I'll make greater use of it when I'm more familiar with it.

Thanks again.

  Miros 16:23 25 Feb 07

Tried Eureka on an extra unused and unimportant mail address with long forgotten password, it showed it as xxxxxxx I copied and pasted but it wouldn't accept on this occasion.

  smokingbeagle 18:19 25 Feb 07

click here
Make a note of the password and then delete the program from the computer as it flags up, sometimes, as spyware due to the way it works.

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