Archive for June, 2010

The new version of RouterPassView utility provide a new feature that allows to grab L2TP/PPTP/PPPOE/DDNS passwords from the Web interface of your router. This feature only works with Internet Explorer, as well as it only works for routers that stores the real password inside the password field.

In order to use this feature, follow the instructions below:

  1. Login into your router Web interface with Internet Explorer, and go to the password page that you wish to recover. This password page may look like this one:
    Router Password Page

    Router Password Page

    As you can see in the above screenshot, the password field is filled with bullets, but if this password field really contains the password, RouterPassView will be able to extract it and display it on the main window.

  2. Go to the File menu, and choose ‘Grab Password From IE Window’ or simply press Ctrl+G
  3. If the router Web page store the password in the password field, RouterPassView will display the hidden password:
    Router Password

    Router Password

    Be aware that some routers deliberately store wrong password in this field, and in for these routers, RouterPassView won’t be able to recover your real password.

Starting from the new version of Firefox (3.6.4), all  flash objects displayed on a Web site are now loaded inside a separated process (plugin-container.exe), instead of the Firefox process itself. This change is welcomed, because when there is a crash inside a flash object (video, game, advertising, or anything else), it won’t take down Firefox.

This change also caused VideoCacheView to stop working with the temporary flash video files created by Firefox, because VideoCacheView failed to detect the new process. But… This problem is already fixed on version 1.71 of VideoCacheView. So if you got the new version of Firefox (3.6.4), you should also get the latest version of VideoCacheView.

Firefox plugin-container.exe in Process Explorer

Firefox plugin-container.exe in Process Explorer

The latest release of MetarWeather utility allows you to watch the current  temperature around the world on the maps of Google Earth.

In order to use this feature:

  1. Download the latest METAR reports data file from  METAR Data Access Web site.
  2. Open the downloaded METAR file with MetarWeather (Ctrl+F) and wait until the METAR reports are loaded and displayed in the main window.
  3. Select all (Ctrl+A) the lines and choose the ‘Save As’ option (Ctrl+S)
  4. In the save dialog-box, choose ‘KML File – Temperature for Google Earth’ as a file type and save the .kml filename
  5. Finally, from Google Earth, open the created .KML file.

The result should look like the following map:

Google Earth Temperature Map

Google Earth Temperature Map

If you forgot or lost the password that you use to connect the Internet (With ADSL, cables, or other ISP account), you still have a chance to recover it, if this password is stored in your Windows operating system or in your router.

Here’s a list of 4 methods to recover your ADSL/ISP password:

  1. If you use Windows operating system to connect the Internet (with PPTP, LT2P, or PPPoE), you can use the Dialupass utility to recover your ISP password. When you run this utility, it can instantly recover your password, as long as the password is stored by Windows.
  2. If you got an email account from your Internet service provider, and the same password is used for both email account and the Internet connection, you can try to use the Mail PassView utility to recover your ISP password. If this password is stored by popular email software, like Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Live Mail, Mail PassView will be able to recover it.
  3. If you use a router to connect the Internet, you can try to use RouterPassView utility to recover the password from the configuration file of your router.
    In order to use this utility, you have to logon into your router, go to the backup/restore section, and choose to backup the router configuration into a file. After that, open the created configuration file with RouterPassView utility. If the config file of your router is supported, your password will be recovered instantly.
  4. If you use a router to connect the Internet, you can also try to use the AsterWin IE utility. This utility is quite old and was written many years ago in Visual Basic 6, but it still works with the latest version of Internet Explorer.In order to use this tool to recover the ISP password from your router, you should logon into your router, and then go to the router page that contains the ISP or ADSL logon details. after that, run AsterWin IE utility and click the ‘Show Internet Explorer Passwords’ window. This trick will not work for all routers, because some routers deliberately blocked this recovery option, from security reasons.