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    Autocomplete/passwords (IE 5/6 Windows 98)

    I am having a devil of a time logging into a web site of a prominent tech company - password invalid and all that, and having trouble getting them to send me a new password.

    At work, my version of IE 5/6 (I upgraded at some point) on Windows 98 allows me to log on fine using Autocomplete/password saving in IE. So, somewhere, there should a list of those entries right?

    I searched for and found a number of *.pwl files in my C: Windows directory, but, garbage characters, so encrypted, right? How do I crack the code?

    Or is the password hidden in a registry setting somewhere?

    TIA

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    Re: Autocomplete/passwords (IE 5/6 Windows 98)

    Yes and no -- it depends. There are multiple methods of storing passwords -- some are simply stored in cookies and others are in various other places. One of the places is in the Protected Storage System Provider section of the registry here:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftProtected Storage System Provider

    .. there are others. I have t run, but I can give you more info later...

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    Re: Autocomplete/passwords (IE 5/6 Windows 98)

    Check your User Authentication settings under Security. I have an idea that (e.g.) an anonymous logon setting will over-ride any manual log-on attempt.
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    Re: Autocomplete/passwords (IE 5/6 Windows 98)

    You might try using this "Password Dump" program to verify that you are using the correct password. This works for most -- not all -- web-based passwords. A word of advice: using this for purposes other than it was intended is not recommended -- especially in a work environment.
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