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Getting Behind the Asterisks, with AsterWin

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By Keith Runge

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Posted: 3 Aug 2005


Sometimes when scripting a password change for a web site, I couldn't tell what value was being entered into the password fields. I needed a tool to display the text behind the asterisk fields similiar to ShoWin or Windows Finder but for web pages.


After searching the net, I found AsterWin IE at

Here's a brief description of the tool and its requirements:

  • Purpose - reveals the passwords stored behind the asterisks in the web pages of Internet Explorer 5.0 and above. You can use it for recovering a lost web site password, if it's stored on your computer.
  • License - freeware for personal and non-commercial use only.
  • Disclaimer - software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied.
  • System Requirements - Windows 95/98/ME or Windows NT/2000/XP with Internet Explorer 5.0 or above; VB6 Runtime files.

The web site also contains tips for installing and using the tool.

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