Programs like Microsoft Outlook, VNC and Cute FTP show the passwords you type in the password box as asterix. The passwords are stored behind the asterix. Asterix logger is a software program that is designed to reveal passwords hidden behind the asterix.
Password revelation, information about the revealed password like revealed time, application for which asterix password was exposed and the application’s executable file are displayed automatically without clicking buttons. This software is compatible with Windows 9x, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Windows XP.
Normally you have to just copy the executable to a desired folder and run it for using Asterix logger. Windows NT requires an installation procedure. In Windows NT to make the asterix logger display revealed password details besides uncovering the password you should download the ‘psapi.dll’ and place it in your system32 directory.
Besides revealing the password behind the asterix and exposed password detail this software also allows you to save the passwords to HTML file and 4 types of text files. It also traces changes in the password and updates its password list with a new record containing the modified password. This feature can be accessed through the Log changes in password option of the software. It proves useful in CuteFTP program wherein it can be used to find and store passwords of all FTP items.
Asterix logger also allows adding of modified passwords to its password list even if it is identical to prior passwords of the same password box. This attribute can be activated by checking the log duplicate password option as well as Log changes in password option of Asterix Logger.
A minor known inadequacy of Asterix Logger is that it will not work in programs like Netscape 6.x, Dialup and network passwords in Windows 2000 and Windows NT/2000/XP user management tools where passwords are not stored behind the asterix for security reasons.