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How do I remove a single password stored in IE 7?

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I have two passwords stored for the same user name for a Web site in IE 7.  I don't know how it happened, but it is REALLY like that.  I'd type in my username (actually IE auto-completes it), and password is filled in for me.  I know it's wrong because the length is wrong.  Of course I got a failed login when I click OK.  Then I'd type in the same user name one more time, and this time the password would fill in correctly!  Very weird.  My question is, how do I get rid of the wrong one?

BTW, the website is www.timeslipsecenter.com.  Not sure if it's website related, but probably shouldn't, right?  Password storing is purely local.
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by:tplaya07
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Open IE, click Tools-->Internet Options-->Content Tab-->AutoComplete Settings--> Uncheck box(es) relating to passwords
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techhealth--Passwords for websites are usually contained in Cookies.  Open Temporary Internet Files folder ( probably in C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ ) scroll to  the cookies  and find the cookies from that site ( Cookie:techhealth@timeslipsecenter.com/ ).  You can try reading them (they are text files), but you probably will not be able to read the code and determine which cookie has which password.  Therefore delete all cookies from that site.  You, of course, will have to login again the next time you visit that site.
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by:techhealth
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I just want to remove this single entry so any change to general settings is undesirable (may affect other stored information)...

jcimarron, I checked the temp directory any couldn't find any cookie related to the site.  By the way, under Vista (mine is Vista x64), the path to the temp directory is c:\users\username\appdata\local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files.  Besides, I think only session status/information is stored in cookies?  Very rarely they put password in cookies, even encrypted ones.  When I go to the site, it doesn't allow me in (would do that if the cookie has "authenticated" status); it's IE 7 that fills in the credentials, then I click OK to get in.
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by:jcimarron
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techhealth--I was simplifying things a bit.  The actual password may not be stored in the cookie, but info to allow the website to allow you access without having to login again is.  http://www.askageek.com/2007/10/01/password-stored-in-a-cookie/
What look like cookies in TIF are only mirror images of the real cookies, which in WinXP are in Documents and Settings\UserName\Cookies.  However when you want to delete a cookie you should do so from TIF, not the Cookies folder.
If you are now able to enter the timeslipsecenter.com site without logging in, I do not know why you have no cookie from that site.  Perhaps they use another name.  Using IE7 you can see what cookies in what domain name you are getting when you visit a site.  IE View|WebPage Privacy Policy.
AutoComplete only offers suggestions for passwords in a dropdown list, but does not enter them automatically.  However, you can try the suggestion made in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/217148 under the heading Adjusting AutoComplete Settings and in the paragraph starting "To clear individual items from the list of form or password suggestions"
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Thanks jcimarron.  I was not able to enter without password - I need to log on every time.  So there's probably no authenticatin cookie stored anywhere.

I ended up doing this: delete the stored username/password by pressing Del when the auto-complete shows the entry in the dropdown (this technique is probably well-known).  That seemed to delete both passwords, right and wrong, since nothing then being shown when I typed the user name.  Then I typed in the right password and answer yes for remembering it.  Next time the right one was retrieved.   One extra step then I wanted to, but fairly simple to get to what I need.
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techhealth--Thanks for telling us what worked.
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