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password cracker/finder

Does anyone know of a good password finder/cracker.

I need one due to a disgruntled former employee!
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
The discussion of password disclosure tools on EE is against the rules.
I've used this a bunch. It's free and it works:
If you had the employee and his computer on a windows domain, this would not have happened. This is assuming he was not a admin.
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Jared LukerCommented:
What are you trying to get to?  Just a Windows account?  Excel File?  Pdf?
craigaddisonAuthor Commented:
As Neilsr already stated, any suggestions that actually reveal a pre-existing password are not authorized within the Experts Exchange community.  Unfortunately, the "Accepted Solution" includes those type of tools.

On the other hand, a utility that will reset a password is still allowed.  The previous suggestion at http:#a38351883 is just that type of tool.  After you have burned that ISO to disc, boot up into the Linux environment and reset your password.  I have been using this utility to help people with their forgotten Windows passwords for over ten years, and unless the hard drive has actually been encrypted it has worked every time! Here is a comprehensive tutorial on how to utilize it:


There are two important steps within that tutorial that warrant extra attention:

- When you reach the User Edit Menu stage of the process it's best to select "1" to Clear (blank) user password.  You can always change the password to something more secure after you successfully log into Windows with the blank password.

- When you reach Step FOUR: Writing back changes, you will be queried with About to write file(s) back! Do it? [n].  If you inadvertently pressed Enter on this screen the changes won’t go into effect.  You need to specifically type "y" first for the updates to be written to the operating system.
Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
As the author didnt actually state WHAT he wanted a password cracking for is this really a solution?  It may well be that he did want a windows local user account password but that is only an assumption.....

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