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Forgot Windows Administrator Password? Reset It Easily

June 27th, 2012 by Admin

This article will show you how to reset Windows administrator password (for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7) at times when you forgot it or when you want to gain access to a computer for which you do not know the password.

Most of us have experienced a situation where we need to gain access to a computer which is password protected or at times we may forget the administrator password without which it becomes impossible to login to the computer. So here is an excellent password recovery trick which you can use to reset the password or make the password empty (remove the password) so that you can gain administrator access to the computer. You can do this with a powerful Windows password recovery software – Reset Windows Password. This utility works offline, that means you need to shutdown your locked computer and boot off the computer using a CD or USB flash drive. The tool has the following features.

  • You do not need to know the old password to set a new one
  • It will detect and offer to unlock disabled or locked-out user accounts

How It Works?

Most Windows operating systems store the login passwords and encrypted passwords in a file called sam (Security Accounts Manager). This file can be usually found in the directory of \windows\system32\config. This file is a part of Windows registry and remains inaccessible as long as the OS is active. Hence it is necessary that you need to boot off your computer and access this sam file via boot. Reset Windows Password utility intelligently gains access to this file and will reset/remove the password associated with administrator or any other account.

Download the zip archive of Reset Windows Password

Once you download you’ll get a bootable image which you need to burn it onto your CD or USB flash drive. Now boot your locked computer from it and follow the screen instructions to reset the password.

Reset Windows Password can be used to reset lost local administrator/user passwords and change forgotten domain administrator/user passwords on all Windows systems.

Recover Twitter Password from All Browsers

June 27th, 2012 by Admin

Twitter becomes most popular choice to connect with peoples right after Facebook. It has grown up to very large community and most of us have been using it everyday. Today I’ll show you an easy way to recover Twitter account password saved inside not only Firefox but also from Google Chrome, Opera, Apple Safari and Internet Explorer.

Most of us will be using the  remember me option during logging in Twitter and other websites. This saves the username, password and required email address to login afterwards automatically filling those fields. While this features is useful, this could make havoc in some situations. Password saved inside browsers is open to all people accessing your computer. This means anyone can log in your account without your intervention.

Password Recovery Bundle is a complete all-in-one password recovery toolkit which can recover Twitter account password saved inside web browser. While it would be unethical to access and uncover other peoples password, and this application does this without any hassle, this password recovery software could to put to good job to test security. Yes, Password Recovery Bundle is a good application to check if your own twitter password is saved inside any browser. Even saved by mistake, it would make wired results if it falls in wrong hands. And this software will uncover password saved in any browser so you can easily clear its history to erase username and password.

How to Recover Twitter Password from All Browsers:

  1. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle.
  2. Run Password Recovery Bundle, then click the Start Recovery button. It will bring up a drop-down menu that shows all supported password types.
  3. Under the drop-down menu, you can find the password recovery options for IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari. For example, if you want to recover Twitter passwords saved in Firefox, you can select the Firefox Password option.
  4. Once you have chosen the recovery option, your Twitter username/email and password will be recovered immediately.

Apart form recovering Twitter password saved in all of those browsers, Password Recovery Bundle can also reset lost or forgotten Windows login password on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2008/2003/2000, even if you forgot Windows password and can’t log on to your computer.

Recover TrueCrypt Password With Header Backup

June 27th, 2012 by Admin

TrueCrypt is one of the best and Encryption utility used by thousands. It offers good level of security. It is almost impossible to Brute Force its password without killer processing power. The situation can’t be imagined where you locked most important documents and forgot the password. If you are not able to guess it no way it can be recovered back. You will need to say good bye to all data. Of course you need to use strong which is difficult to guess, which also makes it difficult to remember. The best way to be prepared for this type of situation is to make backup of TrueCrypt volume header, which can reset the password if you ever forgot.

TrueCrypt is the best utility to encrypt.But what if you can’t remember lot of passwords. Then just backup header of the volume, and your data is secured even from your own mind.

There is also a case like someone forgot main password and went to restore header, but also forgot its password. So first use easy to remember password and take header backup. Go to Tools and select Backup Volume Header. Save the backup into safe location. Avoid to store into same computer, try to store in any offsite location. Then change the password to a very difficult and powerful one.

Don’t be under impression that the data is 100% safe. If someone gets access to header file with its password, he can compromise it. Change the name of file in such a way that it’s impossible to identify it as header file.

How to Bypass Windows XP Password with Ease

June 26th, 2012 by Admin

I am running Windows XP Pro and I forgot the administrator password. Is there a program or something that can help me bypass Windows XP password? I have very important data in that computer.

Whether you’re a beginning computer user or someone with experience using Windows XP system, there is still a chance to forgot Windows XP password and end up having to reinstall the whole operating system. Actually, the most efficient way is to bypass Windows XP password. Here I’ll show you how to easily bypass Windows XP password with Password Recovery Bundle.

How to Bypass Windows XP Password:

  1. Before the work, prepare a blank CD/DVD. Then install and run Password Recovery Bundle on another accessible computer. Click Windows Password button to bring up the CD recording dialog, then burn the default ISO image onto your CD. The CD is the Windows password reset CD we’ll later use to bypass Windows password.
  2. Insert the Windows password reset CD into your locked computer. Set the computer to boot from the CD.
  3. Restart the computer, it will start to boot from the CD. After a while, your computer will launch the Reset Windows Password program. The software automatically detects your Windows XP SAM registry hive and show a list of user accounts existing in your Windows XP system.
  4. Choose the user account whose password you already forgot, then click Reset Password button to remove the password.
  5. Remove the CD and restart your computer.

Now you’ve bypassed Windows XP password and you’ll be able to log on your computer with a blank password. Apart from Windows XP, Password Recovery Bundle can also help you bypass Windows 8/7/Vista passwords with ease. No need to reinstall Windows if you forgot Windows password next time.

Password Protect Your USB Flash Drive with Bitlocker

June 26th, 2012 by Admin

Data security on USB flash drives is a growing concern. USB flash drives, with the size no more than a pack of chewing gums, is always prone to theft or loss. Hence the security of data through USB data encryption is highly important.

There are many USB data encryption tools available, some are free and some are paid. However, did you know that starting from Windows Vista, Microsoft has added a free data encryption tool within the operating system. It is known as Bitlocker. In Windows Vista, it was only available for Business and Ultimate editions.

Bitlocker in Windows Vista was able to encrypt only the hard disks. But in Windows 7, Microsoft has extended the data encryption facility to USB flash drives also and rightly so, the encryption utility has been renamed as BitLocker To Go.

To use Microsoft BitLock to password protect your USB flash drive, please follow the steps below:

1. Right click on your USB flash drive.

2. Click on Turn on BitLocker….

3. Now the BitLocker feature starts encrypt the USB flash drive and its content.

4. Now we will be prompted to set a password or smart card protection for our USB flash drive.

5. Here you need to enter your password which need to to unlock the USB flash drive to continue. After enabling BitLocker feature you need this password to access data stored in the flash drive.

How to Regain Access to Your Computer When Forgot Windows XP Password

June 25th, 2012 by Admin

If you forgot Windows XP password, how can you recover it or otherwise how to start the computer without losing valuable information that is already stored in the system?

All of us have a password to protect our own computer.  If you find yourself locked out of a Windows XP computer because you lost or forgot your password, here is a tutorial that will help you reset Windows XP password, so you can easily regain access to your computer when you forgot Windows XP password.

There are many password recovery tools which could be used to recover Windows password, but most of them require that you can still log on your computer and get into Windows to install them. So if you are locked out of your computer and can’t log in using any administrator account, those tools are useless to you. The most effective and guarantee way is to create a password reset disk on another accessible computer, then use it to boot your locked computer and perform password recovery.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows XP Password:

  1. Download the zip archive of Reset Windows Password utility. Unzip it and burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB stick.
  2. Insert the CD or USB stick into your locked computer and let your computer boot from it.
  3. After a while the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility, which shows all user accounts available for your Windows XP installation. By default the Reset Local Admin/User Password option will be selected, the program will display a list of Windows local user accounts. The Reset Active Directory Password option is intended for resetting domain administrator password on domain controller. So we choose the first option.
  4. Choose the user account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button to remove your forgotten Windows XP password.

The last step is to remove the CD or USB stick, then restart the computer and you’ll be able to log in without a password and regain access to your computer immediately. No need to struggle to recall your password when you forgot Windows XP password next time.

How to Change SQL Server Password

June 25th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot SQL Server password? A former employee forgot to leave you with the sa password for your SQL Server?  How to change the password or reset it? If you couldn’t fix this problem, you may have to reinstall SQL Server.  But if you have some very important data in the database, this may prevent you from reinstalling. Then, is there any effective way to recover or change SQL Server password?

This tutorial will explain how to change SQL Server password with SQL Server Password Changer, if you forgot sa password and can’t connect to your database using any user account. Once SQL Server is installed, a master.mdf file will be created and be used to stored the logins and passwords for all available SQL Server accounts. With SQL Server Password Changer you can easily change forgotten SQL Server passwords stored in the master.mdf database.

How to Change SQL Server Password:

  1. Download SQL Server Password Changer on your local PC, install and launch it.
  2. Click the Open File button. Select the SQL Server master database file (master.mdf). Typically it is located in the folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data.Select the SQL Server master database file
  3. The program will automatically decrypt the master database file and display all user accounts in your SQL Server. Select the SA account, click the Change Password button. Type a new password and click OK.SQL Server Password Recovery
  4. The old password will be replaced with your new password. Now you are able to log into the SA account using your new password.

Follow the steps above you can also change other user account passwords.  SQL Server Password Changer is a really useful utility and it can help you easily reset SQL Server passwords on SQL Server 2008/2005/2000.

Forgot Administrator Password on Windows 7?

June 24th, 2012 by Admin

Need a way around password on administrator account in windows 7 new machine and during setup password was
entered accidentally and don’t know it. Data from old machine is transfered so I do not want to do a complete reinstall of operating system or i will loose data HELP!!!!!!!!!!

There are times we forgot the administrator password on Windows 7.  If the administrator account is the only user with administrative privileges on your computer,  you then can’t install any new software or even can’t log on your computer anymore.  So it’s important to find out a password recovery tool to recover or reset the password in order to regain access to the locked computer.

In this article we’ll explain a simple way to help you reset forgotten administrator password on Windows 7, no matter what reason you forgot the password. Reset Windows Password is the software we need to use to unlock Windows 7 password.  Let’s see the detailed steps:

How to Reset Forgotten Administrator Password on Windows 7:

  1. Download the zip archive of Reset Windows Password utility. Unzip it and burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB stick.
  2. Insert the CD or USB stick into your locked computer and let your computer boot from it.
  3. After a while the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility, which shows all Windows user accounts available for your Windows installation. By default the Reset Local Admin/User Password option will be selected, the program will display a list of Windows local user accounts. If you want to reset domain administrator password, please choose the Reset Active Directory Password option.Here we’re going to reset forgotten Windows 7 password, so we choose the first option.
  4. Choose the administrator account, then click Reset Password button. The program will quickly reset your forgotten administrator password as well as unlock the user account if it is disabled or locked out.

Now remove the CD or USB stick and restart Windows 7 system. You can then immediately log in to the administrator account without being asked for a password.  No need to worry about data loss if you forgot Windows 7 password next time.

How to Reset Windows Server 2003 Password on Local and Domain Account

June 24th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot the administrator password on Windows Server 2003 and none of the users have administrative rights? How do you go about resetting the administrator login on Windows Server 2003 while you keep getting the password is incorrect? It is either that the password you have entered is incorrect or the administrator account is locked out or disabled.

With Password Recovery Bundle you can solve all of these problems above.  The software can help you reset lost or forgotten passwords to any local admin and domain admin account on Windows Server 2003, unlock any Windows account which is locked out, disabled or expired. This article mainly explains how to create a password reset disk (CD, DVD or USB stick) with Password Recovery Bundle, then use it to reset Windows Server 2003 password on local and domain account. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Create a Password Reset Disk

Download Password Recovery Bundle and save it on another computer you have admin access to. Install and launch Password Recovery Bundle, then click Windows Password button,  the pop-up dialog enables you to create a password reset disk  (CD, DVD or USB stick) .

Step 2: Set Your PC to Boot from Password Reset Disk

To make your locked computer boot off the password reset disk,  head over to the computer’s BIOS and make some changes: Set CD-ROM as the 1st boot device if you need to boot the computer from CD/DVD; or set Removable Device as the 1st boot device if you want to boot from USB stick.

Step 3: Reset Windows Server 2003 Password

  1. Insert the password reset disk you’ve created into your locked computer. Restart the computer. You’ll notice the boot screen is not the same as usual because it is loading from the password reset disk now.
  2. It takes a while to load some necessary files and launch the Reset Windows Password utility. On the main screen of Reset Windows Password utility, you can see the Windows SAM database file and a list of Windows local accounts on Windows Server 2003.

    There are two recovery options: Reset Local Admin/User Password and Reset Active Directory Password. If you forgot local user account passwords or Directory Services Restore Mode password, please choose the Reset Local Admin/User Password option; Or choose the Reset Active Directory Password option if you want to reset domain administrator password on Windows 2003 domain controller.

    Here we’re going to reset Windows local administrator password, so we choose the first option.

  3. Choose a user account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button. The program will reset your forgotten password and unlock the user account if necessary.
  4. Remove the password reset disk and restart the computer.

Now you’ve reset the forgotten Windows Server 2003 password. You can then successfully log on and regain full control over your computer.  With this password reset CD, you’ll never be bothered by a forgotten Windows Server 2003 password!

How to Block a Website without Using Any Software

June 23rd, 2012 by Admin

Internet is so vast that any information you need is just a mouse click away. Yet the technology that helps us explore and use the web also makes it easy to expose our personal information to others. Hackers and spammers often use this phenomenon to their advantage, creating malicious websites, that when visited, can track your browsing habits, steal your passwords and credit card information, or can infect your computer with malicious softwares such as Viruses, Worms and Trojans.

The easiest way to protect ourselves or our family members from accessing such dangerous websites is to block them altogether. There are actually many softwares available on the internet which are pretty good in blocking websites on your computer, but they cost money and are sometimes difficult to operate.

In this article I will show you how to block unsafe websites on your Windows PC without investing in any additional software.

Note : Blocking harmful websites is not a complete security solution. It is still recommended that you run anti-virus software on your computer and be careful of the websites you visit.

How to Block A Website without Using Any Software:

1. Run Notepad as Administrator : For this go to Start  > All Programs > Accessories, right-click Notepad and select Run as administrator.

Note : If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow or Yes.

2. Within Notepad go to File > Open and select  All Files from the drop-down menu present near the bottom right corner of the window (check the screenshot).

3. Now type the following text in the File name field and click Open:

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

5.  The hosts file will open up. Go to the last line of the file and press the Enter key. Type 127.0.0.1 followed by the address of the website that you wish to block. For example, to block facebook.com, type :

Never add http:// at the start of the URL. Doing so will make the entry invalid. Also note that writing www is optional.

6. To block more websites, type 127.0.0.1 followed by the website address in every new line. You can block as many websites as you like.

7. Save and close the file.

Thats it! Now try to access the offending site(s) from your Web Browser. You’ll see that those specific website(s) will no longer be accessible.

In case you wish to undo the changes, follow Step 1-3 and delete the lines you had typed. You will again be able to open those sites.