IE Password Decryptor : Free Tool to Recover Forgotten Website Password from Internet Explorer v6, v7, v8, v10, and v11
IE Password Decryptor

Version: 13.0

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IE Password Decryptor is the FREE software to quickly and easily recover all the stored passwords from Internet Explorer.
It can recover passwords from all versions of Internet Explorer starting from version 4.0 to latest version 11.0. Also now it can even recover IE passwords from Windows Vault store as well as from Edge Browser on Windows 10/11

It automatically detects the installed IE version and use appropriate technique to successfully decrypt all the stored passwords.One of the unique feature of this tool is that it can recover passwords (from IE v7-v11) for popular websites without depending on the history.

It also presents 'IE History Manager' interface which not only displays the contents of IE history in detail but also provides the option to add/remove websites with ease.

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IE Password Decryptor works on both 32-bit & 64-bit platforms starting from Windows Vista to Windows 11 version.

  • Recover Autocomplete and HTTP basic authentication passwords
  • Support all versions of Internet Explorer from v4.0 to v11.0
  • Recover IE passwords from Windows Vault store and from Edge Browser on windows 10/11
  • Smart mode - Automatically Recover Passwords for Popular Websites without depending on the history URLs.
  • Useful for Penetration testers and Forensic investigators.
  • Feature to reset the 'Content Advisor Password' of Internet Explorer
  • Export option to back up the decrypted password list to HTML/XML/Text/CSV file.
  • Includes 'History Manager' which displays websites stored in IE history along with option to add/remove entries
  •  'Add Website' option to add website link to existing IE history to help in recovering password for which website link is not present in IE history (applicable for IE v7-v11).
  • Includes Installer for assisting you in local Installation & Uninstallation.
How it Works?
Internet Explorer stores two type of passwords, Autocomplete and HTTP basic authentication based passwords. Autocomplete passwords are normal website login passwords such as email, forum websites. HTTP basic authentication password is the one which is required to login to website itself.
Internet Explorer below version 7 stores both Autocomplete and HTTP basic authentication passwords in the secure location known as 'Protected Storage'. Windows has introduced 'Protected Storage' to allow applications such as IE, Outlook to store the secrets securely in an encrypted format. Below is the registry location corresponding to the 'Protected Storage'.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider
With version 7 onwards IE has changed the location of password store to provide better security mechanism compared to existing 'Protected Storage'. Now IE stores all the Autocomplete passwords in below mentioned registry location in an encrypted format.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2
The HTTP basic authentication passwords are stored in the 'Credentials store'. The 'Credentials Store' is newly introduced secret store mechanism by Windows and it is generally used to store the network login passwords. Its location is given below
[Windows XP]
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Microsoft\Credentials

[Windows Vista\Windows 7]

IE v10.x-v11.x (Windows 8/Windows 10) onwards stores the passwords in Windows Vault or Credential Manager.

IE Password Decryptor automatically detects the IE version and correspondingly decrypt the username/passwords from the appropriate secret store.

For latest info on Internet Explorer password location, decryption & recovery methods, please visit
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Installation & Uninstallation
IE Password Decryptor comes with Installer to assist in local installation and un-installation. It has intuitive wizard which guides you through series of steps in completion of installation.
At any point of time, you can uninstall the product using the Uninstaller located at following location (by default)
[Windows 32 bit]
C:\Program Files\SecurityXploded\IEPasswordDecryptor

[Windows 64 bit]
C:\Program Files (x86)\SecurityXploded\IEPasswordDecryptor
How to Use?

IE Password Decryptor is a portable application and can be run anywhere directly. It comes with both IE password manager as well as IE history manager feature

Using IE Password Manager
  • Launch the IE Password Decryptor on your computer.
  • It will automatically detect the Internet Explorer version and displays Autocomplete as well as HTTP basic authentication passwords.
  • You can double click on any of the displayed entry to visit the website directly for quick verification.
  • Next you can save the username/password list to HTML/XML/TEXT/CSV file by clicking on 'Export' button and then select the type of file from the drop down box of 'Save File Dialog'.
  • It also provides option to reset the IE content advisor password.
Using IE History Manager feature
  • After launching the IE Password Decryptor, click on 'IE History Manager' tab as shown in the screenshot 2 below.
  • It will display all the websites from IE history along with website link, website title and visited date.
  • You can use the Remove/'Remove All' button to remove either single or all websites from IE history.
  • Next you can save this history list to html file by clicking on 'Save to HTML' button.
  • Optionally, you can use 'Add website' button to add website link to existing IE history. This will help in recovering password for the website whose entry is missing from IE history. Because IE v7 - v11 require website link to recover the stored password.
Screenshot 1: IE Password Decryptor showing the recovered website username & passwords from Internet Explorer v11 on Windows 10
IE Password Decryptor showing the IE Secrets
Screenshot 2: Revealing History data from Internet Explorer
IEPasswordDecrytor showing the IE history
Screenshot 3:  HTML Report of recovered username/passwords from Internet Explorer v11
IEPasswordDecrytor showing the exported list
Release History
Version 13.0: 26th Sep 2023
New 2023 release supporting Windows 11 & removed support for Windows XP. Also enhanced IE password recovery from registry & credential manager.
Version 12.0: 15th July 2020
Mega 2020 release with improved IE password recovery. Also updated smart mode URLs for popular websites
Version 11.0: 14th Feb 2019
Mega 2019 edition with support for recovering IE passwords for popular websites without history. Also includes major update to IE password recovery method.
Version 10.0: 8th Oct 2018
Mega 2018 release with few fixes for IE password recovery and removed false positive issues with antivirus
Version 9.0: 2nd Nov 2016
Major 2016 edition with the support for password recovery from Windows Vault and Edge browser on Windows 10.
Version 8.0: 25th Aug 2015
Mega release with a support for password recovery from new IE v11.x on Windows 10 version. Also presents brand new GUI interface.
Version 7.5: 18th Jul 2015
New feature added to Installer to dynamically download latest version
Version 7.2: 3rd Apr 2015
Minor updates to Installer. Also removed false positive with Antivirus solutions.
Version 7.1: 17th Feb 2015
Integrated Uninstaller into Windows Add/Remove Programs, now you can uninstall it in a standard way.
Version 7.0: 7th Nov 2014
Added more popular website links to smart mode password recovery. Improved installer screen.
Version 6.5: 6th Jan 2014
New feature to generate password recovery report in CSV (Comma-Seperated Values) File Format.
Version 6.0: 15th July 2013
Mega release supporting password recovery from Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8. Also fixed the Version display for IE 10.
Version 5.5: 27th Feb 2013
Fixed the random crash problem due to cmdline initialization. Added HTTP SSL Login links for Facebook & Twitter accounts.
Version 5.0: 27th Jan 2013
Added more popular website login links for Smart Password Recovery. Fixed the screen refresh problem.
Version 4.5: 14th Nov 2012
Introducing Smart Mode - Now it automatically recovers passwords for popular websites even though these links are not present in History. Duplicate entries are removed now. Improved UI with cool icon & banner.
Version 4.0 : 5th Apr 2012
Improved UI changes, Fixed issue with deletion of IE history, Enhanced HTML report.
Version 3.5 : 10th Feb 2012
XML based report generation in GUI/Command-line mode, Improved HTML reports etc.
Version 3.0 : 23rd Aug 2011
Presents command-line interface, improved user interface with new banner,  icons and better HTML report.
Version 2.1 : 28th Mar 2011
Added new logo, link for in about section and few bug fixes.
Version 2.0 : 9th Nov 2010
vibrant look & feel with new banner and refined interface. It includes the software update verifier to automatically check for new versions. Brings in Installer with 'Intuitive Setup Wizard' which allows you to locally install this software on your system.
Version 1.6 : 9th Mar 2010
This version presents the enhanced look & feel with cool button interface.
Version 1.5 :  15th Dec 2009
Support for Windows 7 version. Added functionality to display multiple account information for IE 6 autocomplete entries.
Version 1.0.1 :  1st Sep 2009
First public release of IE Password Decryptor supporting the recovery of sign-on passwords from all versions of Internet Explorer along with support for managing IE history. 
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License  : Freeware
Platform : Windows 11,10,8,7,Vista (32-bit/64-bit)

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