How to Recover Email Passwords

By | August 31, 2017
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How to Recover Email Passwords

In our experience, one thing we’ve found to be pretty common is people who have set up email accounts in email programs such as Thunderbird, Outlook, etc.  They get a new computer or do a reset on their current computer and they can’t remember the email password. Lots of ways to securely remember passwords – for instance Secure Notes in LastPass – a great place to securely store all kinds of sensitive info. But, we all know we all don’t always do what we should do.

And…there are a lot of “ifs” involving recovery passwords for email. It depends on what email program you use. Or if you don’t use an email program at all, but check your email on the Web using your favorite browser.

If you use an email program to access your email, then you’ll find Mail Pass View from Nirsoft very helpful. Keep in mind this may be considered a “hacking tool” by some antivirus and security programs. But since the one you’re actually hacking is yourself – it’s all good.

Here’s the author’s description of Mail Pass View

Mail PassView is a small password-recovery tool that reveals the passwords and other account details for the following email clients:

Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only)

Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts)

Windows Mail

Windows Live Mail



Netscape 6.x/7.x (If the password is not encrypted with master password)

Mozilla Thunderbird (If the password is not encrypted with master password)

Group Mail Free

Yahoo! Mail – If the password is saved in Yahoo! Messenger application.

Hotmail/MSN mail – If the password is saved in MSN/Windows/Live Messenger application.

Gmail – If the password is saved by Gmail Notifier application, Google Desktop, or by Google Talk…

For each email account, the following fields are displayed: Account Name, Application, Email, Server, Server Type (POP3/IMAP/SMTP), User Name, and the Password…

Mail Pass View is free and it comes from one of our most trusted sites, Nirsoft. For more information and/or to download Mail Pass View visit this page.

If you do all your email from within your Web browser (,, you might find WebBrowserPassView useful. You can get more info and or download WebBrowserPassView here . Additionally, most Web mail like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, have a password recovery link on the page where you sign in. You can use that link to re-set your passsword for any Web mail account.

Important! Your security software may go nuts when you try to run one of the above programs – because they are hacking programs. But they’re made for you to use on your own computer. As long as they’re used as intended they’re great programs and pose no danger to your PC.

We hope this helps you recover your email passwords,


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