How to find a VNC password

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How to find a VNC password
If you've forgotten your VNC password, third-party software can help get you back into the server. (login image by Edvin selimovic from

Because the Virtual Network Computer, or VNC, application allows you to connect with another computer on the VNC server, including viewing and editing applications and documents on that remote desktop, you may choose to protect your VNC server with a username and password to block unwanted users. Changing your password is simple, but if you forget your VNC password entirely, finding it requires downloading third-party software that specialises in cracking and recovering VNC passwords.

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    Download and install VNCPassView (see Resources). This program can recover both the password that is stored in the Windows registry for the user currently logged in or any other user passwords that have been set up. VNCPassView is freeware available for free download from Softpedia.

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    Download and install Password Recovery Bundle (see Resources). Using Password Recovery Bundle, also free, to recover a VNC password is as simple as two clicks. The program will locate all encrypted VNC passwords and decrypt to recover your original password.

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    Download and install VNCPwdump (see Resources). This program dumps and decrypts the user registry key, retrieves it, decrypts the supplied command line and dumps the owner's password. VNCPwdump is a free download.

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