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Money file password

I forgot my password for my Money backup file. My computer crashed and I kept the password on it. I have bpought new money program and need to get password to restore my file from the thumb drive it is on

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I'm not aware of any FREEware that will recover MS Money passwords, only for the recovery of corrupted files. This should come as no surprise though, given the inherent desperation factor for their product.

However, the following should help you get started on your path to recovery.

BREIF PRIMER: http://financialsoft.about.com/od/datasecurity/f/lostpasswds.htm

REVIEW AND COMPARE the following software choices:

- Advanced Money Password Recovery v1.11
$30.00 http://www.tucows.com/preview/284172
Shows only the 1st 3 characters of the password unless you purchase (to get the entire password). However, if those 3 characters are enough to jar your memory to the whole password, it will be enough to save you the $30.00.

- Money Key
$45.00 http://www.supershareware.com/info/money-key.html
Demo version will "recover short passwords". How many character's "short" is, I don't know.

- Advanced Office Password Recovery
$49.00 http://www.elcomsoft.com/aopr.html
Appears to be the most comprehensive, but also the most expensive.

- Password Spyer 2K
$15.95 http://www.maros-tools.com/products/spyer/index.htm
This one is from a link in the above primer discussing recovery of MS Money passwords, but that app is not mention on their webpage. If you inquire and find it is capable, it is the cheapest.

You may also want to consider contacting a local PC tech (or the teenage geek next door) who may be willing to perform the one-time task for an even more nominal fee.

Lastly, but most importantly .... please, please, please let this be the last lesson you'll need for the rest of your life about the vital importance of backing up ALL things essential (data as well as passwords). Specifically concerning passwords, you NEED (repeat NEED) a "password manager". I've tried and evaluated dozens of them, and in my opinion, RoboForm www.roboform.com is the clear standout. Been using it for many years now with absolutely zero regrets. It also has several other very useful capabilites as well concerning your favorites, contacts, search engine index, etc. And if you're a mobile PC user in any way, and you have/use a USB flash/key drive, take a look at the portable "RoboForm2Go" version ... simply indispensable.

Good luck.

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