Ophcrack equivalent for Gnome?

Asked by Tom on 2009-04-02

Hi, i was wondering if anyone knows of a Gnome equivalent of the excellent Ophcrack for KDE for cracking Windows passwords when they've been forgotten or for when i'm trying to fix up an old abandoned machine and save it from the world's dumping grounds?

Thanks and regards from Tom :)

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michael blair (michaelkblair) said : #1


Hello, just so you know go to Sourceforge.net, softpedia.com, or download.com (lots of good, virus free, and free software for windows). PCLoginNow- is way better than Ophcrack for Windows. It "deletes" ANY Windows passwords and allows you to sign on to the machine and then go to user accounts to make a new password or you can leave it with no password. Check it out http://download.cnet.com/PCLoginNow/3000-2094_4-10839903.html. Ive used this tool (and ophcrack) and PCLoginNow is more powerful, it will delete passwords of any size and any characters etc.

About Linux I've read this tutorial but have'nt tried it yet...http://www.goitexpert.com/entry.cfm?entry=Reset-Linux-Password, It looks really easy to do. When you sign on to Linux you can go into recovery mode and just use the terminal to reset the root password to something new. Good luck.

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Thanks for that, some useful info and at least 1 link i've bookmarked. I was really hoping to install something to Ubuntu (ie that has a gnome desktop rather than a KDE one) so that i can fix Windows drives.

Ideally if i could do that via Lan although i guess security risks make that unlikely. I have a usb adapter that allows me to plug laptop/ide/sata drives in as external drives so i could use this route.

I really don't want to use Windows ever again but i still enjoy helping fix 'dead' machines for people, leaving them with a dual-boot into an appropriate linux is a good 'buzz' ;)

Thanks, good luck and regards from
Tom :)

michael blair (michaelkblair) said : #3

Oh I see, I misunderstood your question. I repair PC's (CompTIA A+ Certified IT Technician). I use the 'bootable' PCLogIn now that I described above to crack Windows passwords. You just set the Windows machines BIOS to boot from the CD drive before the hard drive . After that with the machine off use a Paper clip to put into the hole that you see on the front of the CD drive, you will feel a little pressure and then push in, this will release the drive so that you can insert the PCLogIn now bootable CD. Push the tray back into place with the CD inside it and turn the PC on. Follow the easy prompts and then it prompts you to remove the CD, it exits and reboots the machine and there just isnt a password anymore, at all. It will make Windows do a disk check (error checking) as Windows is booting, this is normal, so let it finish (dont hit any buttons while it is doing the error checking and it will complete and boot into Windows normally). You can then change the password or just leave it without one.

If what you want to do is to crack a password over a Lan, I don't know how to do that. I have only used the Ophcrack bootable CD and the PCLogIn now bootable CD to crack Windows passwords. I would say that if you have a USB adapter that connects to laptop IDE/IDE/SATA drives then why not just get the person's data off of their Windows hard drive to another USB external hard drive temporarily, then wipe the whole Windows drive clean by partitioning and formatting it, then put the drive back in their machine, and install Linux as the only OS. Just a thought :) Good Luck!

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #4

Now that would leave an impression. He he!

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