Top 5 Windows Password Cracking Tools [For Educational Purpose Only]

Whenever you engage in the security assessment of Windows-based targets, password cracking is one of the activities that need to be carried out. Windows passwords are stored in an encrypted hashing format that is irreversible in nature. Undoubtedly, Windows takes care of users' authentication aspects, but these tools will still be effective in assessing any gap. This short tutorial list the top 5 Windows password-cracking tools.


pwdump is quite a popular tool among hackers and bad people worldwide. It simply captures the stored hashes in the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) file. For those who don't know SAM file contains the hashes of Windows passwords.



Ophcrack tool is a free and open-source Windows password cracker tool and it is based on rainbow tables. This tool may be run on Linux, macOS, Windows-based systems, and other operating systems. Effective on cracking LM and NTLM hashes. Graphical interfaces are also available to see and analyze passwords in graphical mode.



This tool imports SAM files and crack the username and password available in the file. You can download the LCP tool by clicking on the Download link.


John the Ripper

John the Ripper is the popular free and open-source password-cracking tool available for many operating systems to crack passwords from cryptographic hashes.



L0phtCrack is a Password Auditor and use a dictionary attack with other attacks method to crack Windows password.


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Disclaimer: This tutorial is for educational purpose only. Individual is solely responsible for any illegal act.

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