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Cain & Abel Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Cain & Abel for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Wireshark, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Cain & Abel and 18 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Cain & Abel are Aircrack-ng, John the Ripper, Ettercap and hashcat.

Cain & Abel alternatives are mainly Network Analyzers but may also be Network Monitors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Cain & Abel.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

Discontinued password recovery utility for Windows meant for ethical use.

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  1. Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.

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    Most users think Wireshark is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.
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    Aircrack-ng

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Fern Wifi Cracker

    Aircrack-ng is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured.

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    John the Ripper

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku

    John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix, Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords.

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    Most users think John the Ripper is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.
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    Ettercap

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Ettercap is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks.

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    Most users think Ettercap is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.
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    hashcat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    The World's Fastest CPU/GPU powered password cracker.

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    ophcrack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Ophcrack is a Windows Password cracker based on Rainbow Tables.

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    Intercepter-NG

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad

    Intercepter-NG is a multifunctional network toolkit for various types of IT specialists.

    Discontinued

    App unavailable on Play Store and website is flagged by modern browsers as potentially malicious.

    Warning

    Website blocked by modern browsers as possible trojan.

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    recALL

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    recALL is free and portable multifunctional password recovery and auditing solution for Windows - instantly finds and recovers passwords from more than 200 popular applications (FTP, E-mail clients, Instant Messengers, Browsers) and recovering licenses from over 2800 programs.

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    Kon-Boot

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Kon-Boot is an application which will silently bypass the authentication process of Windows based operating systems. Without overwriting your old password! In other words you can login to your Windows profile without knowing your password.

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    Some users think Kon-Boot is a great alternative to Cain & Abel, some don't.
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    Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Windows stores its user information, including crypted versions of the passwords, in a file called 'sam', usually found in \windows\system32\config. This file is a part of the registry, in a binary format previously undocumented, and not easily accessible.

    Discontinued

    The last update was in 2014.

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