ICQ is a computer program allowing users to send and receive instant messages. The name ‘ICQ’ was derived from the phrase ‘I Seek You.’ ICQ requires users to create user accounts to avail of the service. These accounts are protected by a user ID and password. For users to access their accounts, they have to log in with their user ID ad password.
If you lost or forgot your ICQ password, you can recover it in a number of ways such as:
- resetting your ICQ password online;
- recovering your stored ICQ password; and
- using brute force.
Resetting Your ICQ Password Online
If you forgot your password, you can recover it by going to the ICQ Password page. Enter the URL https://www.icq.com/password/ on the address field.
Enter your ICQ number in the assigned field. The site will forward your password to the email account you used when you signed up for ICQ.
If you also forgot your ICQ number, you must enter some personal information. These are those you provided when you registered on ICQ. These information may include your nickname, first name, family name, and email address. This will be used to locate your ICQ number in the directory. Once you’ve confirmed your identity, your password and ICQ number will be sent to your email address.
Recovering a Stored ICQ Password
There are several ICQ password recovery tools that can be used if the password is stored somewhere in the system. Passwords can be saved or encrypted in the system.
Password recovery programs can read the encryption. They can search the system and look for the passwords. They can also identify if the password is for ICQ or not.
When using these programs, follow the steps used for each of the programs. These programs often have easy-to-use Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs). The instructions for using the application can also be found in the developer’s website and in the help files found in the software.
It will help minimize the search if you know the specific folder or directory where the password is saved.
Mounting a Brute Force Attack
It is possible to set up a brute force attack to retrieve an ICQ password. There are manuals that can help you in mounting a brute force attack. However, an automated tool like IPDbrute is simpler to use.