Too complex

Skip this overly complex program that is supposed to make it easy to access the data hidden behind asterisk-covered Internet Explorer passwords and autocomplete information.

Secret Explorer wants to help you be more secure and find the information stored in Internet Explorer such as auto-complete data. However, this program sinks upon first opening, possibly encouraging users to look elsewhere for help.

This trial version, which only allows you to use the first two letters of a password, directly tells users in its Help menu that those used to Internet Explorer will find Secret Explorer familiar. We have been using Internet Explorer for years and discovered no similarities from the start. Secret Explorer opens up with a small Help screen that's so full of jargon that most users will not find it useful. From there, the display has a large number of icons across the top, many of which don't instantly seem to have a purpose. Attempting to operate the program was similarly frustrating, since there is nothing here to help users get started.

Fed-up users can turn to the Help menu, which takes them to a Web site from the manufacturer. Here, there is an extensive description of what Secret Explorer is and how to use it. However, much like the opening Help screen, it is so bogged down in technical speak and direction-less writing that most users will be just as disappointed by its results.

Overall, we did not see any similarities to Internet Explorer and found it next to impossible to make Secret Explorer even function. There are many different types of security software and browsers available and we suggest skipping this needlessly complex program.

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