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One of the good features of yahoo messenger is the archive viewer. Yahoo records all the instant messages, conferences, texts and stores them in archives within the hard disk. All the archive files are stored inside Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles\user id folder. These archives are structured by buddy user ids. There are 3 main folders in here for Messages, Conferences and Mobile Messages.  Within the messages folder there is a sub folder created for every buddy id with which the user has had any conversation. Each archive file inside this folder has a date stamp as part of the filename like 20100625-userid.dat.

One drawback of the archive viewer is that you have to be online and logged into yahoo to view your archives. This means you can’t see any other user’s archives. The archives are stored as .dat file extensions and they encoded with a XOR algorithm. Therefore, you can’t read the layout the archives. There can be situations where you may need the archived messages or chats for your reference. Also, in cases when you forget password, archives can be helpful to retrieve important contact information or email IDs. People also like to view their kids, spouse or employees chat for personal reasons where archives can help.

The question is how; the structure of archives is not readable. You need a Yahoo archive reader. Use Yahoo archive decoder software to decode every data with the DAT files and read every chat, message or text done from that system. There are a numerous other features that this archive reader will help you with, like:

  • Easily reads and decodes all Yahoo archives including instant messages, conferences and mobile messages.
  • They permit users to read all conversations even without login details
  • Imports any external Yahoo archive file and decodes it even when it’s not in Yahoo directory
  • Save the decoded chat conversation in HTML format.

Kernel Yahoo Archive Reader is an excellent choice to read coded yahoo messenger chats. You can decode chat and read every encoded chat in the disk or select specific .DAT files as per your requirement. A free version is available to test you the working of this software. this version allows you to view first four instant messages and conference messages, restricting you from viewing mobile messages. It supports any messenger version and works flawlessly on Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7 and 2008 server.

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