It is mD5 encryption, the best out there. It can't be cracked. That's why if you loose your password, it generates a new one and you can change it. You can't get your original one back, as it can't un-encrypt it.
Definately get a new webhost. It takes 20 minutes to upgrade php. You need a webhost that stays current on things. Please use the search function here or goto webhostingtalk.com for that to find a new host, as it's been asked a lot.
Yes, what kind of stats are you using? Does your website get a lot of hits? You can also reduce the images by editing templates, but it may just be a bug in your web stat program or something of that nature, because your problem just doesn't sound logical to me. I work for a hosting company. -Kyle 8)
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