Word Password Recovery

Stridder44

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Im trying to recover a Word document that is password protected. Is there any freeware that will do this? I don't care what the solution is, I just want it to be free. Is there anything that can be done? Im having alot of trouble
 

Doctor Q

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I moved your thread to the proper forum. Perhaps people will see it here and have advice about this.
 

Doctor Q

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There must be a way to do this, because there are commercial services that sell it.

That doesn't say much for the safety of document passwords. Assuming their services really work.
 

wackymacky

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Yes there are ways to do it, though they depend on what ver. of office they were created in. (most involve changing the doc/docx file into a different format then changing the file in a script editor to remove the password.)

You may end up with a plain-text file with formatting lost.

This isn't a hacking forum though so enough said

Google around as there are solutions freely available.

Make sure you back up the file first however in case you corrupt it.
 

joejoejoe

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Yes there are ways to do it, though they depend on what ver. of office they were created in. (most involve changing the doc/docx file into a different format then changing the file in a script editor to remove the password.)

You may end up with a plain-text file with formatting lost.

This isn't a hacking forum though so enough said

Google around as there are solutions freely available.

Make sure you back up the file first however in case you corrupt it.
Thanks wacky,

I tried googling to no avail. Are there any specific sites/programs you have in mind?

Thanks
 

joejoejoe

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What version of word is the file written in. Does it contain any macros?
Wrote it in an older version of word (04 I believe?) but upgraded to Office 08. I don't think it contains any macros, all I did was password protect it.