Lost Word Password
Name - Free Word / Excel Password Recovery Wizard
Download URL - http://www.freewordexcelpassword.com/
Developer - Free Password Recovery Software
OS - Windows 9x and later
File Size - 2.03 MB
Developer Provided Description - "FREE Word Excel password recovery Wizard offers the same functionality and performance as expensive commercial Word password / Excel password recovery software, but is a completely free download. Unlike other supposedly "free" downloads, it is a full product, not a demo version or shareware. It contains no spyware or other malware."
Comments - None Yet
Name - GuaWord v. 0.9 BETA FREEWARE
Download URL - http://www.password-crackers.com/DOWNLOAD/guawrd09.zip
Developer - Pavel Semjanov
OS - DOS (DPMI-host needed), Windows 95/98/2000/NT and Linux
File Size - 80 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word 97/2000 (and Word XP in default, 40-bit mode)
Developer Provided Description - "All known Word 97/2000 password crackers are testing passwords (using brute-force or dictionary attacks) to find the right one. This method is good only for short and non-complex passwords. For example, the fastest program gives about 170.000 password/second on Pentium III/800. To find 8-character password consisting of lowercase Latin letters and digits you'll need about 200 days. What if password is longer or consists of special characters or national symbols? (Un)fortunately, another method to decrypt files exists. Word 97/2000 (as well as Word XP in default mode) password protection uses strong enough encryption algorithm, but because of U.S. crypto export regulations key length is only 40 bits. So, you need to test only 240 keys (not passwords) to decrypt your file with guarantee. GuaWord does it, and key testing will take about 20 days only on the same Pentium III/800 PC. Within this time (and in average within the half of this time) ANY file, encrypted with ANY password (no matter what length of the password is or what language or symbols used, etc) can be decrypted. Moreover, GuaWord offers distributed computing mechanism (via the shared directory) and you should divide the necessary time to the quantity of PCs you've got."
Comment - This can take like 25 days on an average machine, but is guaranteed to work, unlike a brute force cracker.
Name - Password Recovery Suite 3.1
Download URL - prs31setup.exe
Developer - Mikhail Ledvich
OS - Windows 9X
File Size - 313 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word and Excel 97 - 2003
Developer Provided Description - "PRS (Password Recovery Suite) is able to recover password from Windows, Dial up networking, AIM, Windows screensaver, Ws_FTP, and a large number of other applications and files. PRS also has an encryption cracker feature. It will crack the encryption on many shareware/freeware encrypted files. If you need to recover a password in a hurry PRS is not only your only answer but is also your final solution."
Comment - Author is now embarrassed by the program, but it does work, and will decrypt modern Word and Excel files. Description is taken from a Major Geeks listing that is no longer displayed.
Download URL - crackit.zip
Developer - Jack Kennel
OS - Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000(seems to work fine for me on XP)
File Size - 8.97 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word/Excel 97/2000/XP
Developer Provided Description - "A GUI utility, recovers Word/Excel password for opening by brute-force attack only."
Comment - Has been translated into Turkish! Apparently goes through 12,000 passwords per minute. No Progress indication. Description is from Pavel Semjanov's Russian Password Cracker's Site.
Name - Word97 Crack (Bokler describes the program if you scroll down)
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Download URL - word97cr.zip - free version
Developer - Dmitry Sumin (now lostpassword.com)
OS - Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000
File Size - 35.8 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word 97 Only
Developer Provided Description - "This package was intended for discovering "forgotten" passwords for files created with Microsoft Word 97."
Comment - The program has gone commercial. See here. It needs mso97.dll to run, which is only installed with Office 97, but I suppose could be found on a dll download site.
Name - WP1
Download URL - wp_pwds.zip
Developer - Lyal Collins
OS - DOS/ Windows
File Size - 18.3 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word Versions 2.0a-c and version 6.0a
Developer Provided Description - "Recovers text ONLY in password protected Word for Windows. Tested with Word Versions 2.0a-c and version 6.0a files. Word 2.0 files use a simple technique easily reversed, while Word 6.0 files need a little bit of guessing."
Comment - Old version of Word only.
Name - F-DCRYPT
Download URL - fdc-104.zip
Developer - FRISK Software International
OS - DOS/ Windows
File Size - 18.8 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word versions 6.0-7.0a and Excel versions 5.0-7.0.
Developer Provided Description - "F-DCRYPT is a program for recovering the password and decrypting documents produced by Microsoft Word versions 6.0-7.0a and Microsoft Excel versions 5.0-7.0.
Several macro viruses encrypt the documents of the user as part of their destructive payload. Our macro virus scanner, F-MACROW, versions 1.06 and above can scan encrypted documents, locate the
macro viruses inside (if there are any) and even disinfect them. However, it leaves the encryption in place - because there is no reliable way of determining whether the document has been encrypted by the user or by the virus. If it turns out that the encryption of the document has been done by the virus and is, therefore, unwanted, the user can use this F-DCRYPT utility to display the password and even decrypt the documents."
Comment - Old versions of Word and Excel only.
Download URL - wfwcd.zip - free version
Developer - Fauzan Mirza
OS - DOS/ Windows
File Size - 19.8 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - MS Word for Windows 6.0
Developer Provided Description - "This program attempts to recover the password for Word for Windows encrypted documents."
Comment - Old version of Word only. Written in 1996.
Name - Microsoft Word Document Unprotect Program
Download URL - wordunp.zip - free version
Developer - Marc Thibault
OS - DOS/ Windows
File Size - 27.4 KB
Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Word versions 1 and 2
Developer Provided Description - "Word has a fairly simpleminded encryption facility you can use
to protect your documents from prying eyes. Unfortunately, three seconds with the hex dump of a "protected" file will tell you how it's done, and how to undo it without knowing the pass phrase."
Comment - For old versions of Word. Written in 1993.
Please note: Honestly the commercial software or services is probably the route you will have to take to recover your Word or Excel password. The GuaWord program will work but could take something like 25 days.
The Google Adsense Ads displayed on the pages should lead you to the standard commercial software and services available for the problem you are having. You can also try the commercial links page on this site which is here and in the navigation structure on the left. For software always be sure to try the demos first to see if the program works before buying. Also the difference in prices for software that does the same thing, for instance recovering PowerPoint Presentations, can be a large price range like in this case $50 - 299. If possible, try several software solutions before buying. For services, be sure there is a no data, no fee guarantee, and a recovered file preview available.