Forgot Password in Word Document....
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Asked by: audi-ga
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11 Jul 2002 22:53 PDT
Expires: 10 Aug 2002 22:53 PDT
Question ID: 38805
I forgot my password in a word document. If you've recovered it from microsoft or someone else, please send me exact instructions.
Re: Forgot Password in Word Document....
Answered By: molloch-ga on 11 Jul 2002 23:30 PDT
Hi Audi, Microsoft Office stores passwords in different versions of Word in different ways. In the later versions of Word, only a "Brute Force" attack is possible to recover some encrypted passwords. The best way to recover a password is to use a piece of software which has been specifically written for the purpose. In my experience, the single best piece of software I have used is "Advanced Office 2000 Password Recovery" from a company called Elmsoft. This program will try and retrieve your password by reading the actual bytes in the file in which the password is stored. If this fails, you can run a brute force attack using a dictionary of words or randomly generated letter "strings". You can download a demo version from their site - but unfortuantly it only shows you the first 3 characters of your password. Often this is enough to jog your memory and figure out the rest! You can find a link to the download site of "AO2000pr" at elmsofts website: http://www.elcomsoft.com/ao2000pr.html I have tried various other programs to recover my users passwords from documents but none has bought me more sucess that this product. Although it says it is for Office 2000, it will also work with Office-XP (Word 2002). Good luck Molloch
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