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    Lost Password Document (Word 97)

    I'm sure I've read somewhere about a way of opening a passworded Word document if you have forgotten the password but I can't find this information anywhere. In fact all I can find is "you can't open it". Can anyone help me? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Lost Password Document (Word 97)

    There are a few places in Word where a password can be applied.

    If your document is protected for forms with a password, just save it in RTF format, and then open it again and save it in Word format.

    If the password is protected in other ways- for instance, if the macros are protected, you might need different techniques.
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    Re: Lost Password Document (Word 97)

    Also, the entire document can be passworded for opening, and for editing. If this is the case, nothing short of a "password-cracker" utility can unlock it. This is offered as a service by several Internet sites, for a fee. <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>

    Obviously, this isn't easy to do, because if it were, then Word's security wouldn't be very effective. Most of the utilities simply "guess" the password by stepping through all the possibilities (usually only alpha-numeric ones). The length of time and success rate depend on whether the user used any special characters in their password, and the length of the password itself.
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    Re: Lost Password Document (Word 97)

    Thank you lonelywind. This was the answer I was looking for.

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    Re: Lost Password Document (Word 97)

    I have the URL for a password cracker site that looks promising. I haven't used it. Keep in mind though, that you will be giving your credit card information to people whose business is hacking.

    Also, their utility promises, on average, to give you a useable password within 30 days of continuous running on one PC, maximum of 70 days. If you gang computers to work on it you can cut this down to 3-6 days with 10 computers. I don't like to post the url on the Internet but will email it to you if you want. Send me a message at kenyonck@nospam.remove.bigfoot.com if you want the URL.

    Otherwise, if you run an internet search for "Word password cracker" you will find plenty of people willing to take your money. You should expect it to take at least a week, though.

    Note, these programs do work, but only because Microsoft uses a 40-bit key for encryption. There are other programs out there (including IE) that use 128-bit keys (or higher). PGP is one such, so is the Authenticode signing for Microsoft digital signatures on macros.
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    Re: Lost Password Document (Word 97)

    I don't think I'll take it any further, but thanks anyway for the information. Certainly useful to know.

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