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How to Recover ZIP Password

Forgot password to an old ZIP file that you had password protected? How to recover lost password to ZIP/WinZip archives? With ZIP Password Recovery program you can easily recover lost or forgotten passwords for ZIP/PKZip/WinZip archives. Supports the customizable brute-force attack, mask attack and dictionary attack modes. Follow this guide to see how to recover ZIP/WinZip password easily.

1Download and Install ZIP Password Recovery

  1. Click here to download the setup package of ZIP Password Recovery and save it in a place that is easy to find, such as your PC desktop.
  2. When the download is complete, double-click the download file to run the installation wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

2How to Recover ZIP Password

  1. Launch ZIP Password Recovery program. Click the ... button to select your password-protected ZIP archive file (*.zip, *.zipx).

    ZIP Password Recovery

  2. Select a attack method, then click the Next button to continue. It's recommended to try the Dictionary attack method before proceeding to the Brute-force attack method. If you can recall part of the password, the Mask attack is the best choice.

  3. If you select Dictionary attack, you need to specify a good dictionary for successful recovery. Generally, Dictionary attack succeed because many people have a tendency to choose passwords which are short, single words in a dictionary, or easily-predicted variations on words. You can use either default dictionary or your own ones.

    Dictionary Attack

    If you select Brute-force attack, set the minimum and maximum length of the password and what symbols to be searched. Begin with trying short passwords using the full character set, then you can increase the length of password simultaneously decreasing the character set to keep the required time acceptable.

    Brute-force Attack

    Often the Mask attack used if you already know some symbols or characters in the password. You can specify the mask to decrease the passwords combinations to be verified. For example, you know that the password contains 4 characters, starts with 'q' and ends with '2'. So, the Password mask should be set to "q??2".

    Mask Attack

  4. Click the Next button to start the recovery process. Once your password has been recovered, the program clearly notifies you of the results.

    Recover your password successfully

  5. Now you are able to open the password-protected ZIP archive with the recovered password.

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