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Windows 7: RAR or ZIP Password Removal

25 Oct 2014   #1

Windows 7
RAR or ZIP Password Removal

Dear All,

I have just downloaded a RAR file from the internet, the owner has not put a password on. I need to get the password of ASAP. Does anyone know a quick and easy way to do this without using software which will take years to take off?


J Mahone

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25 Oct 2014   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

You need to remove a password that isn't there?

It's against forum policy to discuss bypassing passwords.
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25 Oct 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

You need to contact the owner and get the password, sorry.
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25 Oct 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

the owner has not put a password on
That does contradict the Subject line.

Was the downloaded file a purchase or free but required registration? Either way one usually gets an E-Mail with the necessary information.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

A password on an archive file is a security measure to prevent unauthorized access to it's contents. If there was a quick and easy ways to bypass the password what purpose would it serve?

All I can suggest is to contact the owner of the file. If you are meant to have access he will either provide the password or the file in accessible form. I will not discuss any way of bypassing passwords.
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26 Oct 2014   #6
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1

There's no quick and easy way to remove RAR passwords. Also, despite the claims, the various brute force methods only work realistically with 5 chars or less. If the p/w uses upper and lower case letters + 0-9, that's 62 possibles per character.

For 5 char p/w, there's 62^5 or 62*62*62*62*62 = 916,132,832 poss variations

so a 12 character alphanumeric p/w starts to look uncrackable. A bit like the lottery calculation - 6 numbers - 14 million to 1.

That said, sometimes you can just guess. I found myself in this exact predicament the other day, e.g. if the passworded files were


I guessed '3DJed' as the p/w, and I was right. People often use the name of the website. A long shot, but . . .

edit - another method is to google the exact name of the rar file, and see if you can find it on a different site where they tell you the p/w. I hope this isn't getting too close to rule #4.
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26 Oct 2014   #7

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

warning   Warning
Trying to bypass a password protected file that was placed by someone else is a violation of the forum rules here.

Contact the owner of the file.

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