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Recover PDF Password recovers passwords for PDF files in case they were lost or forgotten. It unlocks both user and owner passwords for PDF files. So you will be able to open password-protected PDF, print, edit and copy it.

If your PDF file is protected only with owner password you can use " Decrypt" option and create an unprotected copy of PDF file even without searching for the password.

This program features various methods of passwords recovery: by password length, by template, by dictionary, and exhaustive search method. Dictionary search is the time-saver in case you can remember that the password is a word more...

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Version 3.1.43:
  • Improvements for compatibility with OS X 10.7, including user interface enhancements.


OS X 10.5 or later

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Rubaiyat Member IconReview+567

It has no Preference in the App menu for a start. I wanted to change/get rid of the _decrypt suffix. In the process of looking around I noticed typos in the interface, not a good sign of attention to detail.

The procedure for unlocking a .pdf is even slower, and more cumbersome than Ovis PDF Recover. It only does them one at a time and each involves dragging and clicking and OKing multiple times.

For heavens sake all you are doing is removing the edit password!

It works, but what a waste of time.

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Version 3.0.24
Eltima Software (Developer)

Thanks for your comment. The _decrypt suffix is easy to remove actually: simply change the name of the file. The password search speed can be increased by playing with the settings, the more details you can remember about the password the faster the search process is going to be. As for the typos you noticed we will be glad if you report them to support@eltima.com, as we are always willing to improve our solutions and take your comments into consideration.

Drbowen Member IconReview-3

Even after paying the registration fee and inputing it, the main menu indicates that it is an unregistered demo. Tech support says they are working on this bug.

The first time I ran the registered version it hung my computer, but reported that it had discovered the password. Unfortunately, it would not decypt. When I contacted tech support, they began a series of email communications wanting me to try various things and send reports and screenshots to them. If I wanted to buy beta, I would. I paid for a functioning program and this one is questionable. When I asked for a refund, tech support said that I had not provided them sufficient information to document their software was not performing. They seem to intend to keep my money until I log enough hours to satisfy them. Doesn't that make me an employee?!?

The good news was the reason the program wouldn't decrypt the first time is because it had not really discovered the password. Now 85 hours into the next run of the program, it has not even completed the 6 character strings (and that was the bottom end of the range I selected). If the Lord doesn't return soon, the program may eventually find the password. I may go back to Elcomsoft's product, which ran quickly under VMWare Fusion on my MacBook Pro.

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Eltima Software (Developer)

As a software developer we want to be sure that our software is malfunctioning. That’s why we asked you to give us more information and make screenshot. Without such information it’s impossible to investigate the issue that you wrote about.

Jadco Member IconComment+11

This application has been well worth its price to me. There are many pdf's that cross my desktop that I would like to be able to copy from, or do such things as insert bookmarks for my own future reference. This application has easily decrypted all of them to date because - to my surprise - most of these pdf's have been encrypted without passwords, so that the software can decrypt them very quickly. As a result, pdf's such as computer manuals are now easy to edit with bookmarks and comments using Acrobat. So I'm very happy with the results.

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big77 Member IconReview+149

Basically, this is a brute-force cracker with some useful options, such as the ability to suggest characters.

But it's not multi-engine aware, so expect this to take a LONG time. Also seems to spend quite a bit of resource updating the not-too-useful progress indicator -- resources better spent to improve speed.

As a test, I'm running over 5 days now cracking a 9 character password and it looks like it has about 2 weeks left to run. (Mac Pro 3Ghz, 8 core).

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chrisB Member IconComment+65

I don't think apps like this should be listed here.

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Version 2.0
Syr Wullam

I disagree.

I work with hundreds of pdf files on a daily basis and I often have to use applications like PDFKey Pro. Recover PDF Password goes farther than PDFKey Pro but it does not mean that either developer would approve the use of their work for "illegal" purposes.

Your point can be easily twisted to say that e.g. hex editors should not be listed here because they can also be used to perform "illegal" actions on applications. And you would not say that, would you?

Or do you believe that encryption software or network/admin tools like Nmap or KisMAC should have no place here simply because they could get into malevolent hands?


Anonymous Member Icon

Recover PDF Password was developed to help those people who use the PDF documents in their every day life, but who lost the password for it. Or imagine such situation. Somebody have sent you the PDF document and you need to print it in an urgent way, but the file is protected by the password and the sender didn't hear anything about the password.
In such situations Recover PDF Password will sold your problem.
Of course there always be those who will use any software in the not appropriate way,and any company can't control all of such users.

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Downloads 8,798
Version Downloads 2,201
License Shareware
Date 12 Jun 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $39.95
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