Note: This review addresses v4.15 of the
Lost a password to an important Word or Excel file, can’t find
it, and figure the file may be lost forever? There’s a chance that
you may be able to recover it. Advanced Office Password Recovery
Home aims to crack passwords for Office and Excel files so that you
can open and use them.
To recover a password, run Advanced Office Password Recovery
Home, select the file, and tell it to go to work. It begins by
checking previously found passwords and passwords in the computer’s
cache, and then moves onto more sophisticated dictionary and brute
force attacks. For simple passwords, for example of four letters,
it worked nearly instantly. Longer passwords took several minutes
In my tests, I found that Advanced Office Password Recovery Home
cracked all the passwords I threw at it, until I started using very
long, complex ones, for example those of several dozen characters.
At that point, it balked and told me to choose more complex methods
of attack built into the program, but without saying which to use,
or how to use it. But without a background in encryption and
password-breaking, I was unable to figure out how to set the
options for Brute Force and Dictionary attacks to crack the
password. Still, most passwords will most likely be short, so you
will likely not run into that problem.
Note: The trial version of Advanced Office
Password Recovery Home will recover passwords only of five or fewer
characters. If you want to recover longer passwords, you will have
to pay to register the program.