Excel Password Unlockers

 In Cybersecurity, Encryption, GDPR, Privacy, Security

Let’s take a look at some Excel Password Unlocker Software out there, most of them free! Note: some may impose file size restrictions, e.g. Password-Find does not support files larger than 10MB.


SIMPLE TO USE: No need to install any software; you upload your file onto their website.
COST: Outlined below
FILE FORMATS: PDF, Ms. Word, Ms. Excel, Ms. PowerPoint, 7z, WinRAR, WinZip
Weak Password Recovery: FREE
Weak password recovery is free and fast (a few minutes). It uses a dictionary of 3 million weak passwords. Chances of recovery are around 22%.
Strong Password Recovery: Pay on Success – current price $29
You only pay for a successful recovery. It can take up to 24 hours. It uses a dictionary of 20+ billion real passwords. The password is recovered successfully in more than half of cases; around 61%
Brute Force with a Mask: Price on request
Brute force attacks or brute force cracking are when all possible characters that exist are tried until it hits on a combination that works. 100% success rate if correct mask (set of characters) is given.
For example, if you can remember that your password consisted of 8 or 9 characters, perhaps starts with “444,” and the remaining characters are lowercase letters (English alphabet), then that makes the search process a lot easier.

Passcovery Suite

SIMPLE TO USE: Safe and regular Windows installation kits digitally signed by the company. All installation data remain on the computer and are not transmitted online.
COST: from 60USD per one Office-compatible module
FILE FORMATS: supports all versions of Microsoft Office/OpenOffice/LibreOffice, Adobe PDF, RAR/WinRAR, Zip/WinZip, TrueCrypt, Apple iOS backups, WPA/WPA
Instant removal of weak passwords of all Microsoft Office versions
Searching for Excel/Word 97 decryption key
Three standard password attacks: brute-force attack, mask attack, dictionary attack
Extended (positional) mask attack that enables generating passwords from charsets individually defined for each position in the password
Mutating and blending of dictionaries to increase efficiency of dictionary attack
GPU acceleration on AMD/NVIDIA graphics cards to enable dramatic increase of the speed of brute-force attack


SIMPLE TO USE: Online service that guarantees decryption of password-protected Excel/Word 97-2003 files. No third-party software
COST: from $5 per one Excel/Word document decrypted online
FILE FORMATS:  guaranteed decryption of doc/xls files with a short (40-bit) encryption key
Rainbow tables for guaranteed decryption of Excel/Word 97 files

Password Online

SIMPLE TO USE: No need to install any software; you upload your file onto their website.
COST: 10 EUR – only payable if recovery is successful.
FILE FORMATS: doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, mdb, pdf, rar, zip, 7zip, eoc etc.
Instant Password Recovery
For weak passwords.
Password Reset
Sometimes, it is possible to reset the password inside the actual file itself.
Dictionary Attack
This method uses a dictionary. Every word in the dictionary is tried. This method is usually faster than Brute Force Attack.
Brute Force Attack
This type of attack tries every possible character combination in a given set, in the hope of password recovery. This method is usually very successful, if the correct set of characters is given.
Variation in Password
This method uses the possibility of the password having been mistyped or a missing character.
Plain Text Password Attack
This method is used mostly with Zip files.


SIMPLE TO USE: No need to install any software; you simply upload your file onto their website.
COST: Payment is only upon successful recovery.
FILE FORMATS: It works with Ms. Excel, Ms. Word, Ms. PowerPoint files and VBA Projects.
MS Office 97-2003 100%
MS Office 97-2003 CSP 81%
MS Office 2007-10 80%
MS Office 2013-19 78%
RECOVERY METHODS: They don’t seem to outline their recovery methods on their website.
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