We can recover a document open password (the so-called User Password) for all versions of encrypted PDF files. We don't recover an Owner Password (the so-called Permissions Password), but we can remove it from your document for free. Upload your file here and follow the instructions:
Maximum upload file size: 100MB
You can try a free check for weak passwords: it is successful in about 22% of all cases, and it takes only one or two minutes to see the result.
If your lost password is not found in the free check, there is a more guaranteed option: a paid password search through 20+ billion records. You may expect a successfully found password with a 61% probability. The search time depends on the PDF document version and the utilization of our computing cluster, so it may last from 10 minutes to 24 hours. We accept your payment only after the password is successfully recovered.
Here is more information about the password recovery chances.
After you recover the lost password you can easily purge the password protection with our online tool — the PDF Password Remover.
To remove the password protection from a document, you need to restore the lost password first. So, upload the file to our website and wait for the positive result!
|PDF Password Recovery (*.pdf files)|
|Recovery Type||Success probability||Time estimate||Price|
|Permissions Password Removal recovery is not available||100%||Instantly||Free||Get Started|
|Weak password recovery||≈ 22%||Few minutes||Free||Get Started|
|Strong password recovery (Acrobat 2-4)||≈ 61%||Up to 6 hours||$29 *||Get Started|
|Strong password recovery (Acrobat 5-11)||≈ 61%||Up to 12 hours||$39 *||Get Started|
|Brute force with a mask **||100% ***||Depends on mask complexity||On request||Make a Request|
* You pay only for a successful password recovery, after the job is done.
** We systematically search through all possible password variants according to the specified mask. To build the proper mask, we need all the information about the password structure, including its maximum length and the character set. A blind search through all possible password variants is useless. Just imagine, finding a 10-character password blindly, even with our high-performance cluster, would take thousands of years because there are more than 67 quintillion (67 * 1018) possible variants. You can calculate the number of password options and the approximate search time online with our Brute Force calculator.
*** 100% successful password recovery is guaranteed only if you have specified the correct mask. We will never recover the password successfully if its mask parameters, including the character set and length, are incorrect. So, please, order a mask password recovery only if you know for sure the password structure: its maximum length and the character set.
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