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How to unlock Password protected ZIP files

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  • TeamPresentMirror | Updated: March 25, 2020, 7:31 a.m.




ZIP files are widely used to organize files and folders. We can compress many files and make one ZIP files. We can protect our data by password protecting the ZIP files. But, what if you forget password of the ZIP file? You will not be able to access your own files. Since encrypting ZIP files encrypts the file, folder and all the data in it, so you may face loss of important data. In case you have forgotten your password and want to unlock password protected ZIP file, you are at right place. In


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  1. Unlock ZIP file password using Notepad
  2. This is the easiest among all methods to unlock password protected ZIP files, however the success rate may be low. No need of any external software or online tool as notepad is readily available in all systems. Follow the steps below:

    1. Go to the ZIP file and “Right” click > Open with > Notepad

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    3. Click “Edit” > Replace > go to second line on notepad page and replace "Ûtà" with "5³tà"
    4. Close notepad and open our ZIP file.
  3. Remove ZIP file password using CMD
  4. This is a complicated method but will give the desired result. For this method we have to download John the Ripper a CMD line tool. John the Ripper is free and Open Source software, distributed primarily in source code form.

    1. Download John the Ripper from
    2. Open John the ripper ZIP file.
    3. Change the name of folder to “John” and keep it on desktop
    4. Open “John Folder” > Run > Create new folder “Crack” in the run folder.
    5. Copy the password protected ZIP file and paste in the “Crack” folder

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    7. Close the Opened folders and open CMD.
    8. Type “cd desktop/john/run” and click Enter.
    9. Type “zip2john.exe crack/YourFileName.zip>crack/Key.txt” to create a ZIP file password hashes to be used to unlock ZIP file password. Remember to replace “yourfilename” in the command with actual name of the file to be unlocked.

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    11. Type command “john --format=zip crack/key.txt” > Enter, your password unblocking will start.

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  5. Using software to unlock ZIP file password
  6. There are several third party tools to unblock password protected ZIP files. These tools are faster than above two methods. One such tool is Passper for ZIP, download it here and follow the steps mentioned below to use it to unblock password protected ZIP files.

    1. Open Passper for ZIP > click Add button and upload the ZIP file to unblock.
    2. Select attack mode from 4 available options according to your suitability > Recover.
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    4. Tool will process and get your password.
  7. Unlock ZIP file password online
  8. If you are not sure about the reliability of ZIP password tool, you can try to remove ZIP fie password online. However for this you have to upload the file on online server and then you can download the unlocked file. Follow the steps below to use an online tool to unlock password of ZIP files:

    1. Go to Online ZIP converter
    2. Upload the files you want to unlock.
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    4. Click Start conversion, once completed converted ZIP file will be downloaded automatically and you can open it without any password.

    There are several other tools available online, but online conversion always comes with data theft, hacking and leak of data. So it’s not recommended to use online tools for our private or sensitive data. Note: The notepad and CMD methods are having very less success rate.

    If you have any other query feel free to contact us by commenting below.

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