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Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard

CNET Editors' review

If you've forgotten a simple password for a Word or Excel file, this free utility is a good way to recover it. Compared to full-fledged password crackers, Free Word Excel Password Wizard offers a very limited set of attacks. However, the free demos of fuller-featured programs typically let you recover passwords of only one or two characters--in other words, they're useless for any practical purpose. The developers of this program acknowledge it's only useful for short, simple passwords (for instance, English words) of up to eight characters, but it does a decent job cracking those. You can choose character sets and dictionary files, and in our tests the program discovered the password lover in a few seconds. Give it a shot before moving on to more powerful remedies.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.0 stars

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current version:

    2.6 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free tool for simple passwords"

    February 16, 2014  |   By hkorn

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    Tool took 10 seconds to "crack" a simple password I had created for a Word doc about 10 years ago. Easy to use. Thank You to the Developer for this great tool.

    Cons

    Not sure if it can handle more complex passwords.

    Summary

    Smart to try this first as free, simple tool before spending $ on other software like this.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "TRIAL WORKED FOR ME."

    January 26, 2014  |   By MEGATEK1

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    Worked just as advertised.

    Cons

    None that I found

    Summary

    As another reviewer stated insure you choose "Custom" to avoid the unwanted add-ons.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It didn't work"

    December 22, 2013  |   By Arenao

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    I try to download and install it to my computer and hope it can recover my Word 2010 document password, but it didn't work.

    Cons

    Very slow to recover my password

    Summary

    It didn't work for me, so i have to search another tool from Google, finally I use the SmartKey Office Password Recovery from http://www.recoverlostpassword.com/products/officepasswordrecovery.html

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works fine, for short passwords"

    November 1, 2013  |   By spacel

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    Solves up to 4 character passwords.

    Cons

    Lots of addons in toolbars, not good with long excel passwords. there are many other softwares which don't count this as a problem like here:

    http://www.squidoo.com/recoverexcel

    Summary

    Not really applicable, since most passwords are longe

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Got more than I asked for! BEWARE!!"

    July 13, 2013  |   By nobodycan7

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    I learned something: that not all of the CNET downloads are free of unwanted extras.

    Cons

    Gave me a bunch of malware and changed my toolbar, both of which I had declined when installing. Huh? How did that happen? Pain in the butt to totally remove. I HOPE it's all gone.

    Plus it does not work for Word 2007 or 2010. It just sends you to a link where you can buy a more powerful program to get around a forgotten password.

    Bait and switch, plus malware? NO THANKS!

    Summary

    A huge waste of time if you are hoping to get some help with later versions of Word.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not what i was looking for."

    May 14, 2013  |   By reginamhord

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    not what i was looking for.

    Cons

    not what i was looking for.

    Summary

    not what i was looking for.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "simple and easy"

    April 11, 2013  |   By pvdm01

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    installation strait foreward and quick (However use custome installation to prevent unwanted toolbar)

    Cons

    I did not fins anything wrong

    Summary

    Very easy an quick . the interface is very user friendly
    You can opt for number or letter passwords to try (or both)
    it took 20 sec to "unlock" my Excell file

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Quits working mid-process to sell premium product."

    April 3, 2013  |   By vernes1978

    Version: Free Word Excel and Password Recovery Wizard 2.1.12

    Pros

    Up to 4 and a half character it will work
    Applies Small dictionary list fast

    Cons

    Pretends to allow you to find your password but halts the process in the middle to tell you you better buy the premium product instead.

    Summary

    Piece of crap product that lacks the decency to tell the truth about it's test version.

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