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Passware Kit Basic

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Editors' Rating:
Very good
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out of 1 votes out of 0 votes

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  • Date Added:
    May 22, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try; $49.00 to buy
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Editors' Review


It's a sickening feeling when you realize you've forgotten an important password, especially when it's a password for something that doesn't have a password recovery feature. Passware Kit is a powerful program that can help recover unknown passwords, but it comes at a price, both in terms of money and time.

The program's interface is sleek and attractive, with its major features displayed on a home screen. Users can choose to recover a file password, recover Internet and network passwords, reset the Windows administrator password, or search the computer for protected files. We tried the program with several types of Microsoft Office documents, and it worked fine, as far as we could tell. Short, easy passwords were recovered quickly, but passwords that were a mix of numbers and letters exceeded the maximum search time of one minute for the trial version of the software; the last recovery we tried was estimated to take five days. This isn't necessarily a bad thing--the program uses several different methods to recover passwords, and they're quite thorough--but be aware that password recovery probably won't be instantaneous. We didn't have much luck recovering passwords from Web sites or our network, and the program's Help file didn't go into much detail about the various features. Overall, Passware Kit has potential, but users will want to carefully evaluate the trial version before deciding to purchase.

Passware Kit is free to try. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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5 stars

"Beats all other recovery programs, hands down!"

June 09, 2011  |  By gbarker123

2011-06-09 07:24:13  |  By gbarker123

 |  Version: Passware Kit Basic 10.5.3139


Easy interface, fast fast fast recovery of Office Program passwords.


None I can think of. The $50 price is a good value considering the lost time saved.


I don't know how it works, but this program unlocks files where others must use the brute force method. It took me seconds on a Word file, while another was 24 hrs into it with no hope of recovery anytime soon (It turned out the password was 12 characters).

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Full Specifications

Publisher Passware
Publisher web site
Release Date May 22, 2013
Date Added May 22, 2013
Version 12.5.6710
Category Security Software
Subcategory Password Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 28.87MB
File Name passware-kit-basic-demo_1.msi
Total Downloads 17,507
Downloads Last Week 27
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49

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