Top 4 Simple Solutions to Recover Forgotten WinRAR Archive Password

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A RAR file is a file with .rar as a suffix/extension. When it comes to WinRAR program, we all know it's a standard utility for compressing files on Windows platform and often used for online downloads. A key feature on Winrar is that users can compress some important files into a RAR archive and develop a password to protect the RAR file to prevent unauthorized people from accessing it. You may create a new password to protect your Winrar files, but what if one day you forgot WinRAR password. Without the password you will not be able to extract files from the RAR file.

If you are here, I assume you forgot your password for RAR file. It happened to me 3 or 4 times, so, I know how miserable we feel in such a situation. But do not worry. Forgetting WinRAR password is a common issue everyone faces, and even though it is common, it is hard to regain access to the Winrar.

How to Recover Forgotten WinRAR Archive Password

Some make sure that they will be able to secure their compacted files if it's quite private to them. To do so, they set up security passwords with this method to secure the file completely. No one else, except the ones that know the password, can start it up. However, sometimes some of us don't remember the password of WinRAR file, which could cause significant problems. Happily, there are useful applications out there that can help us with this problem. Here are four methods to recover forgotten Winrar archive password:

Method 1:  Guess Forgotten WinRAR Password with Your Frequently-used Ones

Now, this may sound very easy, but it is one of the most effective ways to recover RAR password. There are various techniques you can use to guess the password, and we will list down some strategies that will help to recover the Winrar file password.

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  • Try to enter the most common passwords such as 111111, 123456, password, abcde123, welcome, etc.
  • Use nicknames that you usually use to set up a password in other sites.
  • Guess the names of your close ones that you might set as password.
  • Try your pet name or car name or ID card number.
  • Guess your favorite things such as a favorite movie or favorite book or favorite food and so on.

If any of these techniques don't work then keep on reading and try the next method.

Method 2. Recover Forgotten WinRAR Password Online

Few websites offer to unlock the password of zip files without any cost. In this part, we will discuss a very particular site that helps to reset the password of any RAR file.

Step 1. Go to http://archive.online-convert.com/convert-to-zip and upload the protected zip file.

Step 2. Click on Convert file after selecting the zip file.

Step 3. Immediately the site will upload the file on to their server and re-convert it back to zip format totally clearing the password to the initial zip file.

Step 4. Download the zip file and access it with no password.

Unlock WinRAR Password Online

Cons: We don't recommend using on the online zip file password opening service if your ZIP contains sensitive business or personal information, it's not safe to publish your files onto the website because might copy your data and benefit from it. Another point to look into is if you need to open up lots of ZIP data file security password, it may take quite a long time.

There are many websites available in the world that can attempt to recover the WinRAR password online, but that can take weeks, months or even years if it's a long security password or it uses special figures like $,%,&, etc.

Method 3. Unlock Forgotten WinRAR Archive Password with Notepad/CMD

Notepad is universal and simple tool for everyone. Just input several commands in notepad workplace and run it, you would find RAR password. However, it is only available for numeric RAR password. It is still worth a try if you don't know anything about RAR forgotten password. Please follow the following steps to unlcok forgotten WinRAR password with Notepad:

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1. Input following commands in a new notepad and save it as rar-password.bat.

REM ============================================================
REM errorcode401.blogspot.in
@echo off
title Rar Password Unlocker
mode con: cols=47 lines=20
copy “C:\Program Files\WinRAR\Unrar.exe”
SET PSWD=0
SET DEST=%TEMP%\%RANDOM%
MD %DEST%
:RAR
cls
echo ———————————————-
echo                   GET DETAIL
echo ———————————————-
echo.
SET/P “NAME=Enter File Name  : ”
IF “%NAME%”==”” goto NERROR
goto GPATH
:NERROR
echo ———————————————-
echo                      ERROR
echo ———————————————-
echo Sorry you can't leave it blank.
pause
goto RAR
:GPATH
SET/P “PATH=Enter Full Path : ”
IF “%PATH%”==”” goto PERROR
goto NEXT
:PERROR
echo ———————————————-
echo                      ERROR
echo ———————————————-
echo Sorry you can't leave it blank.
pause
goto RAR
:NEXT
IF EXIST “%PATH%\%NAME%” GOTO START
goto PATH
:PATH
cls
echo ———————————————-
echo                     ERROR
echo ———————————————-
echo Opppss File is not Found..
pause
goto RAR
:START
SET /A PSWD=%PSWD%+1
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
echo  1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
echo  0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo  1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
echo  1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
echo  1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
echo  1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
echo  1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
echo  0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
echo  1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
echo  1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1
echo  0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
echo  0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
UNRAR E -INUL -P%PSWD% “%PATH%\%NAME%” “%DEST%”
IF /I %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 GOTO FINISH
GOTO START
:FINISH
RD %DEST% /Q /S
Del “Unrar.exe”
cls
echo ———————————————-
echo                     UNLCKED
echo ———————————————-
echo.
echo PASSWORD FOUND!
echo FILE  = %NAME%
echo CRACKED PASSWORD = %PSWD%
pause>NUL
exit
REM ============================================================

2. Open the bat file by double clicking it, it will open a command prompt window.

3. Enter RAR file name and press Enter; after entering the file name, type RAR file path.

4. Check RAR file details and get its name and path. Type them in the appropriate location in the opening window.

5. Hit Enter again in the window to locate particular RAR file password.

When you hit Enter, commands in bat file will run to find the password for RAR file you just specifed. Probably instantly, or a period later, you would get RAR file password. But don't be disappointed if you do not get it at all because it only works with numerics.

Method 4. Open Forgotten WinRAR File with A WinRAR Password Recovery Tool

PassFab for RAR is one of the most professional password recovery software provider, which can securely and swiftly open up a password-protected RAR archive file without any data loss. If you can partially remember one of the password information, like security password length, characters, number, and prefix or suffix personality in your security password, then Mask Attack would be the best option to get rid of your RAR security password.

Download the software and try to remove password protected RAR archive all by yourself. The reason why we preferPassFab for RAR over other tools and methods is that it is comfortable, fast, and safe; it never damages your original RAR data.

Step 1: Install PassFab for RAR tool in your personal computer. You can download it from:

Step 2: Run it. Click on the "Add" button to import your password forgotten RAR/WinRAR file.

import rar file

Step 3: Choose one of the password attack types.

dictionary attack

Step 4: Click on "Start" button to start the RAR password recovery operation.

recover

Step 5: When the password is recovery is done. It is displayed on your screen. Click on Copy and then paste it to open your password protected RAR file.

Conclusion

All these methods described in this article are easy to use. Before starting this program, I think and assume that you can recall the approximate length and what letters were not in. However, if you do not remember anything, it's fine. PassFab for RAR is a powerful RAR Password Recovery tool that helps you to recover your RAR  password quickly when you forget WinRAR password. The load of the information on the file determines how long it will take.

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