You can password protect your ZIP files to prevent suspicious intrusions. This helps in a situation where there are multiple users of your computer system but what happens when you forget the password and cannot access data containing in it? Or you download a file from internet, and it is password protected. We are here to guide you through this situation. There are multiple methods to unlock zip file. Here we will be introducing methods with high success rate.

Method 1: Unlock ZIP File with ZIP Password Unlocker

If you don't have time to try multiple methods for 100% success, then it is highly recommended for you to use PassFab for ZIP without any second thought. This ZIP file password unlocker recovers password for all kind of encrypted ZIP files without damaging data. Its decryption technique is so vast that it can decrypt AES algorithm protected file as well. It uses 3 different efficient procedures to recover your ZIP file password:

  • Brute-force Attack: Try all possible combinations, which takes more time.
  • Brute-force with Mask Attack: Customize numbers, symbols, characters, etc.
  • Dictionary Attack: Quickly find the password from inbuilt or customized dictionary.

Video Tutorial: How to Use PassFab for ZIP Unlocker

  • Download and install PassFab for ZIP from its official site.
  • Launch the program. Click on the ‘Add’ button and browse your ZIP file.

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  • Now select the appropriate attack type from the options available.

    a. Choose ‘Brute Force Attack’ if you can’t remember a single word of your password. It will try all possible combination of password.

    b. Choose ‘Brute Force with Mass Attack' if you have some clue about your password. It will pop multiple options. Select that are relevant to your lost password and click ‘OK'.

    c. Choose ‘Dictionary Attack’ if you have password dictionary with you. This will frequently recover your lost password. Add the dictionary and click ‘OK’.

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  • Now click the Start button. Once the password is recovered, you will be displayed the password.

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Method 2. Unlock ZIP File Password Online without Password

There are multiple online websites that offers free ZIP file decryption facility. Online services always come with powerful computing resources to makes use of distributed virtual private servers across different locations. The interface of online ZIP decrypting sites are straightforward.

Navigate to the site and it will ask about your encrypted ZIP file. Browse that file. Sometimes you will be asked to enter your email address to receive password through email. Then click proceed. You will be notified if the password is recovered. But this method is not recommended because your data might be sensitive and it is not safe to upload these files on public sites.

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Method 3. ZIP File Password Unlock with Notepad without Software

You can also unlock your password protected ZIP file with notepad. This is the easiest and little bit complex method to unlock your password protected ZIP file. This method works by using a batch file system. If you are unaware of basic things, this method might seems to be hard for you. If you are good with that, here is complete guide for this method:

  • Open your ZIP file with notepad by right clicking on ZIP file and then clicking “Open with”. After that choose Notepad from the given program list.

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  • A complex code will appear in front of you. Press “Ctrl+F” and find “Ûtà” and replace it with “5³tà’.

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  • After saving the file exit from notepad and open your password protected file without any password.

Method 4. Guess Your Correct ZIP Password (Free)

ZIP file is widely used extension to archive different files for storage or transmission purpose. It is the most convenient way to reduce the size of your files by compressing it into one ZIP file. Mostly, 7ZIP or WinZip free software are used to access or archive these files. Along with compression zip files also comes with high security and privacy.

To guess your zip password might sound very simple method but most of the time we don’t consider this as an option. This should be your first option while recovering any password. There are series of pattern that people use to set password. Here take a look at some of them:

  • Most common password used for protecting ZIP file are 111111, 123456, a1b2c3d4, welcome and so on. Try the most common you can use to protect your file.
  • Often nickname of your child, spouse, mother, father or your childhood name can be used as password.
  • Try to use the pet or your first car name or you high school best friend name.
  • Try to enter the name of your favorite things like food, book, movie, song, singer, actor etc.

You can go on with many attempts as there is no restriction for attempting different passwords. If none of them works go on with some other methods mentioned above.

Bottom Line

So next time you meet someone with encrypted ZIP file you can guide him or her to unlock ZIP file procedures. There are multiple other third-party software available that might claim to recover your ZIP file password but PassFab for ZIP is tested and recommended by us. It keeps your privacy and data safe from foreign intrusions. Use PassFab for ZIP and you won't be disappointed.