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Anybody know how to crack the Winrar password without using any software. I forgot my password which is having more than 7 characters and have special symbols. So if I use any of the software it will take more time to get the password?

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closed as not a real question by Linker3000, tombull89, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, ChrisF, 8088 Nov 24 '11 at 2:01

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If there was a way to easily retrieve a password there would be no sense in setting it. –  Matteo Nov 23 '11 at 8:04
    
"forgot". yeah. right. How do you think it is possible without any software, apart from use a pen and paper to write down all the passwords you can remember and try them. –  tombull89 Nov 23 '11 at 8:47
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I really don't understand the downvotes. It's a new user, should we come off as this unhelpful? There's just one answer: "It's not possible". –  slhck Nov 23 '11 at 9:16
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@Linker3000 why did u editted my question?? i never want to crack windows password :-X my qstn was regarding WINRAR ... and why you people behaving like this ? I dosent know much more about all these and thats why people like me are postin in such sites and you people are laughing oon our ignorance.. its too shame .. just think for a moment what you people are doing and then respond.. please –  raki Nov 23 '11 at 9:45
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It wasn't @Linker3000, It was me. It was a mistake by me which resulted in WinRar -> Windows substitution, have reverted my edit. –  Sathya Nov 23 '11 at 9:49

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I do not know how cryptographically secure WinRAR is.

A really secure algorithm can only be cracked by brute force.

OTOH, I have read some time that zip files only have weak protection and are easy to crack. (Not sure about that.)

So you won't be able to cope without a program, which will need about 70 ^ 7 = 8E12 (8 trillion) tries, if you include letters, digits and special characters.

I am sure that there are programs you can give a hint which places in the password are known (if you can remember some of them) - that wil dramatically reduce the time.


EDIT: As you have more than 7 characters, it is even much more than 8E12, alas.

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