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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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.