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I have an old Word 2007 document that I don't remember the password for. I'm guessing a brute force attack is the way to go to get it open. Anyone know of any free tools I can use to do this?

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This kind of defeats the purpose of password protection. How do we know you're entitled to see what's in the document? –  pavium Dec 31 '09 at 7:02

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If the file is saved in *.docx format, I believe it uses strong encryption that you would need to dictionary or brute force attack.

A search on the internet will show many software companies. I don't know of any free ones. If you do a lot of searches you sell see two or three names pop-up over and over. There are also online services, if you want to pay and trust them with the contents of your document.

I too learned the hard way and started using Keepass not only for website passwords, but document passwords as well. I know it won't help now, but maybe it will save you in the future.

Good luck.

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