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OneNote Password Recovery

  • OneNote Password by is a feature-rich and highly-optimized password recovery tool for MS OneNote notebooks and sections ('*.one' files).
  • It works with files from all versions including the latest OneNote 2016 and OneNote App (v17).
  • OneNote Password can also be used to search for OneNote Sections (stored as '.one' files).
  • You may also check Password Search FAQ.

OneNote Password Recovery Features:

  • OneNote Section (.one) files search.
  • Several attacks can be configured and queued:info
  • "Save passwords to a file" option to verify search settings or to generate a new wordlist, etc.
  • Highly optimized code (SSE, AVX, AVX2, AVX-512) guarantees best
  • Utilizes NVIDIA and AMD Graphics processing units with a high-performance methods.
  • Utilizes Intel HD Graphics GPUs as well.Intel GPU support
  • Supports up to 64 simultaneous processing threads (multi-CPU, multi-GPU).
  • Audio, script or web address based post-search notification.
  • All MS OneNote versions are supported.
  • Windows 7 - Windows 10.

Program Screenshots:

OneNote Notebooks and Sections:

A OneNote Notebook is stored as a folder of "section" files that have the .one extension. Any section can be password protected independently. Protected section file contains encrypted pages data and password verification values, thus only section .one file is required to start password recovery. Local files are easy to locate with OneNote Password build-in search feature and notebooks stored in OneDrive have to be downloaded first. There is no option to download specific section or notebook as shown on the screenshots below but folder content can be downloaded in full as a .zip archive to find inside all notebooks folders and sections .one files.

OneNote sections in OneDrive

Section "Password to Unlock":

Methods used in "password to open" protection of MS OneNote 2003 - 2016 and OneNote App sections are based on strong hashing and encryption algorithms (SHA-1, SHA-512, AES) and password recovery or decryption cannot be guaranteed in a fixed timeframe. Encryption methods used in OneNote 2003 allow faster recovery speed, but exhaustive password search is still required.
In order to recover these types of passwords, candidates have to be created based on dictionary, sequentially with a charset and length selected or as a combination of dictionary, sequential (brute-force) and fixed parts. OneNote Password allows you to set several attacks in a queue, split password in parts and set each part independently for precise search range setup. Additional modifications are available including unique keyboard layouts-aware recovery technique, char replacements (e.g. L or l with 1), etc.

Password Recovery Speed:

We did our best to enhance this tool performance as well as the recovery speed with some advanced methods and it found to be the fastest tool for MS OneNote password recovery. Password recovery speed for a very common hardware is available below to back this statement up.

OneNote 2003:
Intel® Core™2 Duo
T7500 @ 2.20GHz
Intel® Core™ i3
2100 @ 3.10GHz
Intel® Core™ i7
2600 @ 3.40GHz
Intel® Core™ i3
4130 @ 3.40GHz
~630 000 pass/s ~1 350 000 pass/s ~2 900 000 pass/s ~1 700 000 pass/s

OneNote 2007 - 2019:
The final password recovery speed is equal to CPUspeed + GPU(1)speed + ... + GPU(N)speed.
For example (OneNote 2007): Intel i3 + Intel HD 4400 GPU + NVIDIA GT 640 = 2 100 + 820 + 5 700 = ~8 600 p/s (passwords per second).

Instructions Set:
OneNote 2007:
OneNote 2010:
2013 and later:
Intel® Core™2 Duo
T7500 @ 2.20GHz
Intel® Core™ i3
2100 @ 3.10GHz
Intel® Core™ i3
4130 @ 3.40GHz
Amazon EC2 "c5.large"
Xeon® Platinum core
~470 p/s ~940 p/s ~2 100 p/s ~2 500 p/s
~230 p/s ~475 p/s ~1 050 p/s ~1 200 p/s
~30 p/s ~60 p/s ~135 p/s ~210 p/s

Integrated GPUs
Modern integrated GPUs (like Intel HD and Iris Graphics) can be used for password recovery acceleration. Integrated GPUs are not as powerful as dedicated (discrete) devices and often overlooked but can add up to 30% to CPU performance.

Discrete GPUs
Compute units or stream multiprocessors (CU, SM, SMX, SMM) are the main building blocks of GPU calculation power, thus 32xCU GPU card is almost 2 times faster than 16xCU GPU card of the same family and architecture running on the same frequency.

For cards with compute capability sm_35 (Kepler 2.0) and above (Maxwell, Pascal, Volta) you can expect approximately 2400 p/s per every SM running at 1000Mhz for OneNote 2007, 1200 p/s for OneNote 2010 and 160 p/s per SM for OneNote 2013 and later. Test results below are shown to be very close to this estimation.

OneNote 2007:
OneNote 2010:
2013 and later:
GTX 470 (sm_20)
14xSM, 625 MHz
GT 640 (sm_35)
2xSMX, 1046 MHz
Tesla K80 (sm_37)
2x13xSMX, 876 MHz
Tesla V100 (sm_70)
80xSM, 1246 Mhz
+ 10 300 p/s + 5 600 p/s + 54 000 p/s + 240 000 p/s
+ 5 200 p/s + 2 850 p/s + 27 000 p/s + 120 000 p/s
+ 710 p/s + 340 p/s + 3 300 p/s + 18 000 p/s

AMD GPUs are very "password recovery friendly" and consistent with architecture change from VLIW5 to VLIW4 and now to GCN. You can expect approximately 1500 p/s per every CU running at 1000Mhz for OneNote 2007, 750 p/s for OneNote 2010 and 130 p/s per CU for OneNote 2013 and later.

OneNote 2007:
OneNote 2010:
2013 and later:
HD 6770
10xCU, 850 Mhz
R9 270
20xCU, 925 MHz
RX 480
36xCU, 1266 MHz
+ 15 500 p/s + 27 000 p/s + 74 000 p/s
+ 7 800 p/s + 13 800 p/s + 37 000 p/s
+ 760 p/s + 2 400 p/s + 6 400 p/s

It is important to mention that AMD and NVIDIA architectures are quite different and although AMD per CU performance is lower, there are more CUs per card in a similar price range. Moreover GPU performance is somewhat variable with number of factors including GPU/CPU combination and even a driver version. Please contact us if your recovery speed is noticeably different from the data above.

Trial Version Limitations:

Trial version can be used to check format and hardware compatibility. It allows you to setup and test run any password search for up to 15 min per run. Recovered passwords are hidden behind the asterisks.

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