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PDF Password Recovery

  • PDF Password by is a feature-rich tool for PDF decryption, password recovery and unprotection (access restrictions removal).
  • It works with pdf's from all Acrobat versions.
  • All encryption methods are supported: 40 - 128 bit RC4, 128 - 256 bit AES, ...

PDF Password Recovery Features:

  • .pdf files without password to open can be instantly saved with restrictions cleared.
  • .pdf files with user password and 40bit encryption can be decrypted with guarantee. more info
  • Several attacks can be configured and queued for pdf files with 128-256 bit encryption: more info
  • "Save passwords to a file" option to verify search settings or to generate a new wordlist, etc.
  • Highly optimized code (SSE, AVX, AES-NI) guarantees fastest performance. recovery speed
  • Supports up to 64 simultaneous processing threads (multi-CPU, multi-GPU).
  • Utilizes NVIDIA and AMD GPUs with a high-performance methods.
  • Audio, script or web address based post-search notification.
  • All types of encryption are supported.
  • Windows 7 - Windows 10.

Program Screenshots:

PDF Password logo PDF Password Recovery Dialog Password recovery attacks

Additional Details:

No password to open (view) or password is known:
Acrobat 3.0 - Acrobat DC:
PDF file saved with "owner" password protection can have access restrictions also known as permissions (e.g. no printing, no editing, no coping, etc.), but can be opened without "user" password. These files can be unprotected (saved with all restrictions removed) instantly. If "user" password is set, but known you can enter it into PDF Password and save unprotected file as well.

Password to open is set and unknown:
Acrobat 3.0:
Files protected with 40 bit RC4 encryption (Acrobat 3.0) can be decrypted with guarantee by recovering the encryption key used. Encryption key recovery can take up to several days on slow PC, but with multi-threaded highly optimized code and GPU acceleration encryption key can be recovered in several hours. Please check the time table below for a guideline.
Yet another option is to use "file signature" string available in PDF Password log. We can calculate your file 40bit encryption key in minutes from the "file signature" with the set of pre-calculated tables for a small per file fee. Please contact us for details.

Acrobat 5.0 - Acrobat 7.0:
The most common protection used right now is 128bit RC4 or AES encryption (Acrobat 5.0 - Acrobat 7.0). There is no way to recover encryption key with guarantee unfortunately, so exhaustive password search is required and PDF Password provide you with the set of configurable attacks (dictionary, brute-force, mixed). PDF Password is equipped with highly optimized low-level code and GPU acceleration is available to raise password recovery speed. You can check recovery speed in the table below and you will see it is not just higher than most other tools, but way higher.

Acrobat 9.0
AES 256bit encryption was introduced in Acrobat 9.0 but the password verification method was discontinued in Acrobat X. Exhaustive password search is required, but recovery speed is millions of passwords per second. Actual data is available in the table below.

Acrobat X - Acrobat DC:
Acrobat X-DC uses AES 256bit encryption with the very complex password verification algorithm based on SHA256, SHA384, SHA512 and AES128. Exhaustive password search is required and recovery speed is limited, but we spend a lot of time to optimize PDF Password code and you will find recovery speed to be the fastest available.

Recovery time for 40bit encryption key:

The following tables are just an example with the common laptop, desktop and server CPUs and GPUs:
(maximum time necessary to check all possible "encryption keys", but a real key search for most files is faster)

Intel® Core™2 Duo
T7500 @ 2.20GHz
Intel® Core™ i3
2100 @ 3.10GHz
Intel® Core™ i7
2600 @ 3.40GHz
2 x Intel® Xeon®
X5570 @ 2.93GHz
2 x Intel® Xeon®
E5-2670 @ 2.60GHz
~2.5 days ~1.5 days ~17 hours ~10 hours ~5 hours
Intel® i3 2100 @ 3.10GHz +
AMD Radeon™ HD 6770
(~ equivalent gtx 550 ti)
Intel® i3 2100 @ 3.10GHz +
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 470
(~ equivalent HD 5850)
Intel® i3 4130 @ 3.40GHz +
AMD Radeon™ R9 270
~14 hours ~11 hours ~9 hours

Average password recovery speed for 128-256bit encryption:

The following tables are based on several tests with the common laptop, desktops and server CPUs and GPUs:

Acrobat 5.0 - 7.0:
Acrobat 9.0:
Acrobat X, XI, DC:
Intel® Core™2 Duo
T7500 @ 2.20GHz
Intel® Atom™
Z3740 @ 1.33GHz
Intel® Core™ i3
2100 @ 3.10GHz
Intel® Core™ i7
2600 @ 3.40GHz
2 x Intel® Xeon®
E5-2670 @ 2.60GHz
~172 000 pass/s ~200 000 pass/s ~350 000 pass/s ~750 000 pass/s ~2 400 000 pass/s
> 6 millions p/s > 8 millions p/s > 12 millions p/s > 20 millions p/s > 75 millions p/s
~380 pass/s ~480 pass/s ~780 pass/s ~2 200 pass/s ~6 700 pass/s
Acrobat 5.0 - 7.0:
GeForce® GT 640
AMD Radeon™
HD 6770
AMD Radeon™
R9 270
NVIDIA® GeForce®
GTX 470
+ 270 000 pass/s + 765 000 pass/s + 875 000 pass/s + 1 175 000 pass/s

GPU performance is somewhat variable with number of factors including GPU/CPU combination and even driver version. Please contact us if your recovery speed is noticeable different from the data above.

Trial Version Limitations:

Trial version allows you to setup and test run any password search for up to 15 min per set as well as search for file encryption key. Unprotected files can be saved from registered version only.

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