Short Bytes: Forgetting PDF passwords is something that happens to us all the time. In this article, I’m here with the 5 best free PDF password remover software that will help you instantly. Take a look.
For those who don’t know, a PDF password remover tool is a computer program that is used to remove or bypass the security layers that don’t allow you to open the password protected PDF files.
On the internet, you’ll come across various programs with names PDF password crackers, password recovery tools/software or password reset tools. Don’t worry, all these have different names, but they perform a similar function.
If you search online, you’ll come across plenty of PDF password remover software, but most of them cost you some chunk of money. Here, I’m going to tell you the 5 best and free PDF password remover software that you can use to recover your forgotten password.
Disclaimer: Use these tools to remove the passwords from the files you own and you’ve forgotten their password. Don’t use them for illegal purposes.
I’ll be telling you the benefits and limitations of each tool and which kind of methods these tools employ to break the security of PDF files.:
PDFCrack is my favorite PDF password remover software. It’s a password recovery tool that recovers the forgotten password and helps you to access the hidden content.
It recovers both the user and owner passwords from the password protected files. For those who don’t know, user passwords just restrict the opening of documents and owner passwords put restrictions like printing, changing, copying, comments etc.
This PDF password remover software works fine with PDF files up to version 1.6 protected with 128-bit RC4 encryption. The PDFCrack software deploys brute-force attack to recover the password.
Our rating: 4.5/5
Download here: PDFCrack
2. PDF Password Remover
PDF Password Remover is a simple tool that removes the PDF owner passwords and works with a simple interface.
The PDF Password Remover software works with PDF files up to version 1.7 level 8 files protected with 128-bit RC4 encryption. This tool is easy to use but it doesn’t work with the PDF files with a user password and higher levels of encryption.
Our rating: 4/5
Download here: PDF Password Remover
3. PDF Unlocker
This PDF password remover software is a basic Windows program designed to unlock a file protected with encryption. This tool is helpful if you just want to break the permission security in the PDF, but it doesn’t remove the user password unless you know it.
PDF Unlocker supports and unlocks PDF files up to version 1.7 level 8 with 128-bit AES encryption.
Actually it’s a PDF password recovery tool as it discovers the actual owner password and you can use a brute-force or a dictionary password attack method.
Our rating: 3.5/5
Download here: PDF Unlocker
PDFCrypt is the fifth tool on our free PDF password remover software list. It’s a simple command-line PDF password remover tool that performs the task instantly.
It should be noted that it’s a password remover software and it won’t tell you the user or owner password.
Our rating: 3.5/5
Download here: PDFCrypt
5. PDFMate Free PDF Merger
I’ve included this free PDF password remover software as apart from cracking the passwords, it works as a PDF joiner, PDF combiner and an image to PDF converter.
With this free software, you can delete the unwanted pages and rearrange them in the desired order in high speed and accuracy.
The software also works as a PDF encrypter and offers you the option to protect your PDF files and set a password.
Our rating: 3/5
Download here: PDFMate Free PDF Merger
My Recommendation: I recommend using PDFCrack PDF password remover software as it is 100% free and it performs all the desired functions. However, if you don’t want to download the software and do the job online, FreeMyPDF.com is the ultimate website.
Did you find this list helpful? Which tool do you use for PDF password cracking? Tell us in the comments below.