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need to crack microsoft word password to open document..

an employee of ours was asked to leave about a year ago. he left a microsoft word document on his computer that is password protected. my boss would like to be able to view this document, how can i break into it? i know i could purchase software that will do it but i want a way that is free.
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Gareth GudgerCommented:
Hmm...
http://www.lostpassword.com/
Passware offers a whole suite for $355 which works well.

I know you can buy just the Word module though for $45.
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msiceCommented:
I use this http://www.crackpassword.com/products/prs/msoffice/word/downloads.php the free version has a limit on password length but if the user used a short password than you are good to go. Software works great by the way...
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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
try these guys... never failed me yet...
Elcomsoft.com
-rich
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cgedw84Author Commented:
i appreciate all the comments guys, but is there anyway that this can be done without purchasing any software?? thanks
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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
not quickly... I also don't know of any free service for password cracking... you may be able to find a PlainText copy on your HD still, look for the temporary word file with a "undelete" utility... (dskprobe.exe http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301423)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q211/6/32.ASP&NoWebContent=1

There are lot's of undelete file recoveries out there (at least trial software that could help) If the file wasn't created on your PC- your going to have to pay$$ as far as I know.
-rich
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msiceCommented:
Did you try the free trial version above on my post? I have had success with it in the past usually users keep the password simple and at least you will see the first 4 letters of the password - you might figure it out from there.
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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
So you found an old copy on theHD? It's typically overlooked... but usually produces results for my clients. I do love some good `ol password cracking... but the simplest answer is usually the right one.
-rich
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cgedw84Author Commented:
actually no it wasn't on the hard drive, but all the trial versions i tried didn't crack the password. but the reason i gave you the points rich was bc your advice was the most useful. since i don't want to pay money and according you there is no other way without paying, this is a moot point. :)
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Secured_FundingCommented:
Word Password recovery cost only $45.  You don't have to buy suite version.

http://www.lostpassword.com/word.htm

Good luck.
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