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Hi, is there a reliable free PDF to word converter that does not have malware.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Hi Carlos,

For PDF-to-Word, I've had good (not perfect) results with this free online tool:
http://www.pdftoword.com/

If you prefer a local install, I've also had good (also not perfect) results with this free tool:
http://www.boxoft.com/pdf-to-word/

You may get better results with non-free products. I've gotten better (but still not perfect) results with Nuance's Power PDF (comes in both Standard and Advanced editions):
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm

There's a free trial for the Advanced edition (but not Standard) so you can see how well it works for you before buying it:
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/imaging-solutions/document-conversion/power-pdf-converter/free-trial/index.htm

Also, Nuance's PaperPort can scan directly to Word and can convert PDF to Word, but it is not free (and, like everything, does not produce perfect results).

Another good (non-free) product is Able2Extract PDF Converter:
http://www.investintech.com/prod_downloadsa2e.htm

It also offers a free trial.

The first link in this post is to the (free) Nitro cloud. Nitro is a well-known name in PDF tools and their Nitro Pro has a PDF-to-Word feature:
http://www.nitropdf.com/pro/features/convert-export

There's also a free trial for this, but I've never used it, so can't vouch for its performance. However, it uses the same engine as the online tool, which I have used and is very good, so I would expect the same of Nitro Pro.

One more non-free product (but reasonably priced at $39) is CAD-KAS's PDF-to-Word:
http://www.cadkas.com/downengpdf9.php

I haven't used this product, but I have used their PDF Editor Objects, which is excellent. Based on the quality of PDF Editor Objects, I think that their PDF-to-Word is worth a try, and there's a free trial:
http://www.cadkas.com/pdf2word!.exe

It probably goes without saying, but Adobe Acrobat can do it — both Standard and Professional (but not Reader). As with everything, results aren't perfect.

I've been on previous threads here at EE where other experts have recommended these three (free) online tools:
http://www.convertpdftoword.org
http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter
http://www.wondershare.net/pdf-converter/pdf-to-word-converter.html

I can't personally vouch for these, but based on the positive comments from other members, I'm passing them along for your consideration.

No matter which way you go, keep in mind that PDF-to-Word conversion is tricky business – maintaining the formatting/layout is tough stuff! I haven't found anything that is perfect, and results vary from one document to the next. So my suggestion is to put some, or all, of these products on your short list for evaluation. Define a few test docs – your docs! Compare the resulting Word files to see which, if any, of the tools produces Word files that are satisfactory. Regards, Joe
just saying, as a longtime Word user,

sometimes, you can find Scan to Word software that does a decent job. better formatting but creates multiple text boxes in the converted doc file...

you need a scanner & the corresponding software installed
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Yes. I have done this for infrequent use (as per my post earlier as well). And then again for infrequent use, try the Online Approach.
No. All free tools contain malware. Only ever use paid software. That never contains any malware.
 
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Joe WinogradDeveloper
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All free tools contain malware.
Not true. There are many free tools that do not contain malware.
Only ever use paid software.
I disagree. Lots of free software out there that is excellent and perfectly fine to use (and without malware). Not a day goes by that I don't use some combination of 7-Zip, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, AutoHotkey, Chrome, Classic Shell, Firefox, Foxit Reader, GIMP, NirSoft utilities, Opera, PDF-XChange Editor, TrID, Vivaldi, VLC, Xpdf utilities — and the list goes on and on.
That never contains any malware.
Not true. Malware has been known to get into paid software. Regards, Joe
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have you tried opening the pdf in word and then saving as a .docx?
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Not true. Malware has been known to get into paid software.
I have to endorse that comment - I've purchased software that contained Malware myself in the past and had to revoke payment with my bank after vendor refused a refund. It's rare, but it DOES happen.

FREE does NOT always = bad or worse. I've used free PDF printing software that produced better results than the expensive genuine Adobe Acrobat X Professional software I purchased, and that includes conversions from PDF to Word. I'd suggest never writing off the value of some software just because it's free.

7-Zip is an excellent example of Free software that I use in preference to the Genuine Winzip Professional which I just upgraded to v23.0 (64-bit) and that I pay to keep current - yet 7-Zip works faster and can often do a better job of compression than Winzip Pro often does.

Just saying...

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Many thanks to all.  Looks lik I've got my work cut out for me.  Will experiment with most of these to see which one works for me.
Thanks again.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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You're welcome, Carlos...experimentation is the way to go! Regards, Joe

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