How to Bypass Winzip Passwords

by Christopher Hanson
Strong passwords take impossible periods of time to crack.

Strong passwords take impossible periods of time to crack.

WinZip passwords can only be recovered through password cracking tools. There are several options available for this process. The time taken by these programs depends on the type of password that was used. Depending on the length of the password and the character set, the process can take anywhere from minutes to days to years to centuries. If it is known that the password is an English word, the dictionary based attack can crack the password quickly. The stronger a password, the longer it will take to crack.

Bypass a WinZip Password with Zip Password

Download and install any of the Zip password recovery utilities (see Resources).

Launch Zip Password. Double click the Zip password logo on the desktop or search the "All Programs" menu for "Zip Password."

Click the attack type. If the password is known to be an English word, select "Dictionary attack." If the password type is unknown, use the "Brute Force Attack."

Browse to the locked Zip file. After clicking the attack type a locater dialog will appear. Browse to the file and click "Open."

Leave the application running until the password is found or the time spent on the operation has surpassed your personal limits.

About the Author

Chris Hanson started writing music, lyrics, and poetry in 2001 and began writing fiction and nonfiction professionally in 2006. Hanson was first published in the "Grand Forks Herald" in 2004. Hanson is an experienced Web programmer with experience with several operating systems and Web protocols. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology at the University of Minnesota in just three years.

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