Password Recovery, System Security & Forensic Software


Advanced Office Password Recovery

Gain Access to Password-Protected Documents

Advanced Office Password Recovery unlocks documents created with all versions of Microsoft Office from the ancient 2.0 to the modern 2019, and supports documents in OpenDocument and Hangul Office formats. The tool can recover passwords for Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Project, Money, PowerPoint, Visio, Publisher and OneNote, all OpenOffice applications, and all applications comprising the Hangul Office suite.

Features and Benefits

  • Supports all versions of Microsoft Office applications from 2.0 to 2019
  • Supports OpenDocument format used in OpenOffice and many other applications
  • Supports Hangul Office documents
  • Supports Apple iWork documents (versions 2009 and 2013/2014)
  • Instant password recovery for multiple products
  • Instantly unlocks documents with previously recovered passwords
  • Exploits all known backdoors and tricks in the Office family for instant recovery
  • Completely automatic preliminary attack may recover documents in less than 10 minutes
  • Dictionary and brute-force attacks with user-defined masks and advanced templates
  • Hardware acceleration (patented) reduces password recovery time by a factor of 50
  • Patented GPU acceleration technology with NVIDIA or AMD video cards
  • Hardware acceleration with built-in Intel HD graphics (Microsoft Office documents) thanks to SPIR engine
  • Allows up to 64 CPUs or CPU cores and up to 8 GPUs
  • Highly optimized low-level code for optimum performance

Automatic Password Removal

Even if your documents don’t fall into the instant recovery category, their protection may be removed automatically in less than 10 minutes. Just click ‘Open’, and Advanced Office Password will quickly perform all the steps to speed up the recovery, and to unlock your documents completely automatically. Advanced Office Password Recovery performs a preliminary attack on the password, attempting to unlock the document with commonly used passwords and passwords based on dictionary words. Your document may be recovered without any extra effort in just a few minutes!

Targeting Human Psychology

With latest versions of popular office suites such as Microsoft Office 2019 implementing the strongest security, brute force attacks become painfully slow and ineffective even in GPU-accelerated environments. The limited recovery speed of Microsoft Office 2019 passwords required the use of a smarter approach than brute force or simple dictionary attacks.

With truly random passwords now taking near infinite time to recover, Advanced Office Password Recovery employs a social engineering approach and implements smart attacks targeting human psychology.

Elcomsoft Advanced Office Password Recovery makes use of every bit of information you know about a password. Just specifying your company security policy can increase the speed of the attack tenfold. Remember how many characters your password had, or that it was certainly longer than a certain length? Sure your password had numbers or letters, or both? Maybe you can recollect the first or the last character, or remember whether it was a letter or a number? Every little bit of extra information helps to speed up the recovery.

Baster Attacks with GPU Acceleration

Microsoft has strengthened password protection in Office 2007, further improving its strength in Office 2013. OpenDocument and Hangul Office formats are equally strong. With computation-intensive encryption used in latest versions of Microsoft Office, password recovery tools relying solely on computer’s CPU are no longer able to provide reasonable recovery times.

To further boost the recovery speed, Elcomsoft enables support for multiple video cards and simultaneous operation of all CPU and GPU cores. All or some CPU/GPU cores can be designated to the password recovery task, enabling maximum performance or allowing for nonintrusive background processing. The latest generation of [ElcomSoft GPU acceleration technology][gpu] supports unlimited numbers of AMD or NVIDIA boards including the latest generation of high-performance accelerators.

Note for Hangul Office users: GPU acceleration is available for Hangul Office spreadsheet application (Hancell), and is not available for its text processing application (Hanword).

Hancell 2010/2014
AOPR. Microsoft Office 2007
AOPR. Microsoft Office 2013-2016
OpenDocument (AES 256)
MS Office 2010

Instant Access to Password-Protected Documents

Not all passwords are equally strong. Advanced Office Password Recovery provides instant access to many types of password-protected documents, including those created in Microsoft Word and Excel versions 97 and 2000. Later versions of Microsoft Word and Excel save documents and spreadsheets in compatibility mode by default making them available for instant password recovery.

By carefully analyzing the algorithms and implementations of password protection in different versions of Microsoft Office applications, ElcomSoft developed work-around solutions that allow recovering certain kinds of passwords instantly instead of performing lengthy attacks. Advanced Office Password Recovery is well aware of the various methods of password protection, and implements all the tricks that allow you to recover protected documents in a matter of seconds.

Dictionary Attacks

Most passwords used by human beings are based on a single word or a combination of words from a certain language. Before reverting to the brute force attack, Advanced Office Password Recovery performs a full-scaled comprehensive attack based on a dictionary. Use a small built-in dictionary or specify your own dictionaries no matter the language, and Advanced Office Password Recovery will attempt single words and word combinations in different cases and variations.

Advanced Attacks

Elcomsoft Advanced Office Password Recovery is the industry leader implementing highly sophisticated types of attacks. Dictionary attacks are accompanied with mutations that substitute, duplicate or modify password characters in a way used by typical computer users to increase their password strength.

Mask attacks allow putting any knowledge about the password to work. However little is known about the password, every little bit of information helps reduce the number of passwords to try. By specifying the approximate length or structure of the password and entering characters that were used or not used, an expert can reduce the number of passwords to try by a great deal.

Combination attacks allow combining dictionary words from two different dictionaries, automatically adding separators as needed.

Finally, the Hybrid attack enables experts to create extremely flexible rules describing passwords that were likely to be chosen by a particular user. The rules are described in a file in a format compatible with industry-standard password recovery tools.

More information about advanced attacks is available in a Knowledge Base article.

Accelerated Brute Force Attack

If you’re blank about the password, Advanced Office Password Recovery will revert to the last resort: the brute force attack. Thanks to the highly optimized low-level code Advanced Office Password Recovery provides the best-in-class performance for the brute-force password recovery.

Guaranteed Recovery of Word/Excel Documents

If your documents have been saved in Microsoft Word or Excel 97/2000, or if one used Office XP/2013 in default compatibility mode, guaranteed password removal is possible with Advanced Office Password Breaker. The majority of documents are still saved in this format, protected with weak 40-bit encryption Attacking the 40-bit encryption keys is not just significantly faster than trying all possible combinations of letters and numbers, but guarantees the recovery of your documents within a limited period of time. More information: Advanced Office Password Breaker.

Compatibility Chart

- AOPR Home AOPR Standard AOPR Professional
GPU acceleration
Number of CPUs supported 1 4 ALL
Number of GPUs supported - 1 ALL
Microsoft Word (versions: from 2.0 to 2019)
Password to Open
Password to Modify
Document Protection Password
VBA Project Password -
Microsoft Excel (versions: from 3.0 to 2019)
Password to Open
Password to Modify
Workbook Password
Shared Workbook Password
Sheet Passwords
VBA Project Password -
Unlocking XLA Add-In -
Microsoft Access (versions: from 2.0 to 2019)
Password to Open
User and Group Level Passwords - -
Database Owner and Security ID - -
VBA Project Password - -
Microsoft Outlook (versions: from Outlook 97 to Outlook 2019)
Password to Open (PST-Files) -
VBA Project Password -
E-Mail Accounts stored Passwords -
Microsoft Project, Microsoft PowerPoint
Password to Open - -
Password to Modify - -
VBA Project Password - -
Microsoft OneNote
Password to Open - -
Microsoft Money (versions: from 2.0 to Money 2008)
Password to Open - -
Stored MS Passport Passwords - -
Open Document (1.0, 1.1, 1.2)
Word processing - Password to Open -
Spreadsheets - Password to Open -
Presentations - Password to Open -
Graphics/drawing - Password to Open -
Formulae - Password to Open -
Apple iWork (versions 2009 & 2013/2014)
Pages - Password to Open -
Numbers - Password to Open -
Keynote - Password to Open -
Hangul Office (versions 2010 & 2014)
Hanword - Password to Open - -
Hancell - Password to Open - -
Other applications/passwords
Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Publisher (VBA Project) - -
All Applications with VBA ("Backdoor" feature) - -