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 Office 2.0 to latest builds of Office 365, and supports documents in WordPerfect Office, Lotus SmartSuite, OpenDocument and Hangul Office formats. The tool can recover passwords for Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Project, Money, PowerPoint, Visio, Publisher and OneNote.

Special attention is paid to Microsoft Word .doc and Microsoft Excel .xls documents. For such files, the recovery is often possible within guaranteed timeframe. The Professional edition comes with a set of patented Thunder Tables, which allows decrypting legacy .doc and .xls files by targeting the encryption key instead of the original password.

Features and Benefits: Modern Formats

  • Supports all versions of Microsoft Office from 2.0 to Office 365
  • Supports OpenDocument format used in OpenOffice and many other applications
  • Supports MyOffice, Hangul Office/Hancell Office documents
  • Supports Apple iWork documents (versions 2009 through 2020)
  • Instant password recovery for multiple products
  • Instantly unlocks documents with previously recovered passwords
  • Preconfigured preliminary attack
  • Dictionary and brute-force attacks with user-defined masks and advanced templates
  • 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
  • Supports up to 64 dedicated CPUs or CPU cores and up to 8 GPUs
  • Highly optimized low-level code for optimum performance

Features and Benefits: Legacy Documents

  • Guaranteed-timeframe recovery for legacy .doc/.xls documents
  • Targeting 40-bit encryption keys instead of the password
  • Supports Microsoft Office Word and Excel 97 and 2000
  • Supports Microsoft Office XP and 2003 documents saved in "compatibility mode"
  • Unlocks 100% of Word documents in less than a minute with Thunder Tables®
  • Unlocks 97% of Excel documents in several minutes with Rainbow Tables
  • Guaranteed timeframe recovery for WordPerfect Office documents
  • Instant unlock for Lotus SmartSuite documents
  • Fully automatic operation

Targeting the Human Factor

With latest versions of popular office suites such as Microsoft Office 2019 implementing the strongest security, the success rate of pure brute-force attacks is low even in GPU-accelerated environments. 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 the company's security policy can reduce the time of the attack tenfold. The number and type of characters used in the password, and whether it contained any special symbols helps tremendously in reducing the time to recover the password.

Faster Attacks with GPU Acceleration

Microsoft consistently hardens protection in every major Office release. Computation-intensive encryption employed in the latest versions of Microsoft Office makes password recovery tools relying solely on computer’s CPU no longer fit for the job.

Advanced Office Password Recovery supports multiple video cards and simultaneous operation of multiple 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. [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).

Microsoft Office 2003
AOPR. Office 2013+
Microsoft Office 2010-2016/2019
AOPR. Office 2007
OpenDocument (AES 256)

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.

Access Protected Documents in Guaranteed Timeframe

The tool can decrypt password-protected Word .doc documents and Excel .xls spreadsheets saved as "compatible" within a limited timeframe. No need to perform lengthy attacks while a 40-bit encryption key can be crunched quickly and efficiently, and more importantly, with a guaranteed positive result.

Advanced Office Password Recovery unlocks documents created with Microsoft Office Word and Excel 97 and 2000, as well as documents saved with Microsoft Office XP and 2003 in Office 97/2000 Compatibility Mode.

In addition to Microsoft Office family, Advanced Office Password Recovery can instantly unlock many WordPerfect Office document and all files produced by Lotus SmartSuite.

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.

Unlocks Legacy Office Documents

A large number of Microsoft Office documents is still saved in the legacy format for compatibility and interoperability reasons. The legacy format (which can be identified by the .doc/.xls extension as opposed to the modern .docx/.xlsx format) employs weak 40-bit encryption that predates the much stronger AES. Advanced Office Password Recovery has a special trick for such documents, allowing to break encryption by targeting the encryption key instead of the password.

In addition to Microsoft Office family, Advanced Office Password Recovery can instantly unlock many WordPerfect Office document and all files produced by Lotus SmartSuite.

Guaranteed Password Recovery

Unlock password-protected Word documents and Excel spreadsheets by breaking the encryption instead of recovering the original password. Advanced Office Password Recovery can decrypt Microsoft Office documents saved in certain legacy formats with a guaranteed result and in guaranteed time. It does not take long to try all possible encryption keys in the 40-bit space. A modern PC can effectively unlock a document in just hours, while using the patented Thunder Tables technology can cut this time to just seconds for most files.

Thunder Tables® Technology (Patented)

The unique Thunder Tables® technology developed by ElcomSoft uses pre-computed tables to significantly speed up the recovery of 40-bit keys for Microsoft Word files. The technology will unlock a protected Word document in a matter of seconds instead of days. By pre-computing the hash tables and providing them on a USB thumb drive, Advanced Office Password Recovery can effectively unprotect Microsoft Word documents with 40-bit encryption.

For Microsoft Excel spreadsheets the pre-computed Rainbow Tables are provided, allowing to unlock about 97% of compatible Excel spreadsheets. The complete set of tables (Thunder Tables® for Word and Rainbow Tables for Excel) is delivered with certain editions of Advanced Office Password Recovery (see Compatibility Chart for details).

Compatibility Chart

Trial Home Forensic
GPU acceleration
Number of CPUs supported ALL ALL ALL
Number of GPUs supported ALL ALL ALL
Microsoft Office 365/Microsoft 365
Password to Open
Password to Modify
Document Protection Password
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 Project, Microsoft PowerPoint
Password to Open - -
Password to Modify - -
VBA Project Password - -
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 - -
MyOffice (Russian office suite)
MS Office compatible (DOCX, XLSX) -
OpenDocument compatible (ODT, ODTX) - -
Apple iWork (versions 2009 - 2020)
Pages - Password to Open - -
Numbers - Password to Open - -
Keynote - Password to Open - -
Hangul/Hancell Office (versions 2010 - 2020)
Hanword/Word - Password to Open - -
Hancell/Cell - Password to Open - -
Other applications/passwords
Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Publisher (VBA Project) - -
Microsoft OneNote (password to open) - -
Microsoft Money 2.0 to 2008 (password to open) - -
All Applications with VBA ("Backdoor" feature) - -
WordPerfect Office (all versions) - -
Lotus SmartSuite - -
Microsoft Office documents saved in compatibility mode (.doc, .xls)
Guaranteed decryption of Word and Excel documents with 40-bit encryption -
Guaranteed recovery for 40-bit encryption (Word) using Thunder tables® (takes several minutes) - -
Recovery for 40-bit encryption (Excel) using Rainbow tables (takes several minutes; 97% success rate) - -