Passwords play a crucial role in the safety and security of our data. No matter whether it is our laptop, computer, smartphone, or any other device, we always set the password. Adding a password to a particular file or device ensures that our data or information in that particular file/device is safe, and no one can access that without our permission.
Hence, adding a strong password is very important. It makes sure your files are secure. Sometimes it may happen that you have set a strong password to your file and later you forget the password. In such situations, “how do I unlock a ZIP file?”. In this post, we will share how to unlock ZIP file without password. So, if you are confused about which tool or method you should select among so many tools out there on the web, then this detailed guide is for you.
Here are three most reliable, safe, easy, and fast methods to unlock zip file without password:
Before we get into the step by step procedure to unlock ZIP file through John the Ripper method, first understand what is John the Ripper and how actually it works. John the Ripper is a free software cracking tool through which you can crack the password of different file formats.
Though it is a free and open-source software tool, it can be somewhat complex to install and use it. Don’t worry, here we have elaborated step by step procedure on how to unlock ZIP file through John the Ripper.
STEP 1: First of all, head over to the official website of John the Ripper tool (openwall.com/john) and click on the link of “1.9.0-jumbo-1 sources”. After you will click on the link, it will download the JTR software tool.
STEP 2: After you download the files, the next step is to extract them. Right-click on the file you have downloaded and then select “Extract all” option. It will start extracting the file.
STEP 3: The installation process of John the Ripper software tool is not like other applications & programs on the computer. You can install it to your desktop by moving the folder of John the Ripper there. In the extracted window, you need to copy the “john180j1w” folder and paste to your desktop. And simply rename that folder to “john”.
STEP 4: Now, you need to paste your ZIP file to the “run” folder of “john”. To do that, copy the zip file by pressing Ctrl + C and open the “john” folder, open the “run” folder and then paste the zip file by pressing Ctrl + V.
STEP 5: To unlock your zip file using this method, you will need the help of Command. Hence, open the Command Prompt.
STEP 6: Now, you need to change the directory to John the Ripper’s “run” folder. To do that, type cd desktop/john/run and hit the “Enter” button.
STEP 7: Now you have to enter the “run” command. Type in zip2john.exe name.zip > name.hash Make sure you replace the word “name” with the name of your zip folder.
For example, the name of our zip folder is “Documents”, so we have typed zip2john.exe Documents.zip > Documents.hash
After typing in the command, hit the “Enter” button.
STEP 8: Type name.hash (here, the word “name” is the name of your zip folder) and hit the “Enter” button. In our case, our zip folder’s name is Documents, so will type in Documents.hash
Check the image below to get a more clear idea:
STEP 9: Now, you are ready to crack your file’s password. Type in john.exe –pot=name.pot –wordlist=john/run/password.lst name.hash (here, the word “name” denotes the name of your zip file) and press “Enter”
In our case, our zip file’s name is Documents so have typed john.exe –pot=Documents.pot –wordlist=john/run/password.lst Documents.hash
After you will complete all the above-explained steps properly, John the Ripper will start comparing your zip file’s password to its database of passwords.
STEP 10: After your file’s password has been determined, you will see the message of “Session complete”. After that, you need to type in type name.pot (here, the word “name” means the name of your zip file).
In our case, our zip file name is “Documents” so we have typed in type Documents.pot
Once you will type that and press the “Enter” button, you will see the password of your password-protected zip file. See the below image, we have recovered our password “abc”.
This way, you can unlock your password-protected ZIP file through this method. Though this method is completely free, the only downside is it is a bit time consuming and somewhat complex to understand.
If you don’t want to mess with coding or complex procedure for recovering the zip file password, then Passper for ZIP is for you. Through this best Zip password cracker, you can recover your lost or forgotten password of WinZIP or 7ZIP with easy steps. Here are steps on how to unlock zip password using Passper for ZIP:Free Trial
STEP 1: First of all, download and install the Passper for the ZIP tool. Once the installation process finishes, open the tool.
STEP 2: After you will open the software tool, there you will be asked to complete two steps – Select a file and Select a recovery method. First, you need to import your password-protected zip file.
STEP 3: Once you import your zip file to the Passper for ZIP tool, the next step is to select the right method for recovery. You will see four recovery methods or attack types – Combination Attack, Dictionary Attack, Mask Attack, and Brute Force Attack.
To understand which attack type is right for you, let’s understand all of them:
The combination attack is the type of recovery method in which you can specify symbols, numbers, and letters. After you will specify, the combination attack mode will create different possible password combinations to help you recover it.
The dictionary attack is the method that makes the use of an available dictionary for password recovery.
You should use the mask attack method when you have some idea about the password of your zip file. It allows you to set maximum length, the initial & ending character of the password, etc.
Use the brute force method for password recovery when you do have any idea about the password. The brute force method makes the use of every probable letters, numbers, and symbol for your zip file password recovery.
STEP 4: After selecting the right method for password recovery, click on the “Next” button. Depending upon the recovery method you have selected, the time to recover the password will vary. Once the process gets completed, the password will be displayed to your desktop screen.
STEP 5: Now you can copy the recovered password to your zip file that is asking to input the password.
This is the easiest, reliable, and hassle-free method of unlocking the zip file password. Instead of using non-trusted and time-consuming online tools, we recommend using Passper for ZIP.
Another method for hacking the password of your ZIP file is through the online tools. There are so many tools for files’ password cracking out there in the market. You need to make sure that you select a reliable and easy tool. Here we will explain how to unlock ZIP file without password using an online tool called LostMyPass.
This tool has a both – free and paid plan. The free plan will help you recover the weak password, while the paid plan will help you recover the strong password. The free plan has a success probability of less than 22%, on the other hand, the paid plan has the success probability of less than 61%. Before we get into the actual steps, take a look at some limitations of this tool:
STEP 1: First of all, head over to the website of “Lost My Pass”
STEP 2: Now, hover your mouse to the “File Types” section. There you need to click on the “WinZIP” option which is under the “Archive Files” sub-section.
STEP 3: You need to verify that you are not a robot. So, check on the box of “I’m not a robot”
STEP 4: Once you will do that, you will see the option of “Drop file to upload”. You need to click on that section.
STEP 5: Now, choose the ZIP file that you want to recover the password of.
STEP 6: After that, it will start the process. Once the process will be completed, you will be informed.
The process of unlocking zip file password through “Lost My Pass” online tool may vary depending upon whether you are using the free plan or the paid plan.
Among different methods for resetting the zip file password, here we have shared the most reliable methods. Depending on your situation, you can select the right method for you. Among the three methods we have explained here, the best one is to unlock ZIP file through Passper for ZIP tool.
It is one of the most popular and trustable tools out there. Also, we don’t recommend using unreliable online tools like LostMyPass. It is for those who do not have crucial information in their files and want to recover the password for free.Free Trial