Crack the password on Mac WordPerfect Files

By Cancellation ·
I cannot find software which will "crack" password protected WordPerfect files made from Version 3 or under on a Macintosh.

These WP files was on a hard drive which was failing (OS 9.22). Tried to open these files with Corel WordPerfect 3.5 enhanced on a new hard drive using OS 9.22 and it loads then indicates "the file is encrypted" instead of asking for the password. DatViz's MacLinks refuses to convert the files to MS Word, and MS Word cannot read these files.

My next step is to search for a Mac WP version less than 3.0 and run that on OS 9.22 and perhaps the password entry window will appear.

Several word processors under OS 10.4 were unable to read these files.

The files are not corrupt in that I tried several back up files saved from months before the hard drive failed and they opened on whatever version of WP which was on the hard drive, now inaccessible.

1. Any other suggestions ?

2. Any program available to eliminate the password from these few files ?

3. Any program which will read these password-protected files ?

Thank you.

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OK, couple of things...

by seanferd In reply to Crack the password on Mac ...

First, we don't do passwords, cracking, etc. in the forum. (See standard response below.) Sorry.

But the problem seems to be that "the file is encrypted". So you need software which is prepared to decrypt it in the first place. I'd suggest either finding an older copy of WP, or check for WPx3 support, assuming that WP encrypted the files. If they were encrypted by OS 9 or some other app, check for support with that app or install it.



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I made the password !!

by Cancellation In reply to OK, couple of things...

There's nothing illegal or devious here. I am the author of these files and I am the one who added the password. The password is NOT lost.

You have instructed others to not reply or help me ? Guess I signed up at the wrong website.

Please terminate my handle and I'll find a user-friendly forum where there's more interest in solving legitimate problems.

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User friendly?

by Bizzo In reply to I made the password !!

We have no idea who you are, and we no idea if you're telling the truth or not.

Picture this: You have a laptop, with all your bank details on it, all encrypted etc, so it's safe. Your laptop gets stolen. A pain, yes, but your data's OK because you've encrypted it.

The day after it gets stolen, someone asks on this forum how to circumvent encrypted passwords. If we told them, they would then have all your account details etc.

Would we then be a user-friendly site? Or would we simply be helping thieves and scammers?

Your choice.

You're a very new member here, if you see as many of these "please help me crack a bios password off a laptop by brother gave me before he died" or "my daughter encrypted my entire harddisk when I wasn't looking and can't remember the password" you'd be as skeptical as we are.

You may think of us as not being user-friendly, your call, but at least we have morals.

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Hey speak for yourself...

by jimmy-jam In reply to User friendly?

"but at least we have morals"


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That doesn't matter in a public forum

by seanferd In reply to I made the password !!

Regardless as to your bona fides, which we have no way to check, any information put up is easily available to the public by searching. (Just search "crack" at TR, and see what you get.)

"I" didn't tell anyone to do anything, that is the boilerplate response to such questions. And apparently, my suggestions were of no use, which are the only right ways to go about this. Get support from the vendor who supplied the program that encrypted the file.

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