RAR is an archive file format that supports data compression, error recovery and file spanning. Like other archives, RAR files are data containers, they store one or several files in the compressed form. After you downloaded RAR file from Internet, you need to unpack its contents in order to use it.
Sometimes you may have RAR files at hand, but unable to extract files? Do not worry.
How to Open Password Protected RAR
There are a couple of ways to crack the password on a RAR file if you get lucky. The two standard methods to cracking a password for any program are:
- Dictionary attack – Generates passwords using word lists from a dictionary
- Brute-force attack – Searches all possible character combinations.
Obviously, the latter is harder and will take more time. If the password is very complex and doesn’t have any recognizable dictionary word in it, it might simply be impossible. However, it’s always worth a try.
In this article, we have listed three tools that can help you to open password protected RAR file, some of which are free and some that cost money.
Atomic RAR Password Recovery
The free trial will allow you to recover passwords up to 3 characters in length. If you have a longer password and the program is able to determine the entire password, you will see the 1st three characters followed by asterisks (*).
In this case, you can buy the program and it will unmask all the characters. If it never shows the asterisks, that means it can’t figure out the password and you don’t have to buy it! Nice.
Elcomsoft Advanced Archive Password Recovery
Another good software for cracking into archive files like RAR and ZIP files is Advanced Archive Password Recovery.
What’s cool about this program is that it can crack some passwords in less than an hour if the version of WinZip is below 8.0 by taking advantage of an exploit.
What’s also good about this program is that it supports some of the later encryption technologies, like AES encryption used in WinRAR. The program also supports archive files over 4GB in size and includes the ability to pause and resume attacks.
RAR Password Cracker
This is another program that uses both the brute force attack method and the dictionary attack. It’s shareware also, so the free trial has some limitations.