ZIP Password Cracker Expert is very simple to use.
1. Open the ZIP archive in the application
2. Specify the type of attack.
3. Press the "Recover Password" button and wait.
Will try all possible passwords to open file. Takes most of the time but it is assured that in the end it will find the password. Good if you approximately know how the password is. For example, if you know that the password consists of 6 digits.
Masked Brute Force
If you remember that the password starts with, ends with or includes a specific word, use the Masked Brute Force Attack. This will try all possible password combinations that include this word.
You can specify, the minimum password length, the maximum password length, the mask word and also the possible character types from which the password consists of.
Also, you can specify to start the brute force attack from a specific password and end at at a specific password. Dictionary Attack
Dictionary Attack will try all words in the dictionary files as passwords. Good for simple passwords. Is faster than Brute Force Attack and Smart Dictionary Attack.
ZIP Password Cracker Expert supports using multiple dictionary files.
Smart Dictionary Attack
Smart Dictionary Attack will try all words in the dictionary files as passwords but will also try some other smart mutations. For example will try to add numbers to the word, or make it uppercase, or try all possible lowercase and uppercase combinations of the word. Takes more time than the Dictionary Attack but usually less than the Brute Force attack.
Use this attack if you approximately remember your password. For example, you remember that your password consists of the word 'secure' followed by a number, but you do not remember the number. It takes less time than Brute Force Attack and usually less time than Smart Dictionary Attack or Dictionary Attack.
Will try all the attacks together. Will find the password but will take much time. Try specifying Recovery Options to speed up the process.
ZIP Password Cracker Expert is very easy to use.
You can also start it with a right click on the ZIP archive in Windows Explorer
To open a ZIP file with drag and drop, drag the ZIP archive and drop it on the ZIP Password Cracker Expert application's window.
To modify cracking options press on the "Recovery Options" buttons.
There you can set options for the Brute Force Attack, the Dictionary Attack, the Smart Dictionary Attack, the Mask Attack and various other options.
To add or remove dictionary files used in the "Dictionary Attack" press the "Recovery Options" button and the "Dictionary Attack" page, press the "Add" or "Remove" button.
To stop using a specific dictionary file, uncheck it on the dictionary files list. To use it once again, check it on the list.
You can also set which dictionary file priority, i.e., which dictionary file to open and use first and which ones later while cracking.
To do that, select a dictionary file row from the list and press the "Up" and "Down" arrow to change its priority.
ZIP Password Cracker Expert comes with highly effective dictionary files.
To get more dictionary files go to this page.
Upper / Lower Case
Convert to Lowercase
Convert to Uppercase
Lowercase first character- uppercase the rest
Toggle Case of Character at a specific Position
Try all possible lower/upper case combinations
Prefix / Suffix
Use Prefix Mask
Use Suffix Mask
Add Numbers from .. to .. , in the beginning and /or end.
Add up to .. Special Characters , in the beginning and /or end.
Add up to .. a-z (lowercase) letters , in the beginning and /or end.
Add up to .. A-Z (uppercase) letters , in the beginning and /or end.
Rotate word left (falex=>alexf)
Rotate word right (alexf=>falex)
Replace specific word characters with other ones. Will try all possible mutations and combinations.
Delete / Insert
Delete the first character.
Delete the last character.
Delete the character in position .. .
Extract substring from position .. , maximum length .. .
Insert character .. at position .. .
Overstrike character in position .. with character .. .
Password Maximum Length.
Password Minimum Length.
Truncate Password to .. Characters.
Mix all Combinations
To add common (leet) character replaces for the Smart Dictionary Attack, press on the "Add Short Leet Character Replaces" in the "Replaces" page of the Smart Dictionary Options page.
Please note, that the application will include them as character replaces by default.
To save current cracking options as the default ones, press on the "Save as Default" button in the "Recovery Options" screen.
To stop the ZIP cracking process, press on the "Stop" button.
To pause the ZIP cracking process, press on the "Pause" button.
To resume it again, press on the "Resume" button.
Please note, that ZIP Password Cracker Expert saves the current cracking project automatically at the specified time interval, e.g., every 1 minute and you can load the project and resume the cracking process even when the application has gets closed.
While running the cracking process, the current project is saved automatically at the specified time interval.
To open a project and resume it from the point it was stopped, even if the application gets closed, press on the "Open Project" in the "File Menu" and select the project to load.
Alternatively, you can load one of the last projects by selecting it in the "Recent Projects" menu of the "File Menu".
If you want to resume a project from the point, it was stopped, after loading it, press on the "Resume" button.
You can boost speed by setting the application's process priority to highest, or save computer resources and set a lower priority process.
To do this select the process priority in the "Process Priority" menu.
It is set to "Highest" by default.
You can keep and view detailed logs of the zip password cracking process.
To view the logs, select the "Logs" menu item in the "Tools" menu. You can stop keeping logs, or set the logging file in the "Recovery Options" screen.
To explore or run the file to be cracked, select "Explore File" or "Execute File" in the "Tools" menu.
To view a list of previously found passwords and their corresponding files select "Found Passwords" in the "Tools" menu.
To minimize the application to the system tray, check the "Minimize To Tray" menu item, and then minimize the application's window.
When the application starts for the first time, it asks you for your desired user interface language.
You can also change the user interface language from the "Language" menu.