May 13, 2016

How to Extract Encrypted ZIP/WinZip/7ZIP File without Password

As is known, when we have a zip/winzip/7zip file, no matter it is not encrypted or protected with password we know, we can open the zip archive, view files in it, or extract it to a folder.

However, if the zip file is protected with unknown password, no matter which option we have chosen to encrypt zip file in WinRAR, we cannot view, open even extract encrypted zip file.

So the best way is to keep encrypted zip file password in safe place. Once we need it, we could easily find out to use. But if you lost or forgot zip password unfortunately, whether you cannot extract encrypted zip file?

Surely it is not. Now the utilities used usually, such as NSIS and iSunshare ZIP Password Genius, could help users to extract encrypted ZIP/WinZip/7ZIP File without password.
  • NSIS: free and directly extract zip file without password
  • iSunshare ZIP Password Genius: free trial and find password to extract encrypted zip file

Let’s see how they help to extract encrypted .zip file in following article.

Option 1: Take NSIS to Extract Encrypted ZIP/WinZip/7ZIP File

Step 1: Download, install and run NSIS on your computer.

Step 2: Choose Installer based on ZIP on NSIS to open Zip2Exe window.

choose installer based on zip option

Step 3: Click Open button to select encrypted .zip file in Zip2Exe window.

choose encrypted zip file to generate as exe file

Step 4: Confirm the location of output exe file and click on Generate button.

Step 5: Double-click exe file you get after generation. And install it to destination folder.

install exe file to extract encrypted zip file without password

With the installation complete, you have extracted encrypted zip file to destination folder.

successfully extract encrypted zip file with NSIS

But sometimes I find it doesn’t work successfully. And I don’t know the reasons. At this moment, I just try other utility, iSunshare ZIP Password Genius.

Option 2: Take iSunshare Software to Extract Encrypted ZIP/WinZip/7ZIP File

It is heard that iSunshare ZIP Password Genius provides two editions to work on different situations. So it would be more optional than NSIS. If you have one computer, you can choose Standard edition. While you have more than one computer in LAN, you could get Professional edition to improve speed on extracting encrypted zip file.

So now I choose iSunshare ZIP Password Genius Professional without a second thought when I have two computers in Local Area Network.

Tip: About how to use ZIP Password Genius Standard to extract your zip file, you can follow its user guide to recover zip password on your computer at first.

Step 1: Download Professional trial version to install, and run to have a try.

When you find trial version cannot recover your encrypted zip file password, it is just because your zip file password is longer than 3 characters. In order to successfully extract your archive, you should get its full version and go on.

Step 2: Prepare client program iSunshare ZIP Peer to run on other computers in LAN.

create isunshare zip peer installation exe file
  • First, click Make Peer button to create installation file of iSunshare ZIP Peer.
  • Second, move the exe file to other accessible computers in LAN.
  • Third, install and run iSunshare ZIP Peer for zip password recovery.
install and run isunshare zip peer in lan

Your computer running iSunshare ZIP Password Genius Professional have automatically launched iSunshare ZIP Peer. So you don’t need to install and run iSunshare ZIP Peer again on your PC.

Step 3: Add encrypted zip file to ZIP Password Genius Professional.

Just tap on Open button, you could browse computer and select encrypted zip file you want to extract. Then you could see it imported into Encrypted File box of iSunshare ZIP Password Genius Professional.

import encrypted zip file into main program

Step 4: Specify probable zip password range and length in order to improve speed.

Under Range Options and Length, you could specify probable characters zip password includes and password length. The narrower the range is and shorter password length is, the less time you would spend.

specify zip password recovery range

Step 5: Start to recover zip password with main and client programs.

Click Start button on main program. Instantly client program iSunshare ZIP Peer would begin to work in LAN. All of them work together to recover zip password for imported encrypted zip file.

successfully recover encrypted zip file password

Step 6: Extract encrypted zip file with password you found.

After you find zip password with ZIP Password Genius, you can extract your encrypted zip file now as usual. Copy password and extract encrypted zip file in WinRAR or save zip password in safe place.

extract encrypted zip file with found password

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