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How to Unzip a Password Protected Archive File

If you have a password protected zip file, you may want unzip archive folders or files. In this post, I will show how to unzip a password protected archive file with or without knowing password.

2 options to unpack password protected archive file

Option 1: Unzip archive file with password you know

If a file in the Zip file is already encrypted, it will ask for a password when you try to extract this archive file. Use these steps to extract files or folders.

Step 1: Locate the zipped folder that you want to extract files or folders from.

Step 2: To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, right-click the folder, select Extract All.

Extract an encrypted zip file

Step 3: When it prompting for the password, enter password you know.

Enter password to extract zipped file

Lean more details, see how to zip and unzip files in Windows 10 without WinZip software.

Option 2: Find the original password using Zip Password Refixer

What if you have an password protected Zip file but don't know the password to extract it, how to do? Luckily, there are a bunch of zip file password recovery tools can help you find the original password to unzip the encrypted archives. The best choice is to use the most powerful Zip password-cracking program --- iSumsoft ZIP Password Refixer. These steps below will show you how to use it.

Step 1: Download and install Zip Password recovery tool to your computer.

Click this link, it will allow you to download iSumsoft ZIP Password Refixer.

Step 2: Add the password protected zip to the software.

Run the program, and then click File > Open File to import your locked archive file.

Open the locked ZIP file

Step 3: Select Appropriate password recovery mode.

Choose one of attack type option: Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack and Dictionary Attack. Each of these options will have specific requirements, such as the length, the range and the upper case, lower case or special character mentions of your password.

Note: If you choose Brute-force Attack, there is no need of character sets setting.

Select password recovery mode

Step 4: Start recovering password.

Simply click on the Start button to start the task. The process will take some time to complete.

Find original ZIP password

Step 5: Once the program finds your archive password, just click Copy button. This will enable you to get your original password, you can simply paste it in the required box and then open the RAR file that you wanted.

Enter password to unzip archive file