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Can I Remove RAR Password If I Don’t Need It or Forgot It

RAR files provide great convenience for us to store and transmit large files. In order to improve data security, many people set a password to encrypt a RAR file to prevent unauthorized access.

But an important question is, can I remove a RAR password if I no longer need it, or if I forget it? I think that's a concern for many people. Frankly and accurately, the answer is No. There is currently no way to remove a RAR password directly, but don’t worry, you can remove it indirectly. Now, this page will show you how to remove a RAR password in indirect ways.


Way 1: Remove a known RAR password

Even if you know the RAR password, you cannot remove it directly because the WinRAR app does not provide any button to delete the password. But it doesn’t matter. You can simply get rid of the RAR password by extracting the files/folders in the encrypted RAR archive, and then adding the files/folders to a new RAR archive. Make sure you have WinRAR or 7-ZIP app installed on your Windows, and then follow the steps below.

1. Right-click the encrypted RAR file and select an extract option (Extract files, Extract Here, or Extract to) from the context menu.

extract RAR files

2. Enter the correct password for the RAR file and click OK. The RAR file will extract/decompress its contents.

enter RAR password

3. After decompression, right-click the extracted files or folder and select Add to archive to compress them to a new RAR archive file. This time, do not set a password for the new RAR file. After that, you can delete the original password protected RAR file.

add to archive

Way 2: Remove forgotten RAR password using Notepad/CMD

If you’ve forgotten your password and cannot open the encrypted RAR file, it’s also impossible to remove the password directly. But it’s possible to find the RAR password first and then delete it. You can do this using Notepad or Command Prompt.

Step 1: Right click on the Desktop and select New > Text Document to create a new text document.

Step 2: Open the text document with Notepad. Then copy and paste the following command lines into the notepad file.

REM ============================================================
REM errorcode401.blogspot.in
@echo off
title Rar Password Cracker
mode con: cols=47 lines=20
copy "C:\Program Files\WinRAR\Unrar.exe"
SET PSWD=0
SET DEST=%TEMP%\%RANDOM%
MD %DEST%
:RAR
cls
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo GET DETAIL
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo.
SET/P "NAME=Enter File Name : "
IF "%NAME%"=="" goto NERROR
goto GPATH
:NERROR
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo ERROR
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo Sorry you can't leave it blank.
pause
goto RAR
:GPATH
SET/P "PATH=Enter Full Path : "
IF "%PATH%"=="" goto PERROR
goto NEXT
:PERROR
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo ERROR
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo Sorry you can't leave it blank.
pause
goto RAR
:NEXT
IF EXIST "%PATH%\%NAME%" GOTO START
goto PATH
:PATH
cls
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo ERROR
echo ----------------------------------------------
echoOpppss File does not Exist..
pause
goto RAR
:START
SET /A PSWD=%PSWD%+1
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
echo 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
echo 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
echo 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
echo 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
echo 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
echo 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
echo 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
echo 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
echo 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
UNRAR E -INUL -P%PSWD% "%PATH%\%NAME%" "%DEST%"
IF /I %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 GOTO FINISH
GOTO START
:FINISH
RD %DEST% /Q /S
Del "Unrar.exe"
cls
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo CRACKED
echo ----------------------------------------------
echo.
echo PASSWORD FOUND!
echo FILE = %NAME%
echo CRACKED PASSWORD = %PSWD%
pause>NUL
exit
REM ============================================================

Step 3: In the notepad file, click File > Save As. When the Save As dialog opens, select All Files from the Save as type menu, change the file suffix from .txt to .bat, and then click Save.

save as batch file

Step 4: Double click the .bat file you just created and a Command Prompt window will open.

Step 5: The Command Prompt asks you to enter your file name. Just enter the full name of your RAR file and hit Enter.

Step 6: Enter the full path of the RAR file and hit Enter. If you don’t know the full path of the RAR file, just right click the RAR file and select Properties to check its path.

enter RAR file name and path

Step 7: The Command Prompt will immediately start searching for your RAR password. This takes a few minutes, depending on the length and complexity of the RAR password.

searching RAR password

Step 8: When your RAR password is found, it is displayed on the Command Prompt window. You can copy and paste the password to open your encrypted RAR file, and then remove the password in the same way as Method 1.

RAR password found

Way 3: Remove forgotten RAR password with RAR Password Refixer

If Command Prompt cannot find your forgotten RAR password, don’t lose your heart. You can remove your RAR password with the use of a more advanced RAR Password Refixer tool. This tool is developed with four intelligent and powerful password attack modes, which can help you retrieve long and even complex RAR passwords.

Step 1: Download and install iSumsoft RAR Password Refixer on your Windows computer. After installation, launch this tool.

Step 2: Click the Open button in the upper left corner to add/import the password protected RAR file into this tool.

add RAR file

Step 3: Select a password cracking method from the Recovery Type drop-down menu. Set the Range and Length options as well so that this tool can recover your forgotten RAR password in the shortest possible time.

select recovery type

Step 4: Click the Start button at the top to start searching for you RAR password. Then wait patiently for the password to appear on the screen.

Step 5: Once the RAR password is displayed, you can use it to open your encrypted RAR file and then remove the RAR password in the same manner as Method 1.

RAR password recovered

Final Words

That is the answer to the question of whether you can remove a RAR password. Again, it’s impossible to remove a known or forgotten RAR password directly. Any website or tool that claims to remove the RAR password online doesn’t actually work.