Top 5 Free PDF Password Removers for Windows

by Ramesh Natarajan on August 9, 2011

A PDF Password remover tool is a program that can be used to remove or bypass the security and restrictions on a PDF file which usually prevents you from opening, printing or changing the file. This is ideal for situations where you have forgotten the owner passwords that you have once set and could no longer remember it. Hence, a password remover tool will help you recover PDF files that you have the authority or permission to do so (hint: should not be used illegally). The list below contains the top 5 PDF Password removers for Windows that are FREE to use.

1. PDF Crack

PDFCrack is one of the best available PDF password removers for Windows that is ideal for recovering both the user password and owner password from encrypted PDFs. It supports the standard security handler as well as bruteforcing and wordlists the password and save/load a running job.

2. Freeware PDF Unlocker

The Freeware PDF Unlocker tool is a simple and basic program that is designed to “unlock” an encrypted PDF file and its associated security which allows for full access to the PDF. This is a straightforward tool that is ideal if you just want to get past the permission security in PDF and do not need the owner password to secure the file.

3. is a free online PDF password remover that will remove passwords and restrictions such as printing, copying text, among other things. Hence, it can remove the security but not recover passwords.

4. PDF Unlocker

PDF Unlocker is a windows installable program that is completely portable and unlocks any password protected PDF. It does not only remove password but as well as recover owner password from an encrypted PDF and uses a brute-force password recovery method.

5. PDF Password Remover Tool

PDF Password Remover has a very simple PDF-in/PDF-out interface that can be used to decrypt password protected PDF files. This tool is designed to remove owner passwords from any PDF documents thereby removing security and restrictions. However, this will not work with PDF files that have a “user password” set.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark Adolf August 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Windows PDF Unlocker is one of the best available online PDF Password Unlocker that is ideal for unlocking PDF files encryption as well as remove owner password security from secured Portable Document Files.


R. Schreurs January 3, 2013 at 5:39 am

Well, it is not free, is it? So, it does not deserve a place in the Top 5 Free PDF Password Removers for Windows. What makes it better than the other ones listed here to justify this remark? It seems like a simple task that tools either succeed or fail in performing properly.


pankaj April 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi passwd break software


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