Many times you might have observed that some PDF documents come with password security and other added restrictions, that do not allow you to open, copy or print its contents. This causes great inconvenience, especially when you want to access information from the document or print it out for offline use. This post shows how to remove PDF password and unlock PDF files using free PDF Unlocker software or online tools.
How to remove Password from PDF
Portable Document Format (PDF) is the only widely used document format for all kinds of activities in Office as well in Professional Communication. While many a times, we might want to copy certain text or images or a complete page from the PDF file and paste or use it somewhere else, maybe in our Word Document, Notepad or to print it, restrictions placed on the PDF document mat prevent us from doing so. The PDF document may be locked.
PDF document creators and owners lock their document content in order to get rid of being copied by someone else. This is one of the option available in PDF for security reason to lock content for copy protect facility. Or sometimes, some PDF documents prevent the user from copying, pasting or printing it’s contents maybe because the PDF might have used a font that is not available in the system trying to read it.
Remove PDF password & Unlock PDF files
But there is some good news – you can remove the password restrictions. But before you begin, you need to know one thing. There are two kinds of passwords. One that requires you to enter a password even if you want to view the PDF (User Passwords), and the other that you need to enter only if you want to edit the PDF (Owner Passwords).
PDF Cracker Online Tools
1] If you are looking for an online application that could easily allow you to unlock and access these locked PDF files with one click then you may find CrackMyPDF very useful. It is a free online PDF unlocker that unlocks PDF files and removes the restriction for editing, copying, printing and extracting with just a few clicks.
All a user need to do is just upload a document from his computer and click ‘Unlock’. The unlocked version of your document automatically gets opened in a new browser window. You can then save it to your computer. By using this free online application, you can remove the password and restrictions in just a few seconds.
- Unlocks PDF Files online
- Absolutely free! Requires no registration
- Removes PDF restrictions for copying, editing, printing and extracting
- Requires no software installation, everything is done online
- Supports all versions of Adobe Acrobat
- Unlocks PDF documents that come with copy/paste and print restrictions
It is important to mention here that though the PDF Restrictions Remover is capable to remove the restrictions in standard password protected PDF file, including 40-bit RC4 encryption, 128-bit RC4 decryption and 128-bit AES decryption, it does not,
- Remove or find the user/open password automatically
- Remove other protections, such as DRM or third part plug-in
- Enable Acrobat Reader to – Save forms and data locally, Add comments, Add digital signatures.
2] You can also use PDF Crack, another free online tool available to unlock the content of PDF in no time. You will just have to upload the PDF document into their server, accept the terms and conditions and a new browser tab will open with the displaying the unlocked PDF file, without printing or copying/pasting restrictions. With this tool, now you will be able to use all tools like copying, pasting, printing, and adding images as well as text to existing and new documents. Click here to visit the website.
PDF Unlocker freeware
1] Free PDF Password Remover lets you unlock PDF documents and remove passwords as well as restrictions on printing, editing, copying, form filling, etc.
It can remove Owner passwords and known user passwords. Get it here.
2] BeCyPDFMetaEdit is another free utility that can help you remove passwords from PDF files. You can download it from here.
3] Free PDF Unlocker works by removing passwords that restrict access in two areas of the PDF. One is for passwords that restrict some functions such as printing copying and pasting. The second is any password that might prevent you from accessing or opening a PDF file.
To remove the first type of restrictions, just drag your PDF file onto a link on your desktop or alternatively onto the Free PDF Unlocker icon on your desktop.
To unlock the second kind of restriction with Free PDF Unlocker, you have to right-click and select “Remove PDF Password” and close the application. This is known to work most of the time … but there have been reports of this not working. This software was earlier free but has gone paid now after version 1.0.4.