Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,623 Reviews & Articles | 45,079 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: MSI teases its Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard

Advanced Archive Password Recovery v2.0 Review - Password Recovery - Page 4

How many times have you decided that you just needed to protect some of your work with a password... and then forgot it? If you're like many, then this is something that can happen from time to time. Jon "Albinus" Albiez takes a look at the Advanced Archive Password Recovery program to see if it has what it takes to help us in our moment of need.

By: | Utilities in Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2001 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: ElcomSoft



ElcomSoft have done a good job on this program. From its roots as a command-based, underground program, it has developed into a product that could be used quite effectively in the corporate arena. The asking price of US$60 (for personal use) and US$120 (commercial license) is quite reasonable, considering the effort that goes into a program like this. In fact, US$120 is a bargain for many businesses.


My initial concerns about this program being used maliciously have been allayed by the fact that you need to have a pretty good estimate of the password to recover it in a short period of time. For example, an 8-character password, with uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numbers has over 6 quadrillion (6,000,000,000,000,000) possible combinations. My Pentium III was processing ZIP passwords at around 6 million/sec, at this rate the password would take approximately 32 years (maximum) to extract the password.


If you are using RAR files it's even harder - the password/sec rate plummets to fewer than 1,000 passwords per second. At this rate, the same combination would take a frightening (approx) 191,000 years!


I find it hard to believe that any "cracker" could take advantage of this program without having some idea as to the contents of the password. If a strong password is chosen (at least 8 characters, with uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters), and RAR format is used to compress files - then your archived data is almost totally secure from unwanted voyeurs (with the possible exception of government intelligence departments).


As this is my first software review, I was quite tentative on how to rate this product, but here's my verdict:


- Pros


Quite affordable for businesses


Fast when recovering ZIP files


Easy to use


Many, many options to choose from


- Cons


Could be used maliciously


Little pricey for personal users


Don't try to extract RAR archive passwords!


Rating - 8/10


PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.

Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.


Right of Reply

We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Further Reading: Read and find more Software content at our Software reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter