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Jun 19, 2008:

The reason why most users choose PDF format to share and transfer documents is because they can be protected by the creator. Content, such as text and images, can not be copied or stolen from such PDF documents.

One solution, recommended by Ghacks, is to use PDF Unlocker which is a free PDF unlocking utility that will remove all restrictions.

However if you want to unlock a PDF file without installing any software, I would recommend PDF Cracker. It is a Free online PDF Unlock utility.

It works simply by uploading a protected PDF file through your PC and once uploaded, it will open an unlocked and non-restricted version of the same PDF document in a new window.

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Maria June 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm

You can try http://www.pdffiller.com to fill in pdf forms. It is probably the easiest way to do that. You don’t have to install any software. Just click anywhere and start typing. You can print, Email, Fax, or export your form as well.

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Annie March 2, 2009 at 8:17 am

Maria do you speak Spanish? I’m having some problems and can not find how to solve them? Can you help me?

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Hars Broi January 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

You can get the PDF Unlocker from http://www.pdf-unlocker.com

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Fred Brook March 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Unrestrict PDF from http://www.unrestrictpdf.com is also a viable solution.

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George May 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm

None of the above replies work, I have a pdf file that will let me print but not copy or modify it, how can I remove this restriction?

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Captain June 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm

pdfpirate does it too.

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nmd August 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Yet another one – worked even for files that “PDF Cracker” mentioned in the article didn’t fix: http://www.pdfunlock.com

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linky1124 August 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

I just find another PDF password recovery tool http://www.resetwindowspassword.com/

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crazyblogger August 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

this post helped me a lot to unlock my pdf files

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angelinajones September 7, 2009 at 6:58 am

Hi, to remove pdf restriciton, now i am using anybizsoft pdf to word converter. It supports the conversion of locked pdf and the output quality is good. Cool.
http://www.anypdftools.com/pdf-to-word.html#153

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jamessmith September 7, 2009 at 7:00 am

I am using anybizsoft pdf to word, as i can select the page range and the conversion quality is really good,even with encrypted pdf files.

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linky1124 September 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

it's quite convenient.
I used http://www.passwordunlocker.com/products/ppu.html to unlock mine.
and it worked well.

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Clixter October 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Thats good.
Thanks!

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pdf October 31, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Here is another similar list of ways to unlock PDFs.
http://arshad-umar.blogspot.com/2009/10/7-easy-

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happymark November 30, 2009 at 9:09 am

I have downloaded the PDF Password Recovery 5.0. It can remove the “owner” password in just seconds! http://www.recoverlostpassword.com/products/pdf

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Ron January 20, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Have you tried Smart PDF Converter? It can convert PDF documents to editable formats and preserves the layout.

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Ron January 21, 2010 at 1:48 am

Have you tried Smart PDF Converter? It can convert PDF documents to editable formats and preserves the layout.

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Debu March 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm

The online version worked better for me than pdf unlocker. It is fast and simple. Most importantly the file size remains the same after unlocking.

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Debu March 30, 2010 at 3:42 am

The online version worked better for me than pdf unlocker. It is fast and simple. Most importantly the file size remains the same after unlocking.

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zhuismile May 28, 2010 at 6:45 am

It is very annoying if we have PDF files and we can't print it,to remove the pdf password,PDF Password Recovery 5.0 can help you.Or Advanced PDF Password Recovery 5.0,both of them have done a great job.http://www.recoverlostpassword.com/products/pdfpasswordrecovery.html

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Neznam_neznamov July 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

These apps are complete rbbish.I hate installing software just to find out that I have to buy it after I launched it. Complete bullocks.Get a grip and do something for everybody to enjoy.Open source rules !

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