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Simply select the desired dictionary file. In addition, you can select an option Smart mutations or Try all possible upper/lower case combinations – it may really help if you're not sure about the register the password has been typed in. For example, let's assume that the next word in dictionary is "PASSword" (the case, actually, doesn't matter here). With the second option enabled, the program will just try all possible combinations, like:

 

password

passworD

passwoRd

passwoRD

passwOrd

PASSWORd

PASSWORD

 

However, checking all such combinations takes a lot of time: in the example above, ARCHPR will check 2^8 words (i.e. 256) instead of one. With smart mutations, you can eliminate a number of "virtually impossible" combinations, and here are all the words which will be checked:

 

PASSword

(as is)

passWORD

(reversed)

password

(all lower case)

PASSWORD

(all upper case)

Password

(first uppercase, rest lowercase)

pASSWORD

(first lower case, rest uppercase)

PaSSWoRD

(elite: vowels in lc, others in uc)

pAsswOrd

(noelite)

PaSsWoRd

(alt/1)

pAsSwOrD

(alt/2)

 

So, it makes only 10 combinations for each word.

 

The Start line # option allows you to start an attack from a given line (in the dictionary); if you interrupt the attack, the "current" line number will be written there (and saved to the project file, of course).

 

The Convert to OEM encoding option can be used if: the dictionary is in ANSI coding, but the ZIP archive has been created with a DOS archiver (like PKZIP), and so the actual password is in OEM coding. Changing that option doesn't make any difference if all the words in the dictionary contain latin letters only.

 

The small, but really effective dictionary is included into ARCHPR distribution: english.dic (about 240,000 words).


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