I ran the 0.9 demo version. The 15362.th key was successful and guaword displayed the question: \"Would you like to decrypt now?\" Then the command prompt appeared again and I cannot apply the suggested method to rerun the program with the found key number - guaword simply starts to run from the key number 0 again even if I provide the correct key number as input argument.
This was frustrating and not successful.
User PatMO wrote about ver. 1.7 2011-12-31
this files uses weak (XOR) encryption
you don't need this program
So what do I do now ? !!!
User Florian wrote about ver. 1.6 2008-04-13
really nice and fast tool. using the 5 client version. this is the tool i was looking for years now. My rating:5
User Lance Zechinato wrote about ver. 1.5 2006-04-18
Follow-up. I purchased and ran guaword.exe sporadically over the past month as opportunity allowed. When the decryption process got all the way up to the 15900s, I began to wonder whether my document would, in fact, be decrypted by GuaWord. I let it run overnight (like I had been recently), and in the lower 16000s GuaWord found the appropriate key and I was able to decrypt the document.
After GuaWord decrypted the document, Word 2003 still asked for a password, but this time only to editing. I clicked the [View Only] button, and was able to read my old document at last! :) Excellent. Very impressed and very happy.
User Lance Zechinato wrote about ver. 1.5 2006-03-13
Contrary to the comments of user "akxes" above, version 1.5 couldn't be simpler to user. The document named "readme" (no extension) contains only seven simple steps, and nothing else. The verbose document to which the user refers is a file named "guaword.txt". Yes, that document is verbose, but the demo version includes the extremely easy-to-understand "readme". That is the only document to which I referred when testing the application for the first time.
Anyway, I am running the application now in an attempt to recover an old password-protected journal of mine from 1999 whose password I have long forgotten. That journal contained some valuable poetry and descriptions of life as I knew it then. I'm looking forward to recovering this journal. According to the guaword.exe stdout verbiage, the application will take about eight days to complete.
I created a batch file named decrypt_journal.bat that contains the following:
guaword.exe /1 journal.doc
This will allow me to resume processing later if I terminate the application using Ctrl-Break (which I certainly will; I need to pack up my computer at the end of the workday to take it home, and vice versa to bring it to work).
More feedback if/when I recover my file. :) My rating:4
User firstname.lastname@example.org wrote about ver. 1.5 2005-12-08
the demo is too complicated and individual users who only know the basic of using a somputer will not be able to make much sense out of the techy lingo in the 22Kb guaword txt file.
shud have made it more easier and user friendly. useless software for people who dont know the dynamics of Dos. My rating:1
User Jerry Winslow wrote about ver. 1.5 2005-11-27
Fast, but doesn"t work with old (e.g., Word 95) files. My rating:5