After a little digging and some trial and error I found a method to decrypt secured PDF files, sealed PDFs, and encrypted PDFs so that you can enjoy them on any device without restrictions.
Step 1: Download and Install Applications. Before you proceed you will need several applications in order for this to work. All applications have been tested and can be removed after you hacked the PDF files.
IMPORTANT Remember to remove all paper from the printers paper tray. This is necessary so that you can access the temporary spool file for the following steps. 2. Select the fake printer we created and click OK to print the SPDF.
Note: The PDF files you wish to extract must have printing enabled for this to work. Also because we pass the print spool to a PDF the document will lose the ability to search etc.
This spool file is slowly fed to the printer as it is printing. When you print an SPDF (secured PDF file) the spool file is unencrypted unlike the SPDF file so what we do is grab that spool file and print it to a PDF.
Foxit ( download ) This application is used to print the spool file to an unrestricted PDF. SPLV iew ( download ) : This is used to open the spool files so that we can print it to the PDF printer.
9. When the Print dialog box opens choose Foxit PDF Printer from the printer list. 10. Click OK to print the file. Select a save location and save the file. Step 4: Enjoy Your PDF Voila!
How This Works Spool files exist to hold information that is on its way to a location on your computer, in this case your printer. Because a printer can only print one item at a time the computer creates a spool file that contains the.
This will create the spool files necessary to extract the SPDF in the next set of steps. Make sure that the print job was completely sent before proceeding to the next step.
I will use the guide below to explain to you how this works and show you how to hack your secured PDFs. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form at the end of the article.
Step 3: Open SPLV iew to Print the Spool File. Open the SPLV iew application. Note : Spool files (.spl ) are located in C: Windows System32 spool PRINTERS. 3. Click on File in SPLV iew.
4. Click Job List from the menu. 5. Select the Print Job you sent in Step 2 above. 6. Click on the Open Jobs button. 7. When the print job opens you will notice that it is the SPDF file you printed.