The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 5.1
Advanced Office Password Recovery is a password recovery solution for Microsoft Office products. It is meant to help you when you lost or forgot the password of an Office document. Since it uses recovery methods based on brute force and dictionary files, it is basically a password cracker.
I like the simple interface of Advanced Office Password Recovery as it makes this tool suitable for any kind of users, including novices. Another praiseworthy aspect of this application is the fact that it will recover the passwords for a large variety of types of MS Office files, from the popular Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, to Outlook Macro VBA files, Access databases or even Visio files. The fact that it supports so many different types of files will eliminate your need to obtain additional separate applications to recover the passwords for every different type of Office files. Furthermore, Advanced Office Password Recovery supports files created by any version of Microsoft Office applications, from 2.0 to 2010.
On the other hand, though it provides specific features meant to increase the recovery speed, such as a proprietary hardware acceleration technique, the recovery speed wasn’t great, not even when I tested the cracking of a simple, 4-character password. I can only imagine that for more intricate passwords, the recovery process can take entire hours, regardless of the used cracking method. Anyway, the slow recovery speed is a problem that pretty much all password recovery and cracking tools have.
Briefly, Advanced Office Password Recovery is a handy program that will eventually gets its job done and will help you recover the passwords for almost any kind of Office files.