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Giveaway of the day — WowTron PDF Restriction Remover 1.1.1

Easily remove restrictions from Adobe PDF files to copy, edit or print those.
$16.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 60 (74%) 21 (26%) 49 comments

WowTron PDF Restriction Remover 1.1.1 was available as a giveaway on September 24, 2016!

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WowTron PDF Restriction Remover is an affordable PDF restriction remover software to remove restrictions from Adobe PDF files and enable users to copy, edit and print text or images from PDF files. It removes all the PDF restrictions (copy, edit/modify and print) from PDF documents in batch.

Main features:

  • Remove edit, copy, print restrictions from PDF;
  • Remove restrictions from PDF in batch mode;
  • Auto detect user password with password pool.

Please make sure to install the program as admin!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/10; CPU: 1 GHz (multi-core CPUs recommended); At least 128 MB memory; RAM: 1 GB

Publisher:

Wowtron Software, Inc.

Homepage:

http://wowtron.com/pdf-restriction-remover/index.html

File Size:

2.26 MB

Price:

$16.99

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#29

I noticed that this software is a front end/gui for an AGPL'd opensource pdf handling library iTextSharp.DLL see http://itextpdf.com/products/earlierreleases I see no open acknowledgement of iTextSharp project in the program or statement that it is being used in accordance with http://itextpdf.com/Pricing...

That would explain the disparity between the level of programming knowledge demonstrated of the workings of PDF files but the ignorance of the requirements for a properly functioning setup program with it removing different pre-existing products because they don't understand that each product needs a unique identifier GUID and not properly requesting elevated rights or creating start menu shortcuts!

Whether an apropriate license for iTextSharp library to be used in a closed source product has been purchased we cannot know. But the developers are clearly not seasoned proffesional programmers!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

On Win 7 Pro. Right click did not produce the "run as administrator" Need to unpack the file first! Clicked on Setup file then extracted to same folder. Then when right clicked that setup file the admin option appeared. Installed fine then.

Reply   |   Comment by LLeon  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Downloaded, extracted from zip, ran as administrator, ran program, entered registration number, product registered. Too easy. On Windows 10 64bit

Reply   |   Comment by gordon  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Same as Chet Morton in #21. Will not install unless I remove ALL the WowTron software on my Windows 10 computer.

Not installing - - - too much to lose.

This is now a company I do not intend to patronize in the future!

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

I had to save to desktop so I could open and run with admin privelages. I couldn't do it directly from the setup.exe file that opens when you download the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#24

I had WowTron PDF Encryption installed and this program will not install claiming a newer version is already installed. I had to uninstall WowTron PDF Encryption to get this program to install.

Reply   |   Comment by Chet Morton  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Chet Morton, I had no problems installing it.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#23

People do as others have said and extract the files FIRST before installing. I did so and my install went smoothly. If you are having problems with "Run as administrator" then give yourself administrator privileges temporarily.

My password-protected pdfs are at work and installed on my home computer. I won't be able to test until I get to office and bring the documents home Monday.

Reply   |   Comment by boricua  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#22

I am the Windows 7 administrator.
I installed with "Run as administrator" and it installed.

When I enter the registration code, app replies "Success!".
But still shows as unregistered "Register version".

This is not user-friendly. Should I just remove this app and move on?

Also, the app does not produce any shortcuts.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveF  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

DaveF, it produced a desktop shortcut here, no start menu shortcuts though.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Installing was a breeze.
Interface looks slick.
Didn't have a chance to test it, since I don't yet have a PDF with restrictions.

Reply   |   Comment by shrimpocat  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#20

Same problem that so many others have. Can't install.

Reply   |   Comment by Rod  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Had no trouble installing. I unzipped the package, right clicked on set up, hit run as administrator. Then registered with the code in the read me file. Worked perfectly. Thanks for the software!!

Reply   |   Comment by Dawn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Very useful. I didn't even know this was possible. I used this software to unlock all restrictions on pdf files of computer manuals I have bought. Those are big paper books, with their companion CD storing the pdf ebook. Obvisouly, I use the ebooks on screen as my own personal help file for Excel, Word, etc.

The stupid thing is those files are partially locked, with different rights according to the publisher. Some of those allow you to paste comments in the margins of the book, but not to copy bits of it in your own notes. Another publisher would allow you to copy from their books, but not to add comments ! The same limitations might apply for highlighting, creating new bookmarks, highlighting a bookmark to make it stand out, forcing the ebook to open with the bookmarks sidebar open, printing, etc.

It's very irritating not to be able to use a paid-for book the way you want, especially if this involves taking advantage of its digital nature.

Wow Tron PDF Restriction Remover works very simply. "Decrypting" the file takes a few seconds, and lifts all restrictions. All previous comments, hightlitings, linked files, custom bookmarks, etc, that I had been able to add to the files are still there. The resulting file is even a tad smaller.

"Decrypting" creates a copy of the file and appends a "not protected" mention to its name. Open the new file to check that it is OK, delete the old file if you don't need to keep a locked copy, rename the new file to restore the original name, and voilà.

Drawbacks :

- Not optimised for high resolution screens. With my Windows settings, some text is not visible in the GUI.

- The Help menu opens the publisher's website (which is OK), but it does so with Internet Explorer, and not with my default browser, Firefox.

- Working from a non-admin Windows user account, the software has to be run as admin, otherwise it will ask for the registration key everytime it's launched (which strikes me as stupid).

- Some wording in the GUI is not self-explanatory.

- You can't select several files to decrypt them in one go.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

OK, People--read the reviews before you install.

The instructions above clearly say "Please make sure to install the program as admin!"

Several reviewers have pointed out that this means to EXTRACT the downloaded file, then RIGHT CLICK the installation file and select INSTALL AS ADMINISTRATOR.

It isn't sufficient that you are considered an Administrator by your computer or your company or your mother, you have to do the right-click and select thing.

If you do all that and still aren't happy, then say why. If you are happy, say why.

Being unable or unwilling to follow simple instructions shouldn't qualify as a significant review.

I don't think anything shorter than 10 words should qualify as a review either, nor should any review that includes expletives, but it's not my web site.

Information is good, if you don't ignore it.

Reply   |   Comment by Pushmataha  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

Please note that like most programs of this kind, this only works if you have the password already: "If the PDF file is protected by User/Open Password: users need to type the password to unlock the PDF file manually".

Reply   |   Comment by BAW30s  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

It requires us to know the password of any given encrypted pdf, it can accept a simple dictionary listing in what they call a "password pool" but does no manipulation like variations on capitalisation or number <-> letter exchange.

I installed it into a custom location in the Public folder heirachy so did not require admin rights, it dropped an icon onto the desktop but not into the start menu heirachy, not even the Current User branch that does not require admin rights to add items to! The folder browse applets are very basic and does not include special folders like Documents or Pictures unless you navigate to them via the username root. But at least this developer is using a proper folder selection applet and not a bodged file browse applet like a recent previous giveaway used... For me this has extremly limited utility as I don't have any encypted PDF files and not exceptional at what it does... assuming it does what it says it does! The desktop icon will be deleted but the program's small and will remain for now.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

The manifest of setup.exe has incorrect rights access information it uses "asInvoker" instead of "requireAdministrator" and it does not use the setup API to request elevated rights during installation that would have mitigated the oversight in the embedded manifest. To those not understanding why it requires the extra rights when installing software, ALL normal setup programs that wish to write to restricted locations like the Program Files folder heirachy have to have higher than usual rights, even if logged in as an administrator windows by default claws back some rights and only releases them when specificly requested to do so for certain control panel operations and installation operations. Normally we see those requests presented to us as a UAC prompt asking us to either confirm an action or providing an administrators account login credentials. Programs cannot be installed *normally* in Vista and above without that UAC request stage. So unless GAOTD team announce they have corrected the issue, one needs to either install the program into a non-protected location or right click run as an Administrator which will force a UAC prompt in windows vista and above in their default configurations.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, as proof of concept I used Resource Tuner to edit the embeded manifest in the supplied setup.exe in the manner described in my above comment and it resolves the rights issue as expected. Since the executable is unsigned it does not break anything. It does not solve the incomplete install script (not creating a start menu icons) and it confusing other products as different versions of this but that would require re-authoring the installation scripts. This information could be used by GAOTD team to edit the setup.exe and provide a repaired download package.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

To use the run as administrator option you have to unzip the zip file. If you try to run the install within the zip file you don't have the option to run as administrator and the install will fail

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#12

Can not be installed in win 10. This software does not have Microsoft signature on it and can not be run as administrator.

Reply   |   Comment by Ginna  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Installed fine for me when I selected to Run as Administrator. Win 7 64 bit. I don't have a file to sample at this time but I will keep for use at a later time. Thanks GAOTD and Wontron Software.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#10

Same thing here, I'm the Administraror but it still won't let me install, Saying I need admin Privilages. Right click doesn't work as there is no option to run with admin. Maybe someone can explain why all these programs think they are so important that they need Admin Privileges to run. They aren't & don't, so quit programming that way!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Ron Dunn,
>..."Maybe someone can explain why all these programs think they are so important that they need Admin Privileges to run."

They don't need Admin Privileges to install or run obviously, as all the product should do is manipulate a file. Many other products that manipulate PDF files do not need such privileges, but those privileges would guarantee they can remove other software from your system, such as the WowTron Page Organizer. They are hoping you will not notice for awhile. If they can convince you to buy another copy later on, they can make double money off of you. Thankfully, there are other alternatives.

For anyone else that has WowTron Page Organizer, or any other WowTron product, you should avoid installing this program, unless having some PDF restrictions removed is much more important than losing a program already installed.

In my case, I had installed the PDF Encryption 2.1.1 offered here on GOTD on 2016-07-11. When I started the Restriction Remover install, it immediately showed a dialog stating: "A more recent version of WowTron PDF Restriction Remover is already installed on this computer." The background dialog showed
"Searching for related applications
Found application:
{8EBBF6A0-6564-4296-A445-FFF6A207749B}

That registry entry has to do with PDF Encryption 2.1.1. Therefore, that install may have installed the same as today's GOTD offer.

Today's install then proceeded to have an error:
[SEH_AV_READ_BADPTR] ACCESS_VIOLATION (0xc0000005) at address [0x004100b7]
*** Stack Trace (x86) ***
[0x004100b7] -----
[0x00400000] MODULE_BASE_ADDRESS

That error might have been caused because it attempted to remove other WowTron applications, but I had locked the other WowTron programs from being removed. Regardless, today's offer is up to no good if it requires Admin Privilege.

It might be possible to prepare for the program removing other WowTron applications, by saving the registry sections pertaining to other WowTron products (export), then after installing today's program, re-import the entries back to the registry. Likewise, save a copy of the program folders, and application data folders (AppData/Application Data) so they can be restored as well.

WowTron Page Organizer was given away 2016-06-05 on GOTD. It is bad enough that the giveaway version of WowTron Page Organizer would be removed, but it is really disappointing that a "paid-for" version would be removed.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Smith  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

During installation this automatically removes (without asking you) another software named
WowTron PDF Page Organizer Ver 1.1

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

ric, the same happened to me. I installed in its own specific folder but I saw my WowTron PDF Page Organizer folder disappear when the GAOTD of this program was installed. I think GAOTD should respond for this.
I had a lifetime copy of WowTron PDF Page Organizer. Lifetime.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Joad  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#8

ReadMe file references a "GCD" file, which it says is necessary for install, but is not included... Where is it??

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Rob:

You're right to point out that no GCD file is included in the package. (The installation instructions are presumably boilerplate text whose details were not updated for this offer.)

However, if you RIGHT-click on the Install.exe file and select 'Run as Administrator', the program will install as intended.

Reply   |   Comment by Erik K  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Rob,
Erik K is correct. But remember NOT to try to install from the ZIP file, you must extract that file before trying to install the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Pushmataha  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I should have mentioned also that in order to install the program, you first have to unzip the file you downloaded, and only then right-click on the Install.exe file.

Reply   |   Comment by Erik K  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Hi
After extracting the files from the compressed file, I experienced the same installation problem even though I was installing from within an 'Administrator' account!
Like NW (#5) this was overcome (Win10 64bit) by right clicking on the 'Setup' file and selecting 'Run as Adminstrator'. I hope this helps!

Reply   |   Comment by MW  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

MW,

Installing from an administrator account isn't enough, you must right-click the installation file and select "Install as Administrator" to get admin privileges for the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Pushmataha  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

In Win10 I was able to install by running Setup.exe as Admin. Then it did not appear to add to the Start menu, just put an icon in the desktop. In a first test it did remove the annoying Copy restriction of a pdf file.

Reply   |   Comment by Marty  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

Cannot install this software. Installer does not work.

Reply   |   Comment by Nina  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

After using the "Right click on the exe file and "Run as Adminstrator" " option, It installed fine on Win7 64bit.

A great peice of software that will be very useful to me to remove the restrictions in pdf files that just make things a nuisance - such as preventing printing or preventing copying bits of text.

I like that you can set the option of where to save the file.

My suggestions:

1. allow the user to choose the name of the new file. At the moment it creates a new file with (NoProtected-nn-n-n) appended, where nn-n-n seems to be a random string of digits

2. Clicking on "help" on the menu opens the "support" page of the website using Internet explorer.
It would be better if it went to the page with the actual instructions on how to use the program and used my default browser rather than IE

3. There doesn't seem to be any documentation on what the "try passwords" button does nor how to use the "password pool"

Reply   |   Comment by NW  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

NW, The password pool needs to be loaded with passwords before you can use the try passwords feature. You can enter passwords manually or grab a few password lists from the internet and load the files into the password pool.

It would be nice if some basic password lists were included with the program and/or the program was able to do a simple clear password like Simpo PDF password remover.

Reply   |   Comment by SilverDragonSys  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

INstalled OK on WIN10 Pro as admin, but not too sure what good the program is.
I'd hoped, from the description, that I'd be able to open PDF forms (like the ISA enrolment forms) so I can type in the required information) but every PDF I try I get "No Restricted files" so just what good is the program
Suspect I'll just Uninstall and treat it as another GOTD joke offering

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Barnes  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

It doesn't say it adds form-filling capability to a pdf - which seems to be what you want. What is does is remove any restrictions that may be on the pdf, such as a restriction that stops you from printing the file.

Reply   |   Comment by NW  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Doug Barnes, PDF-XChange Editor allows you to fill in the forms

Reply   |   Comment by mcleod55  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Doug Barnes,
For viewing PDF's I use Foxit Reader.
And then it is possible to add text in a PDF.
I have used https://www.isa.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016_ApplicationPacket_Gr9-10.pdf
And added a few words:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/selc38klkddaji3/PDF-text.png?dl=0

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

NW, It does say you can edit .pdf files. I would have thought filling in a form was editing it.

Reply   |   Comment by ilikefree  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

No it doesn't say IT will edit .pdf files. It says it will REMOVE any restrictions that may be there that prevent you from editing the .pdf file. You still need to have your own pdf editing software to actually edit the .pdf file. Whether a .pdf form can be filled in is a feature of the .pdf file when it was created. The fact that you can't fill in a .pdf form is not a RESTRICTION that needs to be removed , it is a FEATURE that was never there in the first place.

Reply   |   Comment by NW  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

John and Geo I had same problem. Solution: Right click on the exe file and "Run as Adminstrator" Worked fine for me after that.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#1

Try to install and, although I log on as admin, I receive message that the installer has insufficient rights to access a specific folder.
Any help?

Reply   |   Comment by Geo  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Geo, See reply to #1 for possible solution.

Reply   |   Comment by Deadman4321  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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