Originally Posted by wallcraft
Note that a password to open a PDF is sometimes called a "User Password", and it is the harder of the two kinds of PDF passwords to recover (the other restricts printing and copying).
Since you have the password, it is possible that a 3rd party PDF reader will allow you to save a password free version without going through the "recovery" process.
Sounds like a User Password on my doc. Thanks for the ideas I can investigate.