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WinRAR
WinRAR
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(15,417 votes)
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Powerful archiver and archive manager. RAR files can usually compress content 8 to 30 percent better than ZIP files. Main features are strong compression, strong AES encryption, archive protection from damage, self-extracting archives and more.

7-Zip
7-Zip
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(6,396 votes)
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7-Zip is a tool for compressing and decompressing files. The program supports archiving of files at high compression ratio. You can password protect and encrypt your files through this software. A benchmark system is present that assess your system compression and decompression speeds.

WinZip
WinZip
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(1,670 votes)
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WinZip lets you create, edit, and extract ZIP and other archive file formats. The program can open all major formats, reduce file size with best-in-class compression, protect with banking-level encryption, access and manage files on your PC, network and clouds, and share by email, IM, social media and cloud.

IZArc
IZArc
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(191 votes)
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IZArc is a Windows utility that helps you create, edit, convert, and extract archive files with minimum effort. The application is very intuitive, works with multiple archive formats, and provides you with the results you need within moments, without slowing down your PC.

Universal Extractor
Universal Extractor
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(177 votes)
Freeware

Universal Extractor is a program designed to decompress and extract files from any type of archive or installer, such as ZIP or RAR files, self-extracting EXE files, application installers, etc. Universal Extractor is not intended to be a general purpose archiving program. Allows you only to extract files from virtually any type of archive, regardless of source, file format, compression method.

jZip
jZip
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(110 votes)
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Based on the open-source 7z compression algorithm, jZip is an excellent free archiving tool that you can use to extract any 7Z, ZIP, RAR, JAR, TAR, ISO, or ARJ archive (among many other formats) and create ZIP, TAR, GZip, and 7Z archives quickly and efficiently. You can add encryption to your archives for extra security, and split or merge any of the supported archive files in a snap.

PeaZip
PeaZip
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(115 votes)
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With support for nearly 190 archive file types, PeaZip is surely one of the most widely used free archive extractor and creator. This open-source development can open nearly any known archive file format, and can compress any file into a 7Z, ARC, PEA, TAR, or ZIP archive quickly and without exhausting your system’s resources. Besides, its native format, PEA, offers an excellent compression ratio.

ALZip
ALZip
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(134 votes)
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ALZip offers you a very simple and easy way to manage archive files, such as ZIP files. While the program can create archives in 8 formats – including ZIP, TAR and JAR – it can open archives in more than 40 popular formats, including RAR, 7Z, ACE, CAB, ISO, and many more. That's why ALZip can perfectly replace any major archive file manager, like WinZIP or WinRAR.

PowerArchiver
PowerArchiver
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(78 votes)
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PowerArchiver is a complete archive utility for Windows. Supported formats include ZIP, ZIPX, RAR, ISO and 20 other file formats. Also includes automated backup and SFX utility. PowerArchiver features Advanced ZIP/ZIPX AES encryption with FIPS 140-2 validation.

Pdf995
Pdf995
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(51 votes)
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PDF is undoubtedly one of the most popular document formats nowadays. The application I am reviewing allows you to create this type of file from any program that supports printing. As many other similar tools available, it does so by installing a virtual printer. Thus, if you know how to print, then you also know how to use PDF995.

FreeArc
FreeArc
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(47 votes)
Freeware

This freeware can help you create and open any kind of archive with an impressive speed and works with both Windows and Linux. A large variety of options are at your disposal that can help you create the archive as compressed and as secure as you want. You also have the possibility of adding comments and protection to the archives.

BandiZip
BandiZip
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(27 votes)
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BandiZip is a powerful file archiver. Although it is less popular than other similar tools, it certainly has many features the developers may boast about. The program supports creating archives in all popular formats, as ZIP, ZIPX, EXE, TAR, TGZ, LZH, ISO and 7Z, and it's absolutely free.

FileOpener
FileOpener
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(4 votes)
Freeware

FileOpener is an application designed to extract zipped or compressed files. It supports most of archive formats, including .rar, .zip, .jar, .arc, .hpx, .lzh, and .cab. The tool works pretty fast. However, it would be more convenient, if you could decompress multiple files at once.

B1 Free Archiver
B1 Free Archiver
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(38 votes)
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Among the various free alternatives that anyone looking for a fast and versatile file compression and archive manager tool should try, B1 Free Archiver is certainly one of the first options on the list. This open-source utility comes with its own archive format – B1 – and can browse, repack, and extract nearly all well-known compression formats and create new B1 and ZIP archive files.

ZipGenius
ZipGenius
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(58 votes)
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ZIP archives are mostly known for their capability to store a large number of files thus helping you save space on your hard drive or USB stick. One program that can help you create and decompress file archives with ease is ZipGenius. A good thing about this application is that it comes with two different interfaces designed for beginner and advanced users.

WinZip Self-Extractor
WinZip Self-Extractor
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(26 votes)
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The interface of WinZip Self-Extractor is actually a “wizard” that lets you create a self-extracting ZIP archive while going through all possible options, one-by-one. I personally think that this step-by-step procedure of creating the self-extracting ZIP files is a big plus, as it allows any kind of users, including the inexperienced ones, to easily operate this tool.

BitZipper
BitZipper
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(48 votes)
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BitZipper is an advanced data compression utility for Windows users. It has a user-friendly interface with highly advanced features that will satisfy both novice and advance users. It supports almost all compression and encoding formats, so users will not find any difficulty handling files compressed with other compression utilities.

Free RAR Extract Frog
Free RAR Extract Frog
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(24 votes)
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Free RAR Extract Frog takes easy RAR extraction and decompression to the next level. It does not matter if the RAR file is a standard one, a multipart RAR file, or a password-protected RAR archive – simply drag it and drop it onto the program’s customizable interface, and it’ll be decompressed for you in a breeze.

KGB Archiver
KGB Archiver
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(74 votes)
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KGB Archiver is the most powerful file compressor known, which can handle zip files, in addition to its own format, KGB. It has an interface that works as a wizard, adds its options to the Windows Explorer, and shows the statistics after compressing / decompressing.

RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener
RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener
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(11 votes)
Freeware

RAR File Open Knife is not a Swiss Army Knife. It is rather like a precious steak knife: very specialised and efficient. The tool only opens RAR archives. As fast as possible. One can open a RAR file by drag 'n' drop, double click or shell integrated context menu. To speed the process up, RAR File Open Knife has the option to define a default output folder and a default password.

HaoZip
HaoZip
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(16 votes)
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HaoZip is an archive program which supports RAR and ZIP files. The settings menu gives you the possibility to change the default theme; in addition it enables you to select the target archiving formats. It also supports decompressing various format files, including .zip,. 7z, and .rar. The program works fast and it is easy to use.

WinZip Courier
WinZip Courier
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WinZip Courier supports sharing large files via email. In this regard, this utility bypasses the size limits of your email server by uploading the files to the cloud and sending the recipient a link instead of an attachment. Moreover, in order to reduce their size, the tool can automatically compress those files using two commonly used archive formats: Zip and ZipX.

WinArchiver
WinArchiver
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(10 votes)
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WinArchiver is a powerful archive manager, which allows you to open, create, and manage archive files. It can process almost all archive formats, including ZIP, RAR, 7z, ISO, and other popular formats. The program can also mount the archive to a virtual drive without extraction.

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver
Hamster Free ZIP Archiver
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(28 votes)
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If looking for a free archive tool that opens a wide variety of archive files and that is capable of creating ZIP and 7-Zip files easily, Hamster Free ZIP Archiver is a very interesting option to consider. It opens and extracts the files of a long list of image and archive file formats, including RAR, TAR, ARJ, ISO, and IMG, among many others.

RarZilla Free Unrar
RarZilla Free Unrar
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(7 votes)
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RarZilla Free Unrar can decompress RAR archives. The program can create a list of passwords that it will automatically try when opening the protected archives. Also, it has a huge limitation: it doesn’t support any other extensions except for RAR and it can’t create archives either.