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WinRAR
WinRAR
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(15,261 votes)
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WinRAR is a powerful archive manager for Windows OS. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. WinRAR supports files and archives up to 8,589 billion gigabytes in size. The number of archived files is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.

7-Zip
7-Zip
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(6,332 votes)
Open source

In a market where WinZip and WinRAR act as if they had the exclusive on file compression, 7-Zip offers you an open-source solution with all the main features present in those two competitors, with the same support for all the most common archive file formats (ZIP and RAR included), and none of the drawbacks associated to a price tag.

WinZip
WinZip
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(1,658 votes)
Shareware

WinZip allows you to create, edit, and extract ZIP and other archive file formats. It uses the popular AES encryption for safe file sharing. Present version comes with Office to PDF conversion, watermarking, PDF security settings, etc. You can easily change the WinZip interface to hide or show the features you need.

IZArc
IZArc
User rating:
(164 votes)
Freeware

IZArc is a free-to-use way to zip, unzip and encrypt files. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more.

jZip
jZip
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(107 votes)
Freeware

jZip can be used to compress or extract files and folders and save as ZIP, TAR, GZip, and 7-Zip files. It can also be used to extract file formats such as RAR and ISO. The program has a simple interface. After installing the application, you can choose the file types that should be associated with the program.

PeaZip
PeaZip
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(105 votes)
Freeware

Free ZIP files utility, encrypt and split files, open and extract RAR, 7Z, ACE, CAB, BZ2, ISO, JAR, GZ, LHA, PAQ, PEA, sfx, TAR, ZIP/ZIPX files and many more archive types (150+ formats). Portable and Open Source, PeaZip runs on Windows, Linux, BSD.

ALZip
ALZip
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(131 votes)
Freeware

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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(69 votes)
Shareware

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.

Universal Extractor
Universal Extractor
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(114 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.

Pdf995
Pdf995
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(48 votes)
Freeware

Pdf995 is a complete solution for your document publishing. Its easy-to-use interface helps you to create PDF files by simply selecting the "print" command from any application, creating documents which can be viewed on any computer with a PDF viewer. Pdf995 supports network file saving, shared printing, Citrix/Terminal Server, custom page sizes and large format printing.

FreeArc
FreeArc
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(39 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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(22 votes)
Freeware

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.

ZipGenius
ZipGenius
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(57 votes)
Freeware

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)
Shareware

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)
Shareware

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)
Freeware

Free RAR Extract Frog is a skinable rar extractor that offers extraction of standard RARs, spanned archives and helps with the decompression of password protected RAR files. You can start the extraction of a RAR file by drag and drop, double click or shell integrated context menu.

KGB Archiver
KGB Archiver
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(73 votes)
Freeware

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.

PKZIP Server for Windows
PKZIP Server for Windows
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(6 votes)
Shareware

PKZIP Server provides data compression and file management to reduce file size, save valuable storage space, and reduce transmission times on UNIX®, Linux®, and Windows® servers. Built on the familiar and reliable .ZIP standard, SecureZIP is a data-centric security product that allows you to encrypt information on one computing platform and transfer it to any other computing platform...

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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(14 votes)
Freeware

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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(20 votes)
Shareware

WinZip Courier is an app that allows you to send large emails. Main features: - Break through email size limits. - Easily zip and encrypt attachments for safe delivery. - Share seamlessly from your email using leading cloud services. - Convert to PDF, add watermarks and resize images.

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver
Hamster Free ZIP Archiver
User rating:
(28 votes)
Freeware

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver is a program that uses a powerful Zip algorithm for archiving. You can easily pack up archives of any size required or make your own settings. The program takes full advantage of multi-core processors when creating zip-archives.

B1 Free Archiver
B1 Free Archiver
User rating:
(38 votes)
Open source

This is an archive manager with its own open-source compressed file format (B1). You can protect your data with 256 bit AES encryption algorithm. This program also supports popular formats including ZIP, JAR, ISO, 7Z, and ISO. It has a simple and intuitive interface with a directory browser.

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.