WinRAR is a must-have application that has the ability to replace all
the other compression tools, providing support for most compression formats,
including RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip.
After many years on the market, it's pretty clear that WinRAR is one of the most
useful applications out there, although there are a bunch of developers who
tried to steal the lion's share in this particular software segment with some
free utilities. In case you are looking for dedicated tools to secure your
files, you can always protect your data with a password, while the “Repair”
function comes in handy whenever you try to fix a broken archive.
Besides the fact that it does a great job when it comes to compressing files,
WinRAR also integrates dedicated features that allow you to manipulate archives
with a single click. You can backup the files you're about to compress, you can
test the archived files and you can even scan the archives for viruses before
decompressing, without putting the data stored on your computer at risk. Sure,
WinRAR has the same old and boring interface, but that's definitely enough for
an application that's selling like hot cakes ever since it reached the Internet.
In our test, the compression and decompression process worked amazingly fast,
and that should happen in your case too, at least if your computer is able to
handle the task. The only problems you could experience are strictly related to
hardware resources, as working with three or four archives at the same time
could be a bit overwhelming for slower computers. What we liked the most was
probably its functionality, as this application allows you to handle the most
popular compression formats using a single interface, with very high speeds
provided by the engine hidden under the hood. The only bad thing is probably its
somewhat classic interface, although most people agree that this is basically
the best way to allow users get in touch with WinRAR's tens of features.