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Last Updated February 20, 2005
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Added 10/31/04
“Found this freeware tool with new added features. New in this build: 4 more file formats = 35 (Added ISO, BIN, LCD, BH [2]) + Command Line functionality for scripting. ALZip is a very light application and will run very happily on even very old and slow hardware. On newer and faster machines ALZip is blazing fast.” By ALTOOLS. (Recommended by Kai Richter)
CHAOS Self Extractor
Added 4/22/05
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. “Creates self-extracting files for Windows — executable programs (EXEs) that contain a chaos-file and the software necessary to decompress the contents. Users can decompress the contents of a self-extracting chaos-files simply by running it like any other program. No other software is needed. These self-extracting chaos files are ideal to electronically distribute information because they contain multiple compressed files and folders.” By Safe Soft Corporation. (Recommended by Alexandr Benson of Safe Soft)
FilZip 3.0
Added 5/9/04
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. “This is a nice extractor program I have been using for six months or so. I have not run into any format that it cannot extract, but I occasionally have a problem extracting certain archives where the resultant file (or folder) is another yet archive that has to be extracted again. It’s tough to describe without hunting down the exact files that gave me trouble. Be sure to hunt down the preferences dialog and disable all nine checkmarks in the top portions of the “shell extension” tab if you don’t like extra Explorer commands showing up uninvited. I don’t like those. ” By Philipp Engel. (Recommended by Daniel Bond)
Added 3/30/04, Updated 2/20/06
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. “Because I have Lunix web servers, I’m regularly dealing with .GZ and .TAR files. This program handles all of these formats: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BZ2, BZA, CAB, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MBF, MIM, PAK, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO. And it does it perfectly for me. There are a bunch of tools as well, some of which I’ve used (Repair Archive, UU/XX/MIME Encode, Encrypt) and others I haven’t tried, but they look interesting (Un-SFX — to stop self-extraction, Archive Format Conversion, and Multi-volume tools). I have this vision of a brilliant eccentric in Bulgaria who has decided that this is his gift to the world. It sure seems like he's made it with care.” By Ivan Zahariev. (Recommended by Jeffrey Kane)
Added 3/5/04
For 9x/NT/2K/XP/2003. “JustZIPit is unique in focusing on extreme interface simplicity (I really liked ZIPMagic). It is aimed at those who just want Zip functionality and do not find horsing around with unecessarily complex Zip interfaces to be a rewarding use of time. See the web page for a long list of built-in features. With full invisible support for Zip-64, JustZIPit is among the most powerful Zip programs available — not just among freeware!” By Chad Jones. (Recommended by the author)
Mr. E.’s Note: I have no need for this on Win XP — I love the fact that .zip files have been been integrated into the file compression features — but I installed this on my Win 2K Server (which has no such native capability) and have a very good impression of it. Bottom line: It unzipped what I needed unzipped. That’s the main reason I installed it. I haven’t tried anything else. One minor peeve is that installing it and having it associated with .zip files doesn’t change the .zip file icon away from the default Windows “unassociated” icon. I can live with that for basic functionality, though (and can change it myself if it bothers me enough).
WinHKI Packer
Added 10/4/04
“Here is a very small packer which uses the latest technology. And it is very simple to use. Compresses 8 formats, extracts 13 formats, zip64 support, splitting and spanning, etc.” By Hanspeter Karl Imp. (Recommended by Kai Richter)
Added 10/31/04
“ZipGenius is the file compression suite you were searching for: free, easy to use, plus it supports more than 20 formats of compressed archives, including RAR, ARJ, ACE, CAB, SQX and the excellent 7-zip.” By Matteo Riso. (Recommended by David Pollack)
AumHa Forums member Decomp adds: “I want to jump in to second this recommendation. I’m using it for quite some time now without problems. This is not just another compression suite like so many others. Here are some other features I like: Safety and privacy section from the Help file - Can encrypt Zip files (CZIP files through CryptoZip 2.1) + 3 cypher algorhythms (Rijndael AES, Blowfish, Twofish) - Can create self-locking and self-erasing CZIP files + self-decrypting archives (SDA) in .EXE format - Password manager - Backup features - Can scan archives through an antivirus program - Suspicious files can be detected - Can create and show Zip file signature.
Added 11/28/03
For 9x/NT/2K/XP. “I found this to be a real handy tool when I was after an unzipper that cost myself no money at all!” By Ken Ward. (Recommended by Skeletor)

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