In this article, we will review some of the best, must have archive managers for Windows. We use extractors and archive managers to extract compressed files as well as to create them. There are tons of archive managers available in market, free as well as paid. After testing a lot of them based on compression ratios, supported formats, encryptions, file manager and localization, we put down the three best and free ones out there.
First one we have in list is 7 Zip. It is a file manager, archiver and extractor with high compression ratio and a number of different supported format. It is known for better compression ratio when it comes to ZIP and GZIP formats. Strong encryptions and self extracting capabilities make 7 Zip stand out. It works in Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT / ME / 98.
Universal Extractor, is a program created for the same kind of need. To decompress and extract files from any archive or installer. UE almost extracts any format. It cannot create archives, therefore cannot replace extractors like 7 Zip. The basic concept was to create an easy way to extract files from different kind of installation packages. UE is a preference of many!
IZarc, is another recommended free archive utility which supports a number of different formats. It consists of friendly interface and provides full support for most compressed and encoded files with added features and different tools. Create multiple archives spanning disks, repair damaged archives, convert archives, self extracting archives and more with IZArc. It can be configured to run Anti-Virus scanner, and supports encryption.
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