QuickZIP is fast and free

Upgrade Windows' file-zipping power with this free app.

Once upon a time, Windows lacked a built-in zip tool, and developers responded with some classic file-compression utilities that are still around, still free, and still a better choice than the built-in zip utility Windows has offered for some time now. We've tried them all at some point, including Securenet's QuickZIP, which boasts a higher compression ratio than some other tools, as much as 10 percent. It also offers 256-bit AES encryption and widespread compatibility with other zip utilities like 7Zip as well as most compressed file types.

QuickZIP integrates with shell context menus in Windows and lets users choose file associations. It also enables cascading menus and selectable entries, meaning you can access a lot of useful stuff simply by right-clicking a file and selecting QuickZIP's menu. We could also specify a directory for the program's temporary file, designate a text editor, add grid lines, and other options. The program's main interface is very plain but not unattractive, with bright-red buttons to add a touch of color to what is after all a place of business; you won't be lingering over your lists of extracted files, we guess. If you make QuickZIP your default file compression utility, most of the time you'll only see it when you need to zip or unzip a file, which means it either opens automatically or when you right-click a file to compress. We extracted some .zip and .7z for starters. QuickZIP is indeed quick, extracting our files in no time. Of course, how quickly a tool like QuickZIP will work for you depends on your system and the source files, and we're not saying it's faster than the other tools. But we ran some informal comparisons against the Windows file compression tool, and we did achieve about 10 percent greater compression.

We're quite familiar with using QuickZIP as the default compression tool in Windows, and it's a definite upgrade over the built-in app, both in speed and strength. Since it's free, as are the others, you have nothing to lose by trying them yourself. We're sure you won't go wrong with QuickZIP.

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