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ALZip

CNET Editors' review

If you're looking for one tool that can handle a myriad of compression methods, from RAR and ZIP to TAR and TGZ and nearly 30 other formats, ALZip just might be for you. In fact, archive format support is ALZip's forte. It'll even open ISO and other CD images. All the usual archive application options are here, as well: context menu additions, password protections, virus scanner integration, and assistance in creating self-extracting archives.

The interface looks modern and is well-designed, with archive contents displayed as icons, in a list or in a detailed spreadsheet-style grid. There are 14 criteria by which you can sort files, the program supports 21 languages, there's a test function to make sure the archive works, and you can save in eight formats. We also like the bird-egg icons--a small touch, to be sure, but they show that aesthetics are still important, even in freeware.

This program leaves a slightly larger footprint than WinZip, but since we're talking about a difference of 2MB we think it's worth giving ALZip a chance to fly.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 186 votes

    • 5 star: 96
    • 4 star: 51
    • 3 star: 19
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Program Ever"

    September 7, 2012  |   By DeimosSobek

    Version: ALZip 8.51

    Pros

    There is just nothing like it.

    Cons

    A few if you are a power user, and none if you are just a normal user.

    Other than that... The EGG format is a little slow but does have the BEST compression. I wouldn't use it on small files < 1GB, however anything > 4GB I would recommend it if you NEED space on your hard drive.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent priduct"

    April 2, 2012  |   By littlegold

    Version: ALZip 8.51

    Pros

    Fast and reliable

    Cons

    None for an average user

    Summary

    Try it for yourself and decide.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Old Versions Good -- new is worse than a virus!"

    November 30, 2011  |   By BlackJar72

    Version: ALZip 8.51

    Pros

    Zips and unzips lot of formats and is easy to use.

    Cons

    It associates itself with *.jar files (Java archives) and opens them -- these are supposed to be opened as run by the Java virtual machine as executables. Thus, it breaks Java and all Java programs!!! Worse, changing its options doesn't work -- take jar of the list, then go back, and its still / back on it! It keeps doing this and keeps breaking Java. I uninstalled it after one use.

    Another major problem is with the manufacturer -- they sell registrations, taking your money, but don't actually give the registration code -- thus, they steal from you, taking your money and not letting you register the software!

    Summary

    This program ruins computers -- I seriously don't see it as any better than installing a virus, since, like a virus it ruins your computers operation. Don't install this program, keep it away from your computer. And whatever you do, don't pay money for it!!!!!

    I give it half a star only because CNet wouldn't let me give it zero (or less).

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