B1 Free Archiver

B1 Free Archiver

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 24 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.86
  • Total Downloads:
    29,520
  • Date Added:
    April 17, 2014
  • File Size:
    772.48KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    398
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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File compression and archiving software remains among the most popular downloads, even though Windows integrates a basic but capable compression utility. Aftermarket archive tools tend to be faster, more powerful, and more capable than the Windows utility, and you've got plenty of them to choose from, too -- many of them freeware. We've tried all the big names, including WinZip, 7-Zip, and WinRAR. One tool we haven't tried before is B1 Free Archiver, and we wish we had. This free file compression and archiving solution has a lot going for it, such as wide compatibility with popular archive file types, strong security features such as encryption, and plenty of support, including user and developer communities. B1 has most of the features that the competition offers, starting with Explorer menu integration. But B1 is easier to use than a lot of tools with similar capabilities, including not only the popular freeware but also some powerful shareware packages, too.

Installing B1 presents the user with a Welcome screen that starts with language options. A setup wizard walked us through each step, though experienced users can simply skip to B1's user interface. We used the wizard, which began by defining double-click action and includes options such as password protection and compression settings. B1's file associations include the most popular formats like ZIP and RAR as well as its own B1 extension, and it also opens 7-Zip's file format, 7Z. It's also possible to configure B1 to extract files to a preselected archive with a single click. The Welcome wizard closed, and we turned our attention to B1's well-designed user interface, which displayed a file list below an equally well-configured toolbar. Three buttons manage most of the action: Create, Open, and Extract, plus a Help button accessing an extensive Help file. We extracted ZIP and 7Z files and also compressed and uncompressed archives in the B1 format. Pop-ups simplify the process of setting up each step. We also like the B1 format's powerful compression ratio.

As we noted, we're impressed by B1 Free Archiver. Anyone looking for a good compression utility should give it a try.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 4 stars

    "Awesome !!"

    August 23, 2014   |   By 17299271

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.5.86

    Pros

    Awesome product. Repairs all damaged zip files.

    Cons

    Nil. Not found any as such.

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  • 4 stars

    "This is awesome! It needs more recognition."

    July 02, 2014   |   By Not-My-Problem

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.5.86

    Pros

    Fast file compression and extraction.
    Supports many formats.
    Easier to use than other similar programs.
    Elegant, nice look.
    Free!!!!

    Cons

    No option to extract from broken archives, or fix them, which WinRAR has.
    If one file in an archive is broken, B1 considers the entire archive corrupted.
    WinRAR seems a tab bit faster, but beggars can't be choosers.

    Summary

    B1 Archiver deserves way more recognition than it currently has. It's fast and easy to use. It is free. I work with some files which B1 confuses as broken, so I'd prefer WinRAR for advanced use. This is nice for extracting normal stuff like videos, though. It has support for many languages, and the setup's very fast. No optional software is offered (which is nice). Definitely download this, or 7-Zip, if you want a good and free compression software.

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  • 3 stars

    "Does the job, but is very suspicious..."

    June 02, 2014   |   By Pikangie

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.5.86

    Pros

    Can open .B1 files.

    Cons

    Everything else it can do, Winrar or 7zip can do much faster and without "downloading" stuff when you install/uninstall...

    Summary

    I downloaded this because I needed to open a .b1 file, and right away I noticed it was strange.

    When you install, it apparently requires an internet connection to do so, and it takes a long time. Whenever you actually open and use the program, it takes awhile to load up, as well.

    Also, if you unchecked the file extensions you didn't want to associate it with, well it doesn't seem to care.
    It will make every .zip, .7z, and .rar open with this sluggish program by default, and you will have to go back and reset all of that manually. :(

    When you uninstall it, it will have this weird "Downloading..." text on the uninstaller, like... What is it downloading? Spyware? Malware? Nothing should be downloaded when you uninstall a program, especially without permission or warning! I don't know if it actually did or not, because it didn't say where anything would be downloaded, and nothing happened after... well let's hope it's not a virus...

    Overall, I do not recommend using this, unless you DESPERATELY need to open a .b1 file, and can't find any alternative.

    Updated on Jun 2, 2014

    I honestly do not know how it got so many 5 star ratings... Unless maybe people were bribed, or they have never ever used other safer archivers?

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  • 5 stars

    "Will unzip files with illegal characters in their name"

    October 02, 2013   |   By dtremper

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.2.54

    Pros

    Very fast. I needed to unzip a file that had a colon in its name. Winzip refused do it, and I couldn't find a work-around to force it. B1 Free Archiver solved my problem.

    Cons

    I couldn't find one.

    Summary

    It works perfectly.

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  • 1 stars

    "Total non-recommend"

    September 16, 2013   |   By OAlx

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.1

    Pros

    It can do the "B1"-format.

    Cons

    - Extremely intransparent installation procedure, that will lead to a download of ca. 10 MB.
    - Extremely slow
    - I could not get it to work within 10 minutes on Windows XPSP3 (I consider myself a highly experienced user)
    - Takes on file associations - despite explicitly telling the program other wise on setup - and allocates icons without asking - which is a gross super no-no!

    Summary

    By a order of magnitude, the worst archiver I have ever encountered.

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy and Quick - No Malware No Extra Clicks"

    September 12, 2013   |   By Ariesto1

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.1

    Pros

    *Extract to folder using right-click in Windows
    *Rename extraction
    *FREE
    *NO MALWARE

    Cons

    *No cons, seriously!

    Summary

    My previous extractor started great, but lately started installing malware. I am so glad that I tried B1. It does exactly what I need. I would call it a no-frills extraction, but it actually has quite a few tricks that I like. I plan on being a loyal advocate for years to come. Very happy.

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  • 5 stars

    "first-rate archiving utility"

    June 20, 2013   |   By bucamaranga

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.1

    Pros

    great thanks to developers, the tool works perfect and smooth, no problems using it neither in windows nor on android

    Cons

    sorry can't say anything bad about it

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  • 5 stars

    "wonderful app"

    June 06, 2013   |   By Kasiaaaamr

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.0.37

    Pros

    I loved it the very minute I launched it. The design and the look are really great and it works great, of course.

    Cons

    bad there is no version for iOS, I wish I could upgrade my iphone with it..

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  • 5 stars

    "very useful tool"

    May 21, 2013   |   By ruithegreat

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.0.37

    Pros

    it is one of the best compressors I've ever used. absolutely free and clean, and works really fast

    Cons

    can't say anything bad about it. Yet

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  • 5 stars

    "best archiver I've ever used"

    May 17, 2013   |   By Rouxxxl

    Version: B1 Free Archiver 1.0.37

    Pros

    it's really one of the best archivers I've ever used. You know what button to push and what to do next as soon as you see it. indeed easy and handy

    Cons

    don't know what to write here, totally satisfied

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    General
    Publisher Catalina Group
    Publisher web site http://b1.org
    Release Date April 17, 2014
    Date Added April 17, 2014
    Version 1.5.86
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Compression
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 772.48KB
    File Name B1FreeArchiver_1.5.86.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 29,520
    Downloads Last Week 398
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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