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Compact, lightweight, and fast, ExtractNow manages to do more with less than other freeware archive utilities: less system resources, less desktop real estate, and less fuss. It can extract most archived files one by one or in batches, including ZIP, 7Z, CAB, TAR, FLV, and many more, including encrypted archives. ExtractNow integrates with Windows Explorer context menus. Recent updates include improved RAR file test mode and extraction.


Light and fast: At just 1.93MB, ExtractNow wastes no resources on anything unnecessary. When it's set up to your satisfaction, ExtractNow can unzip files with a single click.

Plain but efficient: ExtractNow's user interface is nothing more than a list view with three buttons: Settings, Clear, and Extract. But many options can be configured from a Windows-style tabbed settings dialog, including a Drag-and-Drop Exclusion List, Directory Monitoring, and Passwords.

Help: Help includes an extensive Web-based manual with documentation, screenshots, and more.


Help button: The Help button is on the Settings dialog, not the main interface, which could be frustrating for some users, though perhaps placing it under Settings will prompt users to explore ExtractNow's options and maybe even answer their questions.

Bottom Line

ExtractNow is about as far from flashy as freeware gets, but it impresses with performance, not a fancy layout. It's a no-nonsense performer that more than holds its own against far more complex programs that somehow don't seem to do more than ExtractNow does.

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1 stars

"Couldn't get it to work in Windows 8"

October 11, 2014  |  By InsaneTXArtist

 |  Version: ExtractNow 4.8.2


Unknown. I installed it and it ran, but it did nothing when I tried to drag and drop files into it.


Apparently does not agree with Windows 8.


A waste of time to download.

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4 stars


August 07, 2014  |  By Charles Carmichel

 |  Version: ExtractNow 4.8.2


It's not malware!
It's fast and easy to use.


It can only extract files. It can't create them.


This is not malware. I downloaded this and received zero malware. If you don't believe me, then look it up on the other sites. Those who are slandering both this site and the product really need to get a life. Also, in the area I live in slander is against the law, and people have been fined for it.

This does come bundled with 4 PUPs, but they are optional. Just click "Decline," or "Skip," to prevent them from installing and doing something bad. Also, most free stuff has something similar. That's what makes it free. Even the famous 7zip has a PUP (and it's very annoying too).

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5 stars

"Fantastic program!"

May 08, 2014  |  By crazylarryusa

 |  Version: ExtractNow 4.8.2


This program does everything I need it to.


None that I have found.


I have used this program for several years, it has never let me down.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.8.2
Version 4.8.2 includes fix for hang when encountering missing rar archive, test mode with rar extraction, and problems with directory dates
Publisher Nathan Moinvaziri
Publisher web site http://www.extractnow.com/
Release Date March 31, 2014
Date Added April 01, 2014
Version 4.8.2
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Internet Explorer 5.5
Download Information
File Size 1.93MB
File Name extractnow.exe
Total Downloads 2,195,486
Downloads Last Week 2,813
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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