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Free RAR Extractor

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Free RAR Extractor is fine at unpacking compressed files, but it doesn't do anything to help you compress new batches of files. So, if you spend all of your time opening zipped files, you may prefer this widget over a more complex compression option. Otherwise, stick to the big names in zipping like 7zip and PeaZip.

This program unzips compressed files you receive, so you can access all of the individual files inside. Though it name-drops RAR, it supports just about every compression style you can think of, including the popular alternatives to RAR like ZIP. It never took more than a few seconds for Free RAR Extractor to unlock the files we used in testing, which is not bad at all. The app has a stylish menu that would work really well with touchscreen computers, but it doesn't offer a ton of options. This program doesn't let you compress files like other software might, so you're stuck just unlocking folders with the program. By default, it saves your files in the same folder they came from, so you can easily find them later.

It is hard to imagine anyone wanting compression software that only works one way. If you can find a reason to download a one-way program over another zipping program that offers you two-way compression, this is probably the best one you can find, though. We like that Free RAR Extractor is easy to use and is future-focused, thanks to its touch-friendly layout.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AVOID!!! It is loaded with MALWARE"

    December 14, 2013  |   By Kenny_Novak

    Version: Free RAR Extractor 1.2

    Pros

    NONE! Not only is it malware, it doesn't even do what it was supposed to do in the first place.

    Cons

    It screws up all your browsers.

    Summary

    I've reported it and hope this gets removed. I thought I could trust the cnet name, but apparently not. I only wish I had scrolled down to read the horror stories of the others who downloaded this mess.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Never Download Software on 3 Hours of Sleep..."

    October 30, 2013  |   By JonCars

    Version: Free RAR Extractor 1.2

    Pros

    It gave me a chance to flex my skills at removing viruses and malware.

    Cons

    Everything. If you're a masochist, go ahead and download it.

    Summary

    I was trying to test something with an ISO file, which the description of this product claims to be able to extract (but it doesn't). Instead, the only thing it did manage to do successfully is turn my system in to a cesspool, changing everything in all of my browsers, installing endless extensions, and flooding my computer with relentless trogans.

    It's partly my fault, because I should have known better than to look for software when I haven't had much sleep. And, this one had disaster written all over it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING TROGAN"

    April 10, 2013  |   By icuurd12b42

    Version: Free RAR Extractor 1.2

    Pros

    Installs applications and browser tool bar WITHOUT CONSENT that CANOT BE REMOVED

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD TROGANWARE

    Cons

    Installs applications and browser tool bar WITHOUT CONSENT that CANOT BE REMOVED

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD TROGANWARE

    Summary

    Installs applications and browser tool bar WITHOUT CONSENT that CANOT BE REMOVED

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD TROGANWARE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love this software"

    December 8, 2012  |   By guyu73

    Version: Free RAR Extractor 1.2

    Pros

    very convenient, I used it for my ISO files and works amazingly

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    I highly recommend this software

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