Hamster Lite Archiver

Hamster Lite Archiver

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 148 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.0.5
  • Total Downloads:
    3,662,003
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 2011
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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We've been big fans of WinZip utilities for years, and that didn't change when Microsoft bundled a zip tool in Windows. They generally share some characteristics: they're free, for instance, and they integrate with context menus in Windows. They not only zip and unzip files but also handle other archive types, and they often have extra features such as the ability to split and merge files. We've tried them all, or thought we had until we encountered Hamster Free ZIP Archiver. It has an attractive, up-to-date look, and it can pack and unpack ZIP, 7Zip, GZIP, BZIP2, and TAR files, and unzip many more types.

We downloaded and ran Hamster's installer, which downloaded and installed the program files. The program's interface has the colorful look and large, clearly labeled buttons of a tool designed to be extremely easy to use by a wide range of people. We approve, since zipping and unzipping files and archives is something many new users tend to find intimidating. Hamster starts off with clear instructions and icons describing how to add files by dragging and dropping or browsing. We selected our archive type and compression level and pressed Compress. The program prompted us to select an output directory, and a labeled progress bar tracked our job, which finished with a log file. We clicked Open and selected a compressed archive to extract. We clicked Extract, and Hamster quickly extracted our archive to our selected destination. The thing we like best about WinZippers is the ability to right-click a file and select our zip options directly from the context menu. With Hamster, we could zip files, add them to archives, and split them from Windows context menus.

Hamster Free ZIP Archive has widespread appeal, offering a nice blend of simplicity and power. It's specifically designed to be friendly and safe to use, too; according to the developer, it was tested on more than 1 million hamsters, none of whom were harmed.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 91 votes

    • 5 star 52
    • 4 star 33
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 148 votes

    • 5 star 64
    • 4 star 43
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 38
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5 stars

"Fast, easy to unpack and archive"

November 17, 2011  |  By pollukas

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

Fast, easy to unpack and archive

Cons

Fast, easy to unpack and archive

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4 stars

"good easy to use"

November 12, 2011  |  By hsipahi

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

no problems, easy to use, fast

Cons

no problems detected by me

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5 stars

"does what it's suppose to"

November 11, 2011  |  By pathak21

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

pretty fast and easy to use

Cons

no no no no and no

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4 stars

"Vry good, but no better than justZipit in my mind"

November 09, 2011  |  By snedssenior

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

Clear images, no "clutter", easy and effective to use.

Cons

None that really bothered me - it's a good programme

Summary

A useful tool, but as stated I think there are other "freebies" that do a good job.

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1 stars

"Hamster put ads all over my desktop, etc"

November 04, 2011  |  By mgcollis

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

Probably OK for a non-newby user who does not mind ads for Hamster.

Cons

To complicated... Needs an easy to find text file of instructions for the newby... the video did not explain what was happening.
Worse, all new ziped/unziped desktop files were Hamster ads... ads that made it hard to track which files were which. Hamster also took over the default spot for some open with actions...
Installed it then tried to uninstall it same day... but parts of hamster would not uninstall... because Hamster claimed it was running in explorer... eventually found some files that Hamster had made in obscure explorer temp folders... once manually deleted... was then able to erase ... I hope... the last traces of Hamster...

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5 stars

"Very good!"

October 27, 2011  |  By baileyronny283

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

Easy to use, and kept in background!

Cons

None, I can think of. Maybe the price

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5 stars

"Works great!"

October 24, 2011  |  By gampenikolasg

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

Small program, works very fast, does the job quickly and accurately

Cons

I couldn't find any

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5 stars

"really a wonder"

October 19, 2011  |  By atlelovendahl

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

I think this software is a good one,because it has so many advantages than others,I have benefit a lot from this program,you can have a try

Cons

nothing I dislike

Summary

I am sure you will not regret your choice,take action at once

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1 stars

"went viral"

October 17, 2011  |  By jean_frisco_gypsy

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

installed itself.

Cons

Clicked to open 2 learn how to use it/nothing opened. But soon the icon was popping up on anything else I clicked on.
NO UNINSTALL.
tried windows uninstall/No go
Tried to uninstall manually/pop up kept saying it was open in another file.
I just couldn't find THAT open file. I had nothing else open.
Puter is headed to be fixed.

Summary

I wouldn't touch this product for a million!!!
I've ALWAYS trusted items I've gotten off C-Net downloads.
This was a first for me.
Seems others had better luck with this Hamster then I did.

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4 stars

"Works better than WinAce, for me...I like it"

October 14, 2011  |  By rwpitts

 |  Version: Hamster Lite Archiver 1.2.0.5

Pros

Easy to use, fairly fast, and no damaged file messages so far

Cons

none so far

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2.0.5
Version 1.2.0.5 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Hamstersoft
Publisher web site http://www.hamstersoft.com
Release Date April 19, 2011
Date Added May 30, 2011
Version 1.2.0.5
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,662,003
Downloads Last Week 11
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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