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IZArc

CNET Editors' review

IZArc modestly bills itself as the ultimate archiving utility--we're not so sure about that "ultimate" bit. Nevertheless, IZArc is definitely one of the best archiving utilities out there. Compatible with a huge number of archive formats, all the major are represented, as well as 7z (from 7-Zip), ISO, BH (Black Hole), and TAR, among others. It can create archives for many of the formats it can read, too, including 7z and TAR. It doesn't, however, create GZ archives.

IZArc supports archive encryption as well. AES 128-, 192-, and 256-bit encoding and PKZip 2.0 both are available. The app offers a reasonable range of context-menu options in Explorer, although not as many as some of its competitors. The user interface is more similar to WinZip's than some other alternative archivers, with big, obnoxiously colored icons making it clear to everybody and their dog just which buttons do what--not that that's a bad thing. Overall, IZArc is an excellent example of a third-party publisher supporting multiple formats and options under one roof--but it's not the only option out there.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 218 votes

    • 5 star: 103
    • 4 star: 57
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 42
  • Current version:

    1.0 stars

    out of 15 votes

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this software maker has gone malicious"

    March 29, 2014  |   By PeterPeilunZhu

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    used to be a fine freeware, but now don't use it

    Cons

    This so software used to be fine free one, but now the new version hangs during installation and installed adware that can't be uninstalled. along with a few removable ones.
    It's worthless as a freeware by now.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "4.1.8 CONTAINS MALWARE AND BLOATWARE - 4.1.6 DOES NOT"

    February 19, 2014  |   By Qualin74

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    This is an excellent file archiver. Very easy to use, works with a wide variety of formats, extracts quickly and does exactly what it is supposed to do, provided that you install version 4.1.6 or older.

    IZArc was written so well and it is so bug free that I donated $20 to the developer and complimented them on their hard work.

    Cons

    Versions 4.1.7 and 4.1.8 contain an installer which installs all kinds of extra crap which Sophos Anti-Virus triggers on. You cannot opt out, it will not install the product unless you opt in. This installer includes OpenCandy and SomotoBetterInstaller. These installers push out programs by a third party which can contain malware, such as password keyloggers, toolbars which can slow down your browser and hidden programs which run in the background which will violate your privacy.

    So, please... do NOT download any version of IZArc newer than 4.1.6 and do NOT download the installer directly from the IZArc website. It simply isn't worth it.

    Summary

    Fantastic piece of software before they decided to let OpenCandy ruin it. The older versions work very well.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used to be great! I'd used it for years.... Stay clear!"

    January 23, 2014  |   By olegranny48

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    New version? Non what-so-ever

    Cons

    As previously stated, now packed with a bunch of garbage that you can't opt out of. When I went to update to the latest version because I liked the program so much, I was hit with a window that would install unwanted programs, toolbars etc on my computer - with no way to opt-out! I stopped right there and never installed the update.

    Summary

    What was once an exceptional program has gone to Hades in a hand basket... I don't like a program forcing me to install malware on my computer to get the exceptional program. I'm still using the old version of IZArc, but I am searching for a different program that won't force me into installing malware and then IZArc will be history. It's a shame - the old version was a wonderful program. I would not recommend anybody installing this new version but especially computer newbies who would have no idea what they were getting themselves into.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "In 2008 this was good, now it's malware bait"

    January 18, 2014  |   By MrGrok

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    The old versions work well

    Cons

    Malware laden, unable to avoid loading dodgy adware and the like while installing.

    Summary

    When this editor review was first made in 2008, IZarc was a great program with spyware. No longer the case.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do NOT install this program!"

    January 11, 2014  |   By Babs7759

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    I know of none because I am still busy dealing with the negative results to my laptop after installing.

    Cons

    Comes with a bunch of crap/extra software yu do NOT have the option of opting out of. I have spent the last two hours trying to clean malware off of my machine. I am VERY disappointed that CNet gives this a 5 star rating.

    Summary

    I use to automatically feel secure with a product rated 5 stars by CNet. I will proceed with much more caution in the future.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do Not Install!"

    December 31, 2013  |   By KarynRH

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    IZArc has been my zip utility of choice for several years. It has always been simple, versatile, and efficient.

    Cons

    The program now installs adware that you can't opt out of. Often, when you visit a website (seems like almost any website), the adware will display a "survey opportunity" which promises a free gift after completion. All it really gives you is a choice of three different ads where you will pay full price to receive your "gift." And no, adblockers and popup blockers don't work against it as it opens a new instance of your browser to display the "survey opportunity."

    Summary

    I would happily pay to use IZArc without the garbageware. I would shell out $50 for a clean program of IZArc's quality without blinking and consider it well worth the expense. No program is worth using, even for free, with the garbageware that IZArc now includes.

    I will now go pay some other company for their garbageware-free zip utility.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used to be perfect, now it's an infected mess!"

    December 13, 2013  |   By jgunnink2

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    Used to be a great free option for zip files, rar files, etc.

    Cons

    I just installed it yesterday on one of my other computers and it installed a bunch of tool bars, programs, etc. My avast and spybot were working overtime! I uninstalled everything, I did an avast repair, and now my computer wont start up. So I am backing up my harddrive just in case...NIGHTMARE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The core program is great, but no longer worth loading"

    December 4, 2013  |   By rschulze1

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    Excellent file compression program

    Cons

    Even when carefully replying to prompts to avoid crapware it installs a toolbar in every browser, changes home pages and more.

    Summary

    Not worth the hassles!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus laden, but not hard to fix"

    October 30, 2013  |   By Magicman0729

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    Best freeware Archive manager ever made.

    Cons

    Website's Installer from Ivan Zahariev installs 1 trojan and 1 or more search viruses.

    Summary

    Used to be a great tool but Ivo began packing in viruses with the installer. I have created a clean installer you can e-mail me for if you want a Clean installer (i4cuhere@gmail.com) this installer will only install the program and is tested clean from virustotal.

    https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/267463555a96b5b6ac7b846c0ea2e0641e889a97941066323bdc7f22600bef3b/analysis/1383201286/

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  • 1.0 stars

    "forcesyou to install spyware which hijacks your browser"

    October 29, 2013  |   By serzt

    Version: IZArc 4.1.8

    Pros

    Nothing to mention. 7zip and winrar can already do anything to compress files.

    Cons

    this piece of crap is forcing you to install dozens of spy and virus machines to your computer, DON'T INSTALL IT!! Your browser is hijacked by dosearches. You can use YAC to remove it.

    Summary

    I can't believe this one has got such a high editor rating. I won't trust the editors here again!

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