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Par-N-Rar

CNET Editors' review

This invaluable repair and extraction tool for PAR and RAR suffers from one odd quirk. Par-N-Rar's simple, clean interface needs only a click or two to operate. Installing and setting options for this app is easily accomplished. Novice users can learn the program's features quickly with the single-page Help file.

Operating Par-N-Rar is a mere matter of choosing a directory and pressing a single button. During setup, users select a monitor directory. After first start, the app will check the monitored directory for RAR, PAR, PAR2, SFV, and MD5 at a user-set interval.

Pressing Go sets the app to begin scanning the directory and any subdirectory. The program's single problem occurs just before the scan. Pressing Go first displays a question dialog. The app asks users if they would like to verify files only, with a Yes or No option. Our testers found that the app would repair and extract no matter which button was pressed.

The scan, repair, and extraction process is very quick. Based on set options, the app places found files into the chosen directory and, if set, deletes original RAR files and blank directories.

System administrators responsible for large numbers of RAR files will find this tool's unattended operation invaluable. Any other user who deals with PAR or RAR files is still going to appreciate how well this freeware simplifies extracting monitored files.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1.0 stars

    "freeride games gets downloaded with this program."

    December 18, 2012  |   By gautam1267

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    None - The "Par-N-Rar" program was not that great

    Cons

    freeride games gets downloaded while downloading this program. Still am having a tough time trying to get rid of the "freeride games." Tried to remove the program from control device, somehow it never gets removed. Haven't found a solution yet to remove this pesky programs with it's pop-ups.

    The "Par-N-Rar" program was not that great either.

    Summary

    Note to the editor. Please remove "freeride games" from your site & please ensure that program "freeride games" is not downloaded with any other program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Par-N-Rawr!!"

    January 2, 2012  |   By Stones222

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    Warp speed! 1-2-3 simple steps opening the flood gates for less computer savvy audiences.

    Cons

    Just need to add more features (eg.repair) and bit of programming TLC and you got a top notch product.

    Summary

    Very useful if used with QuickPar for the repair and Par-N-Rar for the extraction.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A very simple dumy proof substitute for QuickPar."

    November 13, 2010  |   By bryan762

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    Being a newbie to pay for service NZB high-speed downloading and the relationships & functions behind a downloads associated PAR files this program completes the task of verifying said files with out the how's, why's and ware fors. DOWNLOAD COMPLETE.

    Cons

    No cons that any newbie could readily recognize. Though a more experienced user could no doubt take issue with the "simplicity" of this program the UI precludes finding any "obvious" faults.

    Summary

    The products features and options are extremely spartan. Limited to choice of directory to monitor for PAR files, extract too, and move non-rar to choice of directory. Deletes compressed files when done and move to recycle bin option. Also checks sub-folders of monitored directory. You can set resource use from priority to low level background ops. Minimizes to system tray and one or two other options. Very Spartan. But so easy to use it's ridiculous.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lame. look elsewhere"

    September 7, 2010  |   By terryrpw

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    Its free but its just not worth it

    Cons

    Error reporting too vague. After proecesing 1 multiple RAR zip set which #38 was bad, it displays "extracting" for a long while, then the ubitiquous message "Can Not extract"....no reason, no explanation, nothing

    Summary

    This program needs a lot of work before it should be offered. The reason its free is because its pretty useless

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  • 2.0 stars

    "nothing special"

    August 27, 2010  |   By grifoo16

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    unpacks as other similar apps do and sometimes let you see content of rar file which it can't open

    Cons

    Doesn't repair RAR.. Occasional glimpses of unopened parts of file are useful but it's not enough

    Summary

    Opens well, repairs bad.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It just doesent get any easier than this."

    October 30, 2009  |   By streetcop63

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    Very fast.

    Cons

    none I have found

    Summary

    It just doesent get any easier than this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great utility. Better than priced ones."

    December 22, 2008  |   By jaredzusmc

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    Easy. User interface friendly. Does not hog up CPU usage, and in my opinion, better than QuickPar.

    Cons

    Not very many options or customizations available. But Pros greatly out weigh any cons.

    Summary

    Great. Reliable, FREE, Environment friendly, Bio-degradable, does not crash as other similar apps. do.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best unRAR Utility"

    September 8, 2007  |   By csharprocks

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    Easy to use,

    Works,

    Tiny,

    Reliable,

    Free

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  • 5.0 stars

    "3 clicks and the archives were repaired, brilliant!"

    July 27, 2007  |   By AlanMorton

    Version: Par-N-Rar 1.24

    Pros

    This software just worked, it did exactly what i wanted it to do in just 3 clicks and it gave me the option to reduce that to just 2 clicks next time i use it, fantastic util, my compliments to its creators. Well done :)

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