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RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener

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Much like ZIP files, RAR files are a type of compressed archive file that allows users to transmit large amounts of data in a more compact format. Also like ZIP files, RAR files need special software to be opened. RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener is a basic RAR utility that lets users open RAR files quickly and easily.

The program's interface is basic and a little goofy, featuring a large image of a knife with an ornately carved handle. To un-RAR a file, users simply drag and drop the file onto the program's interface, right-click the file to access RAR File Open Knife from the context menu, or double-click the file to start RAR File Open Knife automatically. The program worked just fine, quickly unpacking everything we threw at it. The built-in Help file is quite lengthy and is really just an unorganized FAQ, although it does provide plenty of information about RAR File Open Knife and RAR files in general. There's even a link to a video tutorial. Our only real complaint about the program was that it's being used as an advertising vehicle for its creator's other projects; three tabs in the interface labeled Gifts, Thanks, and Appreciation contain links to screensavers, e-books, and wallpaper. Although all of this is free, it takes up more space in the program's interface than the program's actual features do. A less cluttered and more professional interface would be an improvement.

RAR File Open Knife installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great for rar files"

    March 19, 2014  |   By jstevens709

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    small utility, fast and works great

    Cons

    there are programs out there that can open more extension types such as zip, cab, xar etc.
    7 zip is quite useful
    http://southwestdude09.net/how-to-open-rar-files/

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GSCopy Pro v6.0"

    November 14, 2013  |   By appel01

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    (RoboCopy Alternative) with Open File Agent

    Cons

    GSCopyPro is a single command-line tool (CLI) that can copy, replicate and move files from one folder to another. This folder can be on the same machine/ server or another server elsewhere.

    Summary

    What makes GSCopyPro stand out from other competitors is the fact it works on 32-bit as well as 64-bit systems and has no restrictions. It can easily be scheduled to run as a scheduled task and fully automated. GSCopyPro also comes with an open file agent which can copy files that are locked/ opened by other processes. This feature is supported in all windows vSCersions from widows XP/ 2003 and later.
    Go To:>> http://www.gurusquad.com/GSCOPYPRO

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware Malware"

    November 4, 2013  |   By def9

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    Well it did unrar an archieve.

    Cons

    It is full of Malware that installed and cost me an entire evening getting rid of it. It not only installs a unwanted toolbar for i.e. and Mozilla it also installs a extension for Chrome all after you telling it you don't want that crap.

    Also it does not uninstall properly leaving crap hidden in your start up areas that will cause errors upon rebooting your pc. It will take yet another program to fix that issue for most users.

    Summary

    I'd say don't use. Buy Winrar itself or grab 7-zip if you want a good free tool to open compressed files.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So Easy, Works, Uncomplicated."

    August 22, 2013  |   By Imogen7Ryan

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    It is perfect, easy to use when it comes to opening RAR files. Such a simple to use program. It works very well.

    Cons

    I have no issues with it.

    Summary

    I've tried more complex RAR openers/archivers and to be honest I just got totally lost in them. And then I found this one and the relief was huge because it's so easy to use. Simple and does the job - Piece of cake.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Password only bad thing"

    July 29, 2013  |   By noosey

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    Extracts most files

    Cons

    I don't know the password!!!!>:(

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very useful - once "extras" skipped & help unravelled!"

    May 15, 2013  |   By copernist

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    Excellent value for no money at all... thank you.

    Cons

    I only wanted the opener and it took some time to convince the instal beast of my determination. For a simplistic mind like mine, the guide was not quite as helpful as it should have been. Please think of us all as "absolute beginners". Those who aren't will understand, I'm sure.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice program"

    April 12, 2013  |   By dricoooo

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    small and lightweight

    Cons

    free to use

    Summary

    i ended up using 7 zip
    <a href="http://easyguyevo.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-open-rar-files-on-windows">How to open rar files</a>

    Updated on Apr 12, 2013

    used 7 zip
    http://easyguyevo.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-open-rar-files-on-windows

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Did not work well for me."

    February 19, 2013  |   By luke1942

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    did now work for me.

    Cons

    did not work .

    Summary

    I unstall it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked Great"

    February 19, 2013  |   By lytnbug

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    Does what it is supposed to and can't beat the price

    Cons

    None that I could find

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It Works. Easy. Free."

    February 9, 2013  |   By LadyGaia

    Version: RAR File Open Knife - Free Opener 3.5

    Pros

    Easy as 1-2-3. Click the "Unrar..." button, choose your file and you are done. RAR File Open Knife opens them all:

    * Opens all standard RAR files (including latest RAR file format version 4+).
    * Opens all multipart/splitted/multivolume RAR files (.r00, .r01 etc. and .part1.rar, part2.rar etc.).
    * Opens all self-extracting RAR files.
    * Opens all password protected/encrypted RAR files.
    * Opens even hidden RAR files like .cbr and others...

    If you want to open a rar file - this is your tool. ;-)

    Cons

    Does not have an automatic update routine, but I see that rather as pro, since it does not annoy me all the time with update pop ups.

    Summary

    Easy. Free. Works. :-)

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