The Extractor

The Extractor


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 101 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.2
File Size:
3.81MB
Date Added:
June 24, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
637,846
Downloads Last Week:
1,539
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

The Extractor brings ZIP and RAR compatibility, extraction of password-protected files, and support for spanned archives to the crowded field of free compression tools. Version 2 of Simply Free Software's tool is easy to use, thanks to drag-and-drop and context menu integration with Windows.

The Extractor's setup wizard let us associate ZIP and RAR files with the program. We declined the ZIP option but chose to make The Extractor our default app for RAR archives since we mostly want to be able to open RAR files without buying more software. The Extractor's user interface sports large, colorful buttons in its toolbar. The layout is basic; just toolbar, file view, and message/data panel. But the entire GUI is customizable in the General Options, which also accesses Passwords, Presets, Reports, and more. The toolbar's "Folder Options" button let us keep or discard covers, subtitles, and other features. Numerous "Help" buttons opened a comprehensive user manual.

We started by adding a RAR file to The Extractor's queue. We could extract the data to the same folder or a new destination, as well as check Test, Preset, and Cleanup options. The job finished nearly instantaneously, with the task log appearing in the bottom panel as soon as we pressed the big, green "Start" button. For extracting ZIP and RAR files, The Extractor is a fast mover.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 101 votes

    • 5 star: 41
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 3 stars

    "Antimalware absolutely will not allow installation"

    June 23, 2014   |   By catmum

    Version: The Extractor 2.0.1

    Pros

    Unfortunately I will never know.

    Cons

    Although scans of the download installer for this program didn't reveal any problems, when I tried to actually install it, it was immediately quarantined by Emsisoft for multiple suspicious behaviours. I tried restoring it from quarantine and installing again, with the same result. I tried a new download and a new installation attempt with the new download, with the same result. A re-scan of the quarantine did not help.

    Summary

    May cause your anti-malware program to quarantine it upon attempting to install it.

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  • 1 stars

    "It didn't work on my XP system"

    March 26, 2014   |   By youweisun

    Version: The Extractor 2.0.1

    Pros

    None, it didn't work

    Cons

    It didn't work

    Summary

    It didn't work so I got "Free RAR Extract Frog" which worked perfectly.

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  • 2 stars

    "It's almost useful"

    January 30, 2014   |   By ComputerKeith

    Version: The Extractor 2.0

    Pros

    A decent replacement for winrar, in that it does indeed offer the context menu right-click interface that is most appealing in that commercial package ... in a product that is free.

    Cons

    I was interested in this product solely for its promise of batch processing multiple archives ... which doesn't quite work.

    If I right-click to "quick process" a file, it works just like winrar. If I instead add the file to the queue for batch processing, the last file of each archive is automatically deleted at the end of processing, without fail, and without any regard to any option that I can set. If the archive consists of a single file, then the program essentially does nothing ... deleting the file as soon as it is extracted.

    So for batch processing, it's essentially useless.

    It also attempts to install a couple of notorious junkware apps as a part of the install process. You can successfully decline these, but the button to do so appears to be greyed out in what appears to be a pretty shady practice to encourage you not to do so. Two thumbs down to the author for that packaging decision.

    Summary

    Ultimately, since I'm a registered winrar user, I just deleted this. If I didn't own winrar, I probably would have kept it for it's single file processing capability (the way that I use winrar) because it is just as fast, and free.

    I ultimately solved the batch processing issue with another free program (Hamster) which is very similar except that it doesn't delete the last file of every archive. <G>

    As for the shady practice of leading newbie installers to believe that there is no choice but to install the junkware apps ... shame on anyone associated with that short-sighted decision. I understand that all "free" software has a cost that must be paid somehow, but do it by offering quality additional programs that installers might find useful, and give them a clear and honest choice in the matter. "Tricking" inexperienced users into loading their machine with unwanted programs isn't going to make you or your distribution methods very well thought of in the long run.

    Updated on Jan 30, 2014

    I downloaded so many different programs I got confused. My review of "The Extractor" stands, but the ultimate batch processing solution was not "Hamster" (though I did like it's slick looking interface) but rather "Extract Now". That's the one that did the trick!

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  • 1 stars

    "Crap adware waste of time"

    August 09, 2013   |   By megadavids

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    Hard to uninstall won't work uninstalling traditional way.

    Cons

    Adware that keeps popping up non stop

    Summary

    DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Full of Junk Programs"

    June 10, 2013   |   By dinapal

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    None that I can see, couldn't even get it to work.

    Cons

    Where shall I start? First, it changed my home page on IE and Chrome. It installed (without my permission) 2 optional programs. Took me 20 minutes to uninstall everything and now I'm still looking for a decent extractor.

    Summary

    Stay away.

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  • 5 stars

    "East and smart"

    March 23, 2013   |   By celticscorpio

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    Efficient, without excess apps.

    Cons

    Have only had for a short time, nothing major yet

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  • 2 stars

    "Seems to crash Windows 8 Explorer"

    March 06, 2013   |   By Uniquorama

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    Unzips files

    Cons

    I had random freezes while browsing folders in Windows. After uninstalling The Extractor it never happened again.

    Only does a limited range of file types. No use for tgz.

    Summary

    Not worth trying. There are plenty of higher quality unzippers around.

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  • 5 stars

    "Saved me 45 minutes by auto-extracting 50 .rar files"

    March 02, 2013   |   By El-Flippo

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    *Unbelievable time-saver!
    *Intuitive, simple interface.
    *Context Menu (right-click) option to add archived file(s) to The Extractor without dragging & dropping.
    *Auto-deletes .rar file after extraction (Optional): No need to empty Recycle Bin.
    *Will output to multiple source directories.

    Cons

    As Mileunder previously stated, one has to both uncheck AND decline nagware options during Installation. I viewed my startup programs for Firefox, I.E., & Chrome (using CCleaner) after my first use. No uwanted add-ons or plug-ins were installed. Take your Time to actually READ each installation step!

    Summary

    Unconditionally recommended for power download freaks. Too bad it doesn't monitor directories for new .rar/.zip files. If it did, I would have left it in the Windows Start Menu.

    Updated on Apr 1, 2013

    Nix the Control Panel cursor tip: Single-Click Option is found by clicking the Tools dropdown list in any Windows folder > Folder Options > General Tab.

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  • 2 stars

    "Good ... BUT.."

    January 21, 2013   |   By mrtechfreak

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    Beware of Spyware with this program. I have this installed, or shall I say "HAD"... because I did use it for a while... then one day I ran my "SpyBot" (excellent program) and it removed a pile of spyware from my computer... fine... BUT , then "the extractor" did not work correctly any longer..see, the spyware is hooked into the extractor, and so it behaves strange when you remove the spyware associated with it.. shame on the developer, the prick comes in through the backdoor!

    Cons

    Use it but beware

    Summary

    ok but could use something with out spyware...

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  • 5 stars

    "Tricky "Extra software" but excellent extractor"

    July 27, 2012   |   By Mileunder

    Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

    Pros

    The extractor is the best extractor I have found, and I have used quiet a few. Its relatively quick, free, and is resource friendly.

    Cons

    When installing this software beware of the tricky add ons. There sometimes check boxes to not install "program X", but you must also click the "decline" button on bottom to not install the "program X". This is the only real fault i can find with The extractor

    Summary

    To the person who says you cannot get rid of the toolbar it is most likely installed through the browser. So uninstalling it from the program list alone wont get rid of it.

    This is the best extractor I have found, just be cautious during install. It tries to install extra programs.

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