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The Extractor

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 104 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4.3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    685,971
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 31, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.81MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Note: The Extractor includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. The Extractor has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com team and meets our security requirements.

Editors' Review

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Thanks to its easy-to-use interface, this free file compression tool makes it a snap to unzip files.

The Extractor opens with a panel-style interface that is clear-cut enough for all users to understand. We especially liked the drag-and-drop functionality that let us quickly add ZIP and RAR files. We also like that the user specifies the output file. Once we clicked Go, the program instantly unzipped our file and placed the contents into our designated output folder. Our favorite feature was the Preset option that let us assign a preset task for each output folder after unzipping the file. The preset tasks included keeping folders, subfolders, and covers. If you don't want to assign presets, you can manually apply the same folder options. The Help feature is pretty simplistic and doesn't have search capabilities, but it does walk you through the program.

The fact that this functional file compression program is freeware makes it all the more appealing. We recommend it for all user levels. It cleanly uninstalled from our PC.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 104 votes

    • 5 star 41
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 17
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5 stars

"easy, intuitive, best unzip program I've yet to use."

January 06, 2012  |  By greyhndz

 |  Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

Pros

ease of use
easy to auto-direct files to designated location.
Free!

Cons

None that I've experienced.

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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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1 stars

"ADD SPYWARE w/o permission"

July 27, 2012  |  By LA_Trixie

 |  Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

Pros

love the software

Cons

added spyware, adware even when I said NO...

Summary

make sure you go into your programs and DELETE the addition.. avoid at ALL costs

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4 stars

"as easy to use as falling down"

May 27, 2012  |  By agenor12001

 |  Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

Pros

install and use, I've had for a month and its as smooth as silk

Cons

have not found any so far

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1 stars

"WARNING! DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS! CAN'T UNINSTALL"

May 20, 2012  |  By jennibrakus

 |  Version: The Extractor 1.4.3.2

Pros

THIS SOFTWARE IS GARBAGE

Cons

THIS COMPANY IS A LOW-LIFE C**********ING dkxoensdoo!!!!

WHEN I STARTED THE INSTALL, I SAW THAT IT GAVE ME NO CHOICE BUT
TO ACCEPT 'BABYLON TOOLBAR' -- I CANCELED THE INSTALL

BUT IT 'STILL' INSTALLED THE F*****ING TOOLBAR!

I UNINSTALLED FROM CONTROL PANEL... AND I STILL CANNOT GET RID OF THAT G** D**** TOOL BAR!!

Summary

THIS WEBSITE I USED TO TRUST FOR DOWNLOADS.

CNET.COM -- ARE YOU LISTENING?

REMOVE THIS SOFTWARE FROM YOUR DOWNLOADS PAGE!!!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.4.3.2
Version 1.4.3.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Simply Free Software
Publisher web site http://theextractor.org/
Release Date October 25, 2011
Date Added October 31, 2011
Version 1.4.3.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.81MB
File Name extractor_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 685,971
Downloads Last Week 1
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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