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Universal Extractor

CNET Editors' review

Legroom's Universal Extractor is a free extraction tool designed to let you decompress and extract files from virtually any archive, including some you probably haven't heard of before. What it can't do is create archives; the developers are quite clear that Universal Extractor isn't meant to take the place of utilities like 7Zip or WinRar. Instead, it bundles together a variety of useful backend utilities. It's a great addition to your Windows toolkit, and great to have around when you need it, even if that's not very often.

Universal Extractor has a user interface that is pared down to the essentials: File, Edit, and Help menus; file selection and destination fields; and OK and Cancel buttons. The Help button led to the program's Web site, which offered instructions, screenshots, technical details, and a list of supported formats ranging from .ace to .zoo, including .7z. The site also offers an active forum providing translations, feedback, and support. On the program's Edit menu, we clicked Preferences, which opened a compact list of settings such as a language menu, debug file directory field, and check boxes for Format-Specific Options. Using this tool could hardly be much simpler: We browsed to an archived file to open, selected the destination directory (the default is the same as the source file) and pressed OK. Universal Extractor did the rest. When we opened the target folder, our files had been extracted, as we'd expected.

Universal Extractor proved a simple, versatile tool and a good performer. In fact, we only wish we'd had some really obscure archives on hand to give it a challenge. But we plan to keep it around for those rare but regular occasions when we come across a file type that our default archive tool can't extract.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

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    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, effective, brilliant!"

    July 25, 2013  |   By Foscolo1

    Version: Universal Extractor 1.6.1

    Pros

    After recieving a .sit archive (a minor Mac format) on my PC I downloaded a couple of other extactors, one trial version which didn't work fully unless I paid and another which just didn't work at all. Then thanks to CNET I found this - exactly what I wanted and free. The interface is incredibly simple and intuitive and it works like a dream. The one-star review above seems unreasonably harsh.

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Get it now. You never know when it might come in handy.

    Updated on Jul 25, 2013

    ..and it works on Windows 8.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THIS IS THE UNIVERSAL AND STUNNING EXTRACTOR"

    September 10, 2011  |   By chenur

    Version: Universal Extractor 1.6.1

    Pros

    VERY EASY BETTER THAN 7ZIP OR EVEN WINRAR. IT EXTRACTS EVERYTHING THAT WINRAR AND 7ZIP CAN NOT! THAT IS WHY IT WAS CALLED UNIVERSAL EXTRACTOR.

    Cons

    NONE THAT I CAN THINK OF

    Summary

    STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AND IT IS FREE AFTER ALL!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works good so far"

    August 10, 2011  |   By KennyLynd

    Version: Universal Extractor 1.6.1

    Pros

    Everything I have tried to extract did so quickly. The options for extracting are simple and do what you tell them.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Does the job

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashed immediately with generic error message"

    July 21, 2011  |   By redbirdpat

    Version: Universal Extractor 1.6.1

    Pros

    None. None.

    Cons

    Tried to open a bin file which it claims it could do. Even if it couldn't, there should be an error message like unsupported file type. But all it did was crash with a generic error message. Ran it as administrator and got the same crash.

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