Universal Extractor

Universal Extractor

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.1
  • Total Downloads:
    40,551
  • Date Added:
    May 17, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.3MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    280
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Great Application"

August 12, 2014  |  By swallen62

 |  Version: Universal Extractor 1.6.1

Pros

Opens nearly every compressed file I give it

Cons

Doesn't appear to be supported anymore.

Summary

Get it. It can only help. At some point it will fail to install on newer OS's. But not yet!

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5 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Legroom
Publisher web site http://www.legroom.net/software
Release Date May 17, 2011
Date Added May 17, 2011
Version 1.6.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.3MB
File Name uniextract161.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 40,551
Downloads Last Week 280
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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