WinZip Self-Extractor

WinZip Self-Extractor

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 249 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0 build 8672
  • Total Downloads:
    3,840,647
  • Date Added:
    November 09, 2009
  • File Size:
    2.76MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    687
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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WinZip Self-Extractor is a program that guides you through the process of creating both regular self-extracting Zip files and specialized ones for software distribution. With this program, you won't have to worry about the person you're sharing files with having the appropriate software to open them.

Pros

Clear walkthrough: This app makes it possible for even inexperienced users to complete what is a pretty complicated process by walking you through it step by step. Each screen contains clear instructions about what you need to do and why you're doing it, and tips help new users make the right choices as they move through the creation Wizard.

Customization options: If you do have some experience working with this type of program, you'll be glad to see all of the customization options available that let you control how your new file will behave. You can specify that it unzip to a specific folder, enter a command for the self-extracting file to execute once the unzip is complete, and use your own icon for the file, among many other things.

Cons

Trial limitations: The self-extracting files you create with the trial version of this app are not authorized for distribution. So you can really only use the program for free to get a feel for whether or not you want to purchase it. If you do decide to buy, a license costs $49.95.

Bottom Line

WinZip Self-Extractor is a great utility, if you often need to create self-extracting files, especially for software distribution. It makes the process accessible to users of all experience levels, but with the cost and features, it's really more advanced users who will probably get the most out of this app.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 249 votes

    • 5 star 159
    • 4 star 35
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 46
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  • 4 stars

    "It works OK"

    June 13, 2014   |   By TerryMZM

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    It works OK

    Cons

    User interface

    Summary

    The user interface has needed work since this product was introduced. It still does. Despite the UI's attempts to thwart me, the program actually did what I needed it to do.
    In all fairness, if I used a compress/decompress program more than once every couple of years, perhaps I could figure out what the cryptic symbols mean more easily.
    And free is free, so no complaints.

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  • 1 stars

    "TROJAN HORSE BEWARE!!!!!!"

    April 27, 2014   |   By chewingfoil

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    Didn't get past virus detecting software

    Cons

    Sure enough, trojan horse loaded, changed my home page and search engines...now I have to spend all day trying to scrub my damn hard drive!!!!! EFFING CNET--YOU HAVE LOST A CLIENT!!!!

    Summary

    Download if you want spyware, malware, trojan horses etc.

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  • 1 stars

    "I have not used this extractor yet."

    May 27, 2013   |   By sasamson

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    convenient to download.

    Cons

    Watch out for accompanying junk you didn't ask for or expect. It took a lot of time to remove this stuff from my computer.

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  • 1 stars

    "Simply Avoid..."

    March 26, 2013   |   By Kard____

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    I lost a lot of customers because of the wrong help file which contains an example which leads to a bug in the self extractor.
    After I wrote to the support that it should be fixed they replied arrogantly that I have not tested the self extractor well.
    The most annoying thing is that the fix for the bug is number one in the list of common problems.

    Cons

    Nothing...

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  • 5 stars

    "It was fine."

    May 13, 2012   |   By SCD

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    I like 15.5 and had to download it again. I paid for it last year.

    Cons

    Had to download it again.

    Summary

    Every time I buy one, it updates. Bummer.

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  • 2 stars

    "You have to be tech savvy to use this...and I'm not."

    April 02, 2012   |   By libraryspec

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    Easy download and that is just about all the pro I can think of

    Cons

    No help menu or instruction guide.

    Summary

    May be a very good program, but there were no instructions and it was a total experience in frustration.

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  • 4 stars

    "It didn't take long for me to get back to WinZip."

    September 30, 2011   |   By geppy2

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    WinZip is the best self extracting software I have ever used.
    WinZip is also the only software I want to use.

    Cons

    I have No cons neither does WinZip.

    Summary

    I have no idea why I gave it away to try another extractor.
    Wont happen again I promise.

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  • 5 stars

    "cant get it to work"

    January 28, 2011   |   By stevesberetta

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    none it wont work

    Cons

    sucks !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 4 stars

    "Nicely did it's job"

    December 22, 2010   |   By drynberg

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    quick and so far accurate

    Cons

    none noted

    Summary

    Nice, get it

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  • 4 stars

    "did not download"

    December 17, 2010   |   By chasreed47

    Version: WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 build 8672

    Pros

    did not download

    Cons

    did not download

    Summary

    did not download

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    General
    Publisher WinZip Computing
    Publisher web site http://www.winzip.com/
    Release Date November 09, 2009
    Date Added November 09, 2009
    Version 4.0 build 8672
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Compression
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.76MB
    File Name wzipse40.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 3,840,647
    Downloads Last Week 687
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 45-day trial
    Price $49.95

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