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:
    3,845,581
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 09, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (45-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.76MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    445
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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Full Specifications

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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, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.76MB
File Name wzipse40.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,845,581
Downloads Last Week 445
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 45-day trial
Price $49.95

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