WinZip

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 1774 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    18.5
  • Total Downloads:
    210,620,966
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    852KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    22,727
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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WinZip has long been a go-to ZIP tool, so we were keen to try the all-new WinZip 18. It's much more than a cosmetic upgrade: A new compression engine zips, splits, and joins files faster than legacy versions, though of course WinZip still handles virtually any archive file type. It converts files to PDFs, adds watermarks, resizes photos, manages archives, and protects files with 128/256 bit encryption. Improved cloud navigation smoothly integrates WinZip with many more cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Cloud Links adds links to files via e-mail, IM, and social media. WinZip Express Add-Ons let you access many WinZip features directly from Outlook and other programs (These cost extra, though WinZip Express for Explorer was free with our download!). The full version of WinZip 18 (64-bit) is free to try for 21 days.

WinZip 18 installed over our existing program, though we had to choose between the new compression standard (better performance) and the default option, legacy compression (wide compatibility with large archives) -- though of course you're not limited to one or the other. Other setup options include themes and file associations. Setup finished with a Quick Start guide covering many of WinZip 18's new features, such as the Office-style Ribbon toolbar that accesses cloud-based resources directly (you can choose the old style interface and menus from WinZip's extensive Settings). We tried WinZip 18's new algorithm, which definitely feels fast and did a good job even with hard-to-squeeze media files. We really wanted to try WinZip 18's cloud features, though. We clicked "Save to Cloud" and then selected Dropbox from the list and then signed in. After that, we could access our Dropbox folders directly from WinZip. WinZip's Photos tool can integrate with your digital camera, too. WinZip Express for Explorer adds a QUICK-ZIP option to WinZip's extensive context menus. Help buttons are everywhere.

WinZip 18's improved engine and enhanced cloud services take a reliable, old favorite to a new level, and 64-bit integration will help keep it there. It's hard to get excited about a ZIP tool, but WinZip 18 just thrills us with its impressive features and ease of use.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of WinZip (64-bit) 18. The trial version is fully functional for 21 days.

 
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  • 1 stars

    "Beware Adware and Malware"

    October 19, 2014   |   By ajondyh

    Version: WinZip 18.5

    Pros

    None. Negatives out weigh any positives

    Cons

    Good product now ruined by infesting your computer with Adware and Malware

    Summary

    Don't download, use something else!

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  • 1 stars

    "Installs Malware!"

    October 16, 2014   |   By crm115

    Version: WinZip 9.0

    Pros

    It will install something that unzips things

    Cons

    It will also install Malware. It installs a browser hijacker called Astromenda.

    Summary

    Don't install this. It installs malware. If you want any more proof of the shadiness of this download, look at the positive reviews. Some of them are just copy and paste jobs presumably from one person lazily submitting multiple reviews.

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  • 5 stars

    "This software helps me as much as I want."

    October 14, 2014   |   By ArensPoet

    Version: WinZip 18.5

    Pros

    Used the program for over a year with no problems.

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 5 stars

    "This software helps me as much as I want."

    October 13, 2014   |   By PenneyHusky

    Version: WinZip 18.5

    Pros

    Used the program for over a year with no problems.

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 1 stars

    "BEWARE - installs malware!"

    September 10, 2014   |   By billyr2

    Version: WinZip 18.5

    Pros

    Can unzip files.....

    Cons

    But at the expense of loading you up with malware like Astromenda that hijacks your browser home page and search bar.

    Summary

    Winzip used to be good - USED TO. Now they bundle their software with malware. I downloaded it a few days ago and it installed Astromenda on to my PC, hijacking my browser home page and search bar. Never again WinZip. Stay clear folks - there are plenty of other options out there.

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  • 3 stars

    "Don't use it"

    August 15, 2014   |   By ajgbali

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    It does actually unzip files... It seems to do a whole lot of other stuff to, but that's not what I needed it for....

    Cons

    1. Slowed computer to a crawl.
    2. Installed adware, despite my care during installation.
    3. Turned off AVG antivirus

    Summary

    The slowness made the program unusable and the adware and antivirus disruption makes me completely mistrust it.
    CNET - condoning programs that act like this with no mention of the cons makes me lose trust in your recommendations too. Are you so confident in your usefulness that you're just not bothered anymore?

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  • 5 stars

    "Love this product"

    July 28, 2014   |   By rsugianto

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Simple yet powerfull

    Cons

    Perfectly what I need.. No cons!

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  • 5 stars

    "Still the best"

    June 10, 2014   |   By Intranet_Manager

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Its fast
    Its easy
    It just works

    Cons

    costs money

    Summary

    I have been using winzip foreer, and still use it.

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  • 1 stars

    "I just cant get along with this"

    June 05, 2014   |   By cuzzy1

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    I just cant get along with this

    Cons

    I just cant get along with this

    Summary

    I just cant get along with this

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  • 2 stars

    "Overpriced & Bloated"

    May 19, 2014   |   By NJPete61

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    One of the very first windows based file archiving tools, can un-compress many archive formats.

    Cons

    This has become bloated & over priced.

    Summary

    7-zip (7-zip.org) is an outstanding "Open Source" (free) alternative, that works great.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 18.5
    • New! Direct integration with more cloud services: Share easily with Box, SkyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, CloudMe and now SugarSync.
    • Enhanced! Cloud navigation: WinZip 18 lets you access and manage your files in the cloud as easily as the files on your computer. Send files to and from the cloud, save between cloud accounts, and monitor your cloud storage space all with WinZip.
    • New! Cloud Links: Quickly send links to your cloud files by email, social media and more.
    • Enhanced file compression: With an enhanced Zip engine under the hood, WinZip 18 now compresses Zip and Zipx files even smaller than before.
    • New! WinZip Express Add-Ons: The full WinZip 18 product also includes support for the new WinZip Express Add-Ons for Windows Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, Photos and SharePoint. With these new affordable add-ons, instantly access key WinZip features including Zip, encryption and cloud sharing. For a limited time, customers can download the WinZip Express for Explorer free with their WinZip 18 purchase.
    General
    Publisher WinZip Computing
    Publisher web site http://www.winzip.com/
    Release Date January 20, 2014
    Date Added October 22, 2014
    Version 18.5
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Compression
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 852KB
    File Name winzip18_cnet.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 210,620,966
    Downloads Last Week 22,727
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 21-day trial
    Price $29.95

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