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WinZip

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Version 12 of this venerable archiving tool packs a couple of excellent new compression features and enhancements. The best new feature lets users compress JPEG images, known for being hard to reduce in size because of their already-compressed nature. We saw file-size gains of about 20 percent in JPEG-only archives.

Another new feature, Zip from Camera, lets you transfer and compress photos directly from your camera as long as the model is supported. This feature also worked flawlessly in our tests. The improved thumbnail view not only lets users view thumbnails of their archived images--but it also lets users browse images within ZIPs without having to extract files first.

Encryption features get more than a new coat of paint in this version, with customizable password requirements and enhancements for system administrators that let them determine how, if at all, encryption is enforced. AES is supported, with the option for both 128-bit and 256-bit security. Files and folders can also be renamed within a ZIP, and the new Smart View is content-sensitive, automatically choosing the Thumbnail view for images, for example. We like the flexible drag-and-drop support, allowing you to drag files to and from the interface, which will zip or unzip them automatically.

We also like the contextual menus that enable you to perform most of WinZip's functions on the fly. Overall, WinZip is among the best compression programs available, providing all the features necessary to create easy backups, compress e-mail files, and manage downloaded files from the Internet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Took over my computer"

    April 18, 2014  |   By icedrips

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Good for work stuff as long as it's someone else's computer.

    Cons

    I downloaded the free version and it was an absolute nightmare. It downloaded some malware and viruses and I couldn't get it off of my computer. It refused to be removed. I had to call some tech guys I know to remove it. Winzip made my anti-virus software turn on and off. The six hours it took to remove it allowed 34 malicious items to enter my computer. I had to remove and reinstall my anti-virus software because it would not come back to life after the invasion. I saw the "blue screen of death" several times throughout the rest of the day. I can't imagine why people would spend money on this horror.

    Summary

    Buyer beware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is an absolute RIP OFF. BEWARE: MALWARE. (TRUTH)."

    February 24, 2014  |   By aafreimann

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    This is supposed to be SHARE-WARE, as it's always been. It's malware that takes control of 100% of EVERYTHING on your computer, making it IMPOSSIBLE to un-install, trying to FORCE YOU TO PURCHASE IT (which, to me, means that it is CLEARLY not a good-enough product to merit honest purchases that are not STRONG-ARMED by the extorting creators/marketers. Shameful, disgusting, abhorrent unethical business practices make me SICK. Please do NOT make the mistake of downloading this, it will RUIN YOUR LIFE.

    Cons

    This is supposed to be SHARE-WARE, as it's always been. It's malware that takes control of 100% of EVERYTHING on your computer, making it IMPOSSIBLE to un-install, trying to FORCE YOU TO PURCHASE IT (which, to me, means that it is CLEARLY not a good-enough product to merit honest purchases that are not STRONG-ARMED by the extorting creators/marketers. Shameful, disgusting, abhorrent unethical business practices make me SICK. Please do NOT make the mistake of downloading this, it will RUIN YOUR LIFE.

    Summary

    This is supposed to be SHARE-WARE, as it's always been. It's malware that takes control of 100% of EVERYTHING on your computer, making it IMPOSSIBLE to un-install, trying to FORCE YOU TO PURCHASE IT (which, to me, means that it is CLEARLY not a good-enough product to merit honest purchases that are not STRONG-ARMED by the extorting creators/marketers. Shameful, disgusting, abhorrent unethical business practices make me SICK. Please do NOT make the mistake of downloading this, it will RUIN YOUR LIFE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good!good!good!"

    February 15, 2014  |   By ROBBY131313

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    good!good!good!

    Cons

    good!good!good!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good company gone bad"

    January 31, 2014  |   By fsarver

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Use to be top of the line company. Now they are just after your money

    Cons

    This was once the top of line company and the goto for anything zip file related. But now it is using shady practices and tricks to try get money out of people. I will never install their products again and Cnet needs to put a warning on page about this stuff it trys to install. To many of the downloads on CNET try to install other useless or shady software on your pc. CNET should put a stop to this practice.

    Summary

    use to be great but it went to their head I guess. All they are after now is your money.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ripoff - should be free"

    January 30, 2014  |  

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    None none none

    Cons

    $26 to unzip a file? That's more than I paid for the operating system.. Get 7zip, it's free and works better

    Summary

    An overpriced waste of money

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not Install it hijacks browser."

    January 30, 2014  |   By heimdal77

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    There is no pros about this.

    Cons

    DO NOT INSTALL! This installs AVG secure search without giving a obvious means of opting out. Once on it is harder to remove than many spyware programs. Ended up having download a separate program just to get rid of it and removing it deleted all my bookmarks as it reset browsers to default. On top of that every time you start it up it switches around the buy now and try trial version buttons to try and get you to hit buy now.

    Summary

    This was once the top of line company and the goto for anything zip file related. But now it is using shady practices and tricks to try get money out of people. I will never install their products again and Cnet needs to put a warning on page about this stuff it trys to install.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not even REMOTELY worth your money"

    January 18, 2014  |   By TheAlas.com

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    It has a nice icon. It's relatively easy to uninstall.

    Cons

    There are lots but my main concern was very poor performance and instability. It doesn't utilize modern processors like (FREE) open source archivers do. It often hangs for up to several minutes while other archivers do not. Startup time is extremely slow, it is smallest and yet among the slowest of programs on my (very high end) PC. It has a clustered (albeit configurable) interface - it's a simple archiver but it's got more buttons than Cesna aircraft. Finally, it costs 29.99$ - 20 years ago this program was worth $29.99, but that was 20 years ago, not much change featurewise. It is like charging $400 dollars for a Super Nintendo.

    Summary

    I gave this app a proper test and it simply failed to deliver. It is worthless. For me it's not even worth $0 dollars let alone $29. After a month worth of test I happily went back to 7-zip and experience is like going back to 2013 Toyota after driving a 1991 VW Golf. I'd like to give WinZip guys some hints but how can I when I'm pretty sure they're not even using WinZip themselves. The only ones who pay for this stuff are the mislead and/or misinformed ones. Again, it

    Updated on Jan 18, 2014

    I hit the submit button too early, actually wanted to give 3 stars but it doesn't make much difference. Again, the main problem was its main functionality - compressing and decompressing. Compared to its competitor 7-zip it unfortunately failed. For the money it asks, it should be fastest and simplest app by far but it's not and the extra features don't make up for it. I used to love it a decade ago but it just seems like a complete waste of money now.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Fraud!!! Everything attempts to up sell for $200+"

    January 4, 2014  |   By Tony Salso

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    NONE Fraud!!!

    Cons

    WinZip System Utilities Suite is designed to force you to make calls to their tech support (somewhere in India or thereabouts), which tries to sell their computer protection support $200/1yr; $250/2yrs; $300/3yrs. Initial password didn't work, make phone call, get pitch for service contract. Malware checker database needed updating, but would not go to internet; so I make another call, and another attempt at fraud with sales pitch, wanted to run PC Tools on my computer. This is while actively on my machine. I cut that dude short and disconnected. I believe that the program is designed to be problematic so as to make you make that call, then the sales pitch. If they don't give me a refund, I'll go through AE for a claim.

    Summary

    The killer...Corel owns WinZip. Be warned! there will never be another Corel product in this home!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malicious software."

    December 9, 2013  |   By StevenMeschia

    Version: WinZip 17.5

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say about this software.

    Cons

    (The software high-jacks Chrome with AVG and requires resetting to the default settings. )

    Summary

    CNET should not post such malicious software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would not download"

    November 18, 2013  |   By nonnox15

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    I have no pros

    Cons

    Could not get it to download

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