WinZip

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 1772 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
12
File Size:
853.2KB
Date Added:
September 16, 2014
Price:
Free to try (45-day trial); $29.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
210,499,136
Downloads Last Week:
25,200
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 1772 votes

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    • 4 star: 603
    • 3 star: 271
    • 2 star: 105
    • 1 star: 199
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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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  • 4 stars

    "No magnyfying glass is displayed"

    July 27, 2014   |   By mkijek123

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    No magnyfying glass is displayed

    Cons

    No magnyfying glass is displayed

    Summary

    No magnyfying glass is displayed

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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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  • 1 stars

    "Browser Hijacking"

    May 05, 2014   |   By wmhess

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    The best thing I can say about it is that it was once a good company

    Cons

    Unasked for, and unwanted browser hijackinging when updating the Pro version. No warning, no option not acceptable

    Summary

    Look for another program they're a dime a dozen, and just as good.

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  • 2 stars

    "Bundled with malware!"

    April 24, 2014   |   By Anthrobran

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Great for .rar files

    Cons

    Comes bundled with Linkey malware. Not difficult to remove, but frustrating.

    Summary

    If you download, make sure that you do a custom installation. The ONE time that I do the recommended installation on a program, I get Linkey. I uninstalled the program simply because I do not want to deal with any more surprises.

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  • 1 stars

    "Goodbye Winzip - Never again"

    April 23, 2014   |   By lesking

    Version: WinZip 18

    Pros

    Good track record of excellent service going back to the earliest DOS editions(PKZIP, etc.).

    Cons

    Current version (18) downloads a whole load of junk software which hijacks your browsers and takes a lot of effort to clear-out.

    I suspect that the version enthusiastically reviewed by CNET was rather 'cleaner' that the installation package provided for download.

    Of course, the initial installation is a 'trial' version and it may be that the paid-for version doesn't have these issues - but I don't intend to pay around £25 just to find out.

    Summary

    Isn't it about time that software suppliers were banned from installing 'extras' which you never asked for - even the most reputable companies (AVG, ADOBE, etc.) are 'at it' with various toolbars and other add-ins which can easily mess-up your existing software.

    Computer abuse (Computaphelia) should be made a criminal offence.

    Perhaps somebody should start a new pressure group - Campaign Against **** Software (CASS)

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