Compact, lightweight, and fast, ExtractNow manages to do more with less than other freeware archive utilities: less system resources, less desktop real estate, and less fuss. It can extract most archived files one by one or in batches, including ZIP, 7Z, CAB, TAR, FLV, and many more, including encrypted archives. ExtractNow integrates with Windows Explorer context menus. Recent updates include improved RAR file test mode and extraction.
Light and fast: At just 1.93MB, ExtractNow wastes no resources on anything unnecessary. When it's set up to your satisfaction, ExtractNow can unzip files with a single click.
Plain but efficient: ExtractNow's user interface is nothing more than a list view with three buttons: Settings, Clear, and Extract. But many options can be configured from a Windows-style tabbed settings dialog, including a Drag-and-Drop Exclusion List, Directory Monitoring, and Passwords.
Help: Help includes an extensive Web-based manual with documentation, screenshots, and more.
Help button: The Help button is on the Settings dialog, not the main interface, which could be frustrating for some users, though perhaps placing it under Settings will prompt users to explore ExtractNow's options and maybe even answer their questions.
ExtractNow is about as far from flashy as freeware gets, but it impresses with performance, not a fancy layout. It's a no-nonsense performer that more than holds its own against far more complex programs that somehow don't seem to do more than ExtractNow does.