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Editors' Review

by   / September 26, 2014

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.8.3

  • Fixed rar datetime bug
  • Updated rar extraction library
  • Fixed crash when running a program without args
  • Added module macros to macros menu
  • Updated 7zip library to 16.04

General

Publisher Nathan Moinvaziri
Publisher web site http://www.extractnow.com/
Release Date April 23, 2017
Date Added April 24, 2017
Version 4.8.3

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements Internet Explorer 5.5

Download Information

File Size 2.02MB
File Name extractnow.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,416,997
Downloads Last Week 28

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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