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Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2009

Most utilities that open ZIP files also create them. This pared-down tool has only one function: opening ZIP files. Its limited functionality may also limit its appeal, but for users interested only in opening these archived files, this utility may be something you'll want to add to your toolbox.

Zip Pro has one of the plainest interfaces you'll find on a decompression utility: essentially, it's one small pane with a menu bar. It doesn't offer any bells and whistles, but it performed well in our tests. Once we selected a ZIP file to open, it did so quickly. It also allowed us to add files and folders to existing archives, but not to create them from scratch. Adding a password also was easy to accomplish.

It's small, it's simple, and it focuses only on one primary task-- opening ZIP files--and this free utility does it well. Any user interested in such a tool will be satisfied with Zip Pro's performance. However, any user wanting a more robust archiving utility would be well served to look elsewhere.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1

This version is the first release on CNET


Release November 6, 2008
Date Added January 16, 2008
Version 1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/2000/XP/Vista


Total Downloads 8,183
Downloads Last Week 5
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Developer's Description

Zip Pro is a simple piece of software that lets you unzip .zip files, so you can access files compressed in .zip format. Simply open a .zip file, and Zip Pro will show the files contained in the .zip archive, and allow you to extract them. Among the features included is the ability to add files, add folders, add passwords, and modify the comment to the file. This version is the first release on CNET