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Five easy-to-use archiving/compression tools

Introduction

NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.

Most platforms have their own built-in tools for archiving and compressing. But in some cases, those tools aren't enough. So it's good to know that there are other applications to pick up the slack. Let's dive in and examine several of these, so you can enjoy an alternative archiving and/or compression tool.

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6 comments
CyGuyJG
CyGuyJG

It's portable (and includes encryption).

Dyalect
Dyalect

my tool of choice. why would anyone pay for winzip/winrar is beyond me. plus windows has archive creation/extraction built right into the o/s.

konservativ
konservativ

I have used this for years, installed and IZArc2Go.

net.minder
net.minder

... the Password Protection feature that's present does not really work as it should. I hope they'll get around to fixing it one day.

sh10453
sh10453

You must be working for Babylon. This program installs Babylon search bar, changes the home page, changes the default search engine, and other CrapWare, even when you uncheck all the buttons, and tell it NO. Not worth bothering with this program. I HATE Babylon for doing that. Thanks to Revo Uninstaller to root out every trace of Babylon on my machines. Keep it up Babylon. Ever heard of the word "ethics"? ... Great way to lose potential customers!

konservativ
konservativ

I've never had this problem with IZArc. I'll give you this much, that it has become increasingly important to be aware of where you download freeware from. Just see what happens, when you update Java and overlook unchecking Ask.com search bar. In some download sites you have the Babylon, Yahoo and whatever search bars. Plus you sometimes get something else than you thought you were downloading. Very annoying - I agree. Babylon has become even more absolete than it has ever been with the built-in translation engines in almost everything. Have you tried to find a specific driver online? Then you'll see CrapWare en mass.