One of the most necessary programs for Windows is an archiver. It allows you to store files in compressed form and save space on your computer or hard disk, as well as send large amounts of information by mail. We offer you an overview of the most popular and useful software of this type.
TOP best archivers for Windows.
Program to compress all types of files. It is in great demand, due to such qualities as:
- fast processing of archived items;
- significant reduction in their original size;
- the ability to detect and extract almost all possible archive formats;
- conversion to the most common extensions: RAR, ZIP, ARJ, CAB, TAR, ISO, GZip, BZIP2, UUE, Z and 7Z, which are easily opened by android applications, such as Reader Prestigio;
- the ability to restrict access to the archive, password it;
- automatic damage recovery;
- sending compressed files by mail through Outlook;
- Russian interface.
WinRar is considered to be the best and most reliable archiver. Formally, it is paid, but in fact, after the expiration of the demo version, the program continues to work, retaining all the tools and capabilities.
Free archiver for Windows 7 and other versions. The advantages of this software include:
- the ability to extract files packed into volumes with various extensions;
- the ability to create self-extracting archives;
- support for multiple languages (including Russian);
- password protection feature;
- maximum data compression ratio (sometimes even higher than that of VinRar);
- sending an archive via Outlook and other similar applications;
- high processing speed.
Unfortunately, 7-Zip does not have the function of restoring damaged archives, like the previous software, but it is better to reduce the amount of photos and video.
Another utility that can compete for the title of the best archiver for Windows of any version (7, 8, 10, XP). Here, the most thoughtful is the work with the zip-extension, but, in principle, you can transfer files to other common formats (LHA, ZIPX) and extract them from .rar and others. Features of the program:
- handles items quickly;
- has a powerful encoding system, compresses the contents as much as possible;
- interacts well with online storage;
- sends archives to e-mail and through applications of social networks;
- imposes Copyright (logo, signature, etc.);
- leaves the ability to protect data with a password.
The main disadvantage of the program is the cost of approximately 2500 rubles. If you do not buy a license, the software will become unavailable.
As the name implies, it is also mainly configured to work with zip archives, but it easily extracts from RAR, ACE formats and converts to ZIP, ZIPX, EXE, 7Z, etc. Useful features:
- setting a password on zip folders;
- preview content;
- search for specific components of the archive;
- no license purchase required;
- good data compression (inferior in speed and quality of the previous one, but not much).
The program can be installed on a computer or run from a flash drive / disk.
Next rating program - PeaZIP. It is capable of extracting files from most existing formats, including Java archives. With regard to packaging, you can choose the extension: zip, 7z, 7z-sfx, bzip2, gzip, PAQ, WIM, PEA. The software also has the following characteristics:
- free distribution;
- work in all operating systems;
- splitting content into volumes;
- strong encryption;
- the presence of a shredder for the complete destruction of the contents.
At the same time, the processing process is long, and the volumes are “weighty”, compared to what competitive utilities provide. There are two versions of the program: requiring installation on a computer and starting from removable media. You can choose any, depending on your needs.
Hamster ZIP Archiver
Archiving program that closes our top archivers. Unfortunately, it does not differ in the variety of packaging formats - you can choose only zip and 7z - but it will extract files from any other. Nevertheless, the software has good characteristics:
- connection to popular online storages;
- good processing speed;
- the ability to set a password for the content;
- division of the general archive into volumes;
- Russian interface.
Of course, decide which one of the above archiver is better, only you can. It all depends on the needs and functions that you need for comfortable work. And remember that some photo and video files are difficult to compress, so all archivers will show approximately the same result.