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[Windows 10] WinRar-Zip Pro - Free (Save $9.05) @ Microsoft Store


WinRar Zip Pro is neither WinRAR nor WinZip. It is free for 2 days.

Description taken from the listing page.

WinRar Zip Pro is a file archiver utility. The application provides an unified, natively portable, cross-platform file manager and archive manager GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX.

Features of WinRar Zip Pro includes extract, create and convert multiple archives at once, edit existing archives, create self-extracting archives (sfx), split files, strong encryption with two factor authentication, encrypted password manager, secure deletion, find duplicate files, calculate hashes, export task definition as command line script.

Create: 7Z, ARC, Brotli, BZip, GZip, PEA, TAR, WIM, XZ, ZPAQ, ZIP, Zstandard files and more
Open and extract 200+ file types: ACE, CAB, DEB, ISO, RAR, ZIPX and more.

Outstanding features:
- Open, browse, view and extract archive files.
- Decompression function supports different formats: .rar, .zip, .7z, ISO, Bzip2, Gzip, TAR, XZ, etc.
- Create archives easily with the GUI like the file explorer.
- Create password-protected archives.
- RAR Opener and convert rar to zip format.
- When an archive is opened in it, its contents are displayed. You can then select the files and folders which should be extracted.

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  • +3

    You can pay for it?

  • +72

    Why not just use 7-Zip? It's free, open-source and been a trusted app for decades now

    • +6

      And doesn't require permission to access all your files, peripheral devices, apps, programs, registry and internet connection.

      • +1

        well technically since 7zip is a classic windows application it can access all those without permission but yaa 7zip is awesome

        • well technically since 7zip is a classic windows application it can access all those without permission

          Only if it's programmed to. The obvious question is why does this program require these expansive app permissions when other zip extraction utilities on the MS store do not?

    • +1

      PeaZip is also a good option, and is also FOSS as well.

      • +2

        PeaZip is also a good option

        Can be painful if you zip too quickly

      • Well if you look at the screenshots of this program. Well it's just a modified Peazip, right!. A modified Peazip source code made as a program and they were selling it. I don't think you spotted that but i did.

        So this program and Peazip itself would behave exactly the same. At the core it's exactly the same.

        • At the core it's exactly the same

          There's no way of knowing that, though. PeaZip is open source, this program is not, and may have "additional" functionality (read: malware).

          • @Zorlin: Actually, supposedly this is open source. Super dodgy though.

  • +14

    It's named WinRAR despite not being made by them? Oh wait no they added zip on the end, makes it totally legit

    • Yeah some trademark questions there.

    • Looks dodgy as the guy in the picture with the dodgy ears.

      • lol… just noticed that!

    • +1

      Lucky you mentioned it as i thought it was actually Winrar Pro by Rarlab.So dodgy.

  • WinRar is already free!

  • Good old days of WinRAR "unlimited" free trial.

  • +20

    Dodgy as hell - be alert, do not install!

    This has nothing to do with the original WinRAR.

    By the look at "developer's" site, there are red flags all over - pathetic web site, with hijacked and rebranded open source software (OBS, GIMP, etc.):

    "CoolLeGet Inc. is a rapidly growing, self-funded and profitable company. We have extensive experience in application development for Microsoft Store."

    • +11

      Domain was created only in May this year. AVOID!!!

      And the name servers are based in CHINA. AVOID!!!

    • Good point. 7-Zip, as mentioned by marchi above, is a far better choice.

    • Thank you

    • Agree, this is very suspicious. I am surprised it passed the checks to get to the appstore.

    • Wow, that is terrible

  • +1

    Dodgy developer. Avoid!!!

  • +3

    There is an WinRar imposter among us

    • and its for free on the official Microsoft store. OMG


    • More like it's a disguised Peazip which is made to look like an WinRAR imposter. Program layout is almost the same as Peazip.

  • +2

    Agree with the comments above. With established and mature open source options like 7Zip and PeaZip, I personally don't see the need why the vast majority of people would need to bother with anything else

  • No thank you. I dont need any zip prog

  • Has any one noticed according to the screenshots. That the program icon on the left land corner is the actual WinRAR icon just flipped at a 90 degree angle. That is such a huge coincidence despite it's not made by who owns WinRAR.

    Yet the actual program layout is strikingly similar to that of Peazip (Peazip is free). To me it looks like a modified Peazip and with a flipped WinRAR icon on the top left corner.

    So look up screenshots of Peazip and compare it to this. It's almost the same. They are selling a modified Peazip (Peazip being free software) and with a modified WinRAR icon on it and selling it on. They obviously modified the Peazip source code and claimed it their own.

    The program is probably made in China. They don't care about program copyright intellectual property there.

  • This triggers my digital spider senses. Reporting.

  • Did not read the comments before installing. Discovered it click baits an image application that seems part of the install process. Promptly uninstalled it. Thank You for the comments

  • Dodgy as!

    • +2

      Yeah especially when it's but nothing but a modified Peazip in disguise. Peazip was always a free program. I mean just compare the screenshots to Peazip and have a look what i mean.

      These dodgy (probably Chinese) companies which modify the source code of these legit free programs. And then sell it on the Microsoft Store under some other name to make a quick buck out of free software source code. Dodgy as.

  • Ok so dodgy nature well established. What does it take for the deal to be removed? How many Ozbargainers must be compromised first. Negging due to the risk of installing.

  • I don't know why anyone would want to support this… but seems rather fitting given the history of zip files/PKZIP/etc…

  • +1

    Pay for a dodgy proprietary version or use the well known, trusted, open source 7zip… Hmmm…

    • No doubt. dodgy proprietary version.

      Do you even have to ask?


  • The Chinese are coming. Sounds familiar? Lol

  • Total Adware shit. Doesn't even work on exploring the file system root. Not even made by the original author of the desktop version.

    • yep microsoft sell a lot of it - yank company you know - make billions from government contracts…

    • Yeah how can it be a knockoff of an original WinRAR program when it's actually just a renamed Peazip program. There's nothing WinRAR about this in the first place. Nothing in the source code is WinRAR. It's made just to appear like it's WinRAR Pro to the unsuspecting by the name.

  • +3

    Why is anyone upvoting what is clearly junk?

  • Bandzip is also a good choice.

  • Is this still a thing ?

  • +1

    WinRAR lol.. that takes me back. Anyone remember using ARJ or the short-lived ACE?

    Seriously though just use 7-Zip

    • or the short-lived ACE


      WinAce was an archiving program for Windows with its own "ACE" compressed archive format and built-in support for other common archive formats types such as ZIP, RAR and CAB. They also offer a freeware command-line interface decompression program called Unace for macOS and Linux. Wikipedia
      Initial release date: 22 July 1999
      License: Proprietary
      Stable release: 2.69 / November 8, 2007; 12 years ago

      Stroll down memory lane indeed.
    • Wow that takes me back. Have not heard of either in a very long time, especially ARJ! You haven't actually archived files if you've never done it via the command line! 😁

  • The only thing stupider than using WinRAR in 2020 is using a clone of WinRAR. Seriously people, who doesn’t use 7zip now??

    • This is not a clone of WinRAR in any way. More like it's a clone of Peazip which they are trying to make it look like some WinRAR Pro for a quick buck cash grab.

  • Wow.. can't believe OzB lets this kind of crap hang around still on the front page of freebies,

    Maybe someone can post Bonzi Buddy next?

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