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5 free compression tools zip your files just dandy

Hamster Free Zip Archiver screenshot

At a Glance

Create ZIP compressed archives for free on your 64-bit OS with this handy utility.

Pros

  • Works well; Free; Open-source

Cons

  • Format not yet widely adopted
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At a Glance

Create ZIP compressed archives for free with this handy utility.

Pros

  • Works well; Free; Open-source;

Cons

  • Format not yet widely adopted
 Compare

At a Glance

You won't find an easier, more capable compressed archive utility, though performance could be better on some file types.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Handles tons of file types
  • Free

Cons

  • Occasionally sluggish performance
  • Minor interface glitches
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At a Glance

Drag and drop your files to either open a compressed file or to make one. Feels faster than some of its rivals.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Nice drag-and-drop function for compressing multiple files
  • Uses multiple cores to deliver more speed
  • Choice between ZIP and 7Z formats

Cons

  • Unresponsive tech support

At a Glance

With support for almost any archive file out there, this app makes all others redundant—but its lack of support and inability to make archives hold it back.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Right-click Windows Explorer integration
  • Simple user interface

Cons

  • Development appears to be stalled
  • No support
  • App does not create archives

At a Glance

With efficient compression and encryption, this free utility is a winner.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Supports over 15 compression formats
  • Password protect important files
  • Interface "rolls up" to taskbar

Cons

  • Tries to install extra software
  • Shiny steel interface looks a little dated
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