WinRAR can create multiple-volume archives (popular with file
sharers) and use 128-bit AES encryption to password-protect them.
Like most of its competition, it also has an option to hide file
names inside an encrypted archive: someone without the password
won’t even see what files you’ve archived, let alone view their
In our maximum-compression tests, WinRAR 3.61 archived our files
faster than most competitors; except for StuffIt Standard 9.5.
Though we found .rar archives to be smaller than conventional .zip
2.0 archives, they weren’t as small as .7z files created by
PowerArchiver 2006 and ZipGenius 6 Standard or .zip files created
with WinZip 11’s new Best Method option.
Like most other file compression programs. WinRAR can also
compress .zip 2.0 files, hide file names, and split archives into
multiple files of user-definable size.
WinRAR boasts some powerful automation tools–surprisingly so
for a program in this price range. After you’ve set up an archive
job in the incredibly powerful but intimidating six-tabbed ‘Archive
name and parameters” dialog box, you can save those parameters as
a profile for future use. That lets you, for instance, simplify an
incremental backup by creating the appropriate profile (among the
relevant options you’ll find among the tabs are ones for backing up
only changed files and for shutting down the computer when you’re
You can automate chores even further with WinRAR’s powerful
command-line parameters, which let you create Windows shortcuts and
old-fashioned DOS-style batch files to do particular jobs.
If this sounds geeky, it is. But then, WinRAR is a good choice
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
This is the 64-bit version, which is for 64-bit PCs running a
64-bit OS. If your PC is running a different supported OS, please
32-bit version instead.