WinRAR Archiver Review and Giveaway [Christmas Celebrations]

File compression is widely used by all of us and many times, we come across compressed files (.rar, .zip, .7z…) in our day-to-day computing life. WinRAR is a popular file archiver and it’s the one of the very few softwares that I install immediately after installing Windows. WinRAR has many useful and interesting features, so without wasting any time let us see what they are.

Overview of WinRAR :

Winrar interface

The interface of WinRAR is easy-to-use. As you can see in the picture above, main functions of WinRAR are listed in form of icons for easy access and below the icons list is the area which can be used to explore directories just like Windows Explorer. Also, it is well-integrated into the right-click context menu. Important functions like archive creation and extraction can be accessed right from the context menu itself.

Winrar interface 2

The interface is not only easy-to-use but is also flexible. Take a look at the above picture. WinRAR gives you more options when we explore compressed files. Options like Virus Scan, Protect, SFX etc will be enabled while exploring compressed files. Let us see what these options do :

  • Virus Scan : Now, when we click on Virus Scan, WinRAR will detect your antivirus and will also fill options (like path to virus scanner) automatically. If your antivirus isn’t detected automatically then you can manually give those details to WinRAR.Winrar Virus scan
  • Protect : When you protect an archive, WinRAR will create recovery record and will add it to the archive. So, whenever the archive gets corrupted, WinRAR will use the recovery record to bring back the archive to original state.
  • SFX (Self Extracting Archives) : Usually, archives can only be extracted by softwares. But, what if we want to extract archives on a computer that doesn’t have any archiving software? That’s where Self Extracting Archives (SFX) come into play. An SFX file is an archive with executable module, and when you run the exe file, it’ll start extracting the archive and no additional software is needed.

Other features of WinRAR :

  • Test and repair archives.
  • Convert archives of different format into RAR.
  • Split archives according to user-defined size.
  • Lock archives to prevent modifications.
  • Password protect archives.

Tweaking WinRAR :

WinRAR is very powerful archiver, but you have to tweak it to see it’s full power. Here is one useful tip to get high compression ratio.

Tweak to get High Compression ratio :

Before compressing files, make sure you choose the Best compression method. Secondly, tick the checkbox that says Create solid archive and then create the archive.

Winrar tweak

By changing these two things, you’ll get high compression ratio.

Results :

I’ve tested above tweak on few files and the results in the image below.

Winrar simple compression benchmark

Comparing the size of original and compressed files

Here is simple tabular comparison.

File Type Original Size Compressed Size
MP3 9.75 MB 9.58 MB
MP4 71 MB 53.8 MB
VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk) 2.12 GB 0.914 GB

WinRAR compression differs from one file format to another. Some can be compressed a lot and others can’t be compressed much and the above results just reflect that. Also, note that it takes time to compress with high compression ratio.

Conclusion :

WinRAR is solid file archiver. It supports extraction of many types of archives (7z,ace,bz2,cab,iso,zip,tar,gz etc). Novices will find its interface easy-to-use and at the same time the command-line interface will satisfy the needs of expert users. Its powerful compression algorithm can compress any kind of file and can save your disk space. In simple words, it’s the perfect archiving utility you ever need.

Download : WinRAR

Giveaway :

A big thanks to Violeta of WinRAR, for sponsoring 10 licenses. So, interested to grab this powerful archiver? Then do the following :

  1. Do anyone of the following (which ever is convenient to you) :
  2. Tell us what you like most in WinRAR, by leaving a comment below. Please use a valid Email ID while commenting.

Winners will be announced here on 29th December. All the best!

Winners :

Congratulations to the following winners :

WinRAR Giveaway winners

Winners will be contacted shortly via email for more details.

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140 Responses

  1. Mike M says:

    Congratulations to all the winners

  2. Jess says:

    Thanks. I won. I finished the form the first day but have yet to receive code/license.

  3. Vaibhav Manral says:

    winrar is the best archiever…………i have tried a trial copy of winrar i was very much impressed by this. now i want the full pro version license key.

  4. qwer0 says:

    Excellent GUI – i mean its easy to use.. and great compressor too 🙂

  5. rafi mahmud says:

    To me, the best feature of Winrar is its ability to create self-extracting archives (SFX) not to mention its high compression ability. I subscribed to this blog’s rss feeds through google reader. Please count me in for this great giveaway..

  6. RAGAGH says:


  7. Sebinol says:

    Very good software, for backup use too.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  8. pito says:

    Winrar is one of the best archivers, especially like the recovery record function, helps when archive is corrupted, very handy, would like to have it, count me in, thanks

  9. DracoAndy says:

    Thanks for nice giveaway.
    Why I would like to have a license for this application?
    Of course there are plenty of solid compression utilities to choose from, but WinRAR offers the features and ease of use that might place it at the top of its category. WinRAR is easy to use, lightweight, and flexible.
    I would like to have a license for this application because beyond its good looks and right-click readiness for basic compression and unzipping, WinRAR offers unpacking support for a large number of archive formats, including ACE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, and ZIP. WinRAR’s advanced features are icing on the cake, with Unicode support for international formatting, embedded file comments, damaged archive repair, archive locking, self-extracting archives, and easy encryption.
    Besides the Folder Tree Panel makes sifting through your directories to find files easier than ever.
    So please count me in. Because I would like to have a license for WinRAR.

  10. Rick Griggs says:

    I really like the support for all common compression formats!

  11. allin77 says:

    This is my basic and best program to handle archives.
    I have constantly only an older version 🙁
    Thanks Samuel! Happy New Year 2012!
    Best to all…!/allin77/status/152017870283476992

  12. Alpha says:

    Please count me for this one Sam, almost forgot to participate. As per the rule following on twitter and also subscribed to newsletters.

    It is tough to point out any one thing which i like about winrar, it has got to be the whole application. It is certainly the best in what it does and along with it, it is lightweight and easy to use.
    I would be very happy to win a license of the winrar. Thank you for this giveaway.

  13. So many participating coz WinRAR is the best archiever.

  14. Techno says:

    LOvE this Software. Count me too. Thanks. Hope I am lucky this time.

  15. Coast32 says:

    Thank you Samuel for the Winrar giveaway.IMO its the best file archiver to use for using files easily transferable anywhere you want.

  16. Andy says:

    I would like win a license because WinRAR can lock, password protect, test and repair archives, besides Winrar is fast and easy to use.
    Now I use 7zip but WinRAR is by far the best RAR compression software. Why I think so?
    Because WinRAR has features like an Image Conversion Tool, MD5 Checksum Tool, Batch Rename Tool, Batch Replace Tool, and a Malware Detect Tool. And of course the best of features is that supports themes. Yes, WinRAR supports themes, and this is really cool.
    In summary.
    WinRAR is easy to use, lightweight, and flexible. So I would like to have a license for this application.
    Thank you for this giveaway and please, count me in.

  17. Cosme says:

    Winrar is light on resources, fast and by using it I can create .rar files, please count me in.
    I’m following you on twitter and shared:!/emsocosme/status/151714230184325121

  18. Techno says:

    I am a fan of Winrar need one Key . Count me in.

  19. Yashiscool says:

    Gosh!! How can I miss this best RAR compression software.
    I am a user who uses RAR compression a lot in my daily activities. Nothing more to say but if I get this software officially, I will be very pleased.
    Thanks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  20. Pradeep Singha says:

    I like the self-extracting exe made by winrar. I use it just too much like anything even if it is a trial version. Thanks a lot for the giveaway! Hope I win one by luck. Bye! I have exams! 🙂 😛

  21. Joe Novack says:

    Thanks for the chance to win an excellent software that is WinRAR. This application is one of the best archivers in the market. It has many useful features and is very fast. Good luck to all participants.!/tzpc/status/151325596985720832

  22. Rajesh Ghadye says:


  23. Bob V says:

    I like it because winrar is simple to use and powerfull. You can compress files or decompress archives by 1 click. But when you want to do more, there are plenty of options.
    Please count me in for this giveaway.!/TechIShare/status/150573707381846016

  24. may I give suggestion for your next giveaway program? My suggestion, what if you use the services of Rafflecopter for your next giveaway program. because these services greatly simplify the create a giveaway for free. go here for other info:)

    • Samuel says:

      Yup I heard about rafflecopter and I may use it in future. Thanks for reminding me about it. Personally I prefer the usual way, which we are using, because feedbacks (via comments) given directly by users will help the developers a lot to improve the software.

  25. Kaushik Barot says:

    this is the best and reliable compression utility. Please count me in for this giveaway.

  26. namnguyen says:

    very fast and super effective compression tool in the market, please count me in for one


  27. Milang89 says:

    I love WinRAR because its fast effective, compression is great

  28. dinosaur07 says:

    the best and powerful archiver of all, tested by me personally, the easyest to use and the lightest on the resources. pls count me in to win a license.

  29. mohsen says:

    1.has very good speed and compression, in compare with 7zip on fastest method winrar beat 7zip to compress my .vmdk file both in speed and compress ratio.’s self extractor has complete range of features.
    3.good support for Unicode.
    4.nothing more needed.

  30. Damian says:

    I found out just about Your competition. I tested WinRAR and delighted this programme. Not to stand me the shopping of this programme unfortunately. The test version has 30 days, but I noticed his huge possibilities by this time.
    I used also different programmes to forming archives such given how 7zip. However he did not fulfil my the expectation.
    WinRAR is just the best programme to the filing of the data according to me. Transparent infrejs has the Omawiany programme, he is the very easy programme in the use thanks to this. Many various formats operate in this obviously which RAR very much he is the most popular. Great wish that WinRAR is such road but there surely worth is one’s price. I would like ptrzymać very much the licence WinRAR – the splendid present would be this on the star for me. I do not have the account on Facebook neither Twitter now I can not there write about Your competition.
    I am the great fan of this programme. Draw by lot me.
    I apologize for possible mistakes in the spelling.
    I wish successes to all
    I greet The administration Avinashtech

  31. werstet says:

    Good software. i would like to have one license.!/werstet/status/151030731999690752

  32. Armin says:

    easy-to-use with high ratio compression what I´m looking for. thanks. please count me in.

  33. Samuel says:

    You did great job Murphy. I enjoyed reading the your comparison review. Thanks for that 🙂

  34. Mizdoc says:

    The best feature I like about Winrar is the wizard….makes it so easy to use.
    I’d love to win a licence, thanks.
    Merry Christmas and thanks for all the great tips and giveaways over the year.

  35. gjon says:

    maybe this time. count me in!

  36. Sysabi says:

    Very useful, simple and “must have” software and most important – only WinRar can make a rar archive. I would like to take a part in this great contest.

  37. Maestro says:

    WinRar is the best tool for the control and management of archives. A win in this giveaway is the best Christmas gift.

  38. ToGor says:

    Nice giveaway… It’s a really Christmas gift.
    WinRar is my favourite archiver.
    I like it for its functionality, ease of use and aesthetic appearance of the interface.

    Thx Samuel for the chance & Merry Christmas for all …

  39. Asrielrusdyawan says:

    Thanks for this Giveaway Dear Admin. I really want to use Winrar to help me operating many files of Zip, Rar, etc. This tool is Awesome. Please count me in!

    Hope to win This Giveaway!
    Merry Christmas to All!

    THX, LJBU!

  40. Michał says:

    I need it to archive!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Winrar is exceptional because of its overall usability/ergonomy and for features such as file protection & recovery.
    Count me in please.
    Thanks and
    Happy holidays.

  42. Vaibhav Manral says:

    winrar is awesome……..and i want its license…….

  43. Evandro says:

    Hello friends!
    Winrar is one of the best sotwares that I have used. I have de 3.80 version, and it´s great. I hope I can win this new version too. Thanks for this chance and nice end of the year to everybody.

  44. Pivoman says:

    I like WinRAR because it can backup data and reduce the size of e-mail attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
    Please count me in.

  45. Ulisses says:

    Winrar rules !
    Best one in market for years, I can’t live without it.

    Happy 2012 !

  46. Silvester says:

    Thanks for the Winrar review and giveaway.
    Winrar is best compression archiver & I wish to win license of latest version.
    Please count me in.

  47. Anonymous says:

    I cannot say whether WinRAR is the best (or worst, for that matter) archiving program, because I never used it. However, I would like to do so, because it definitely is a big player in this field. Thanks for this giveaway.

  48. Anonymous says:

    i like winrar. winrar is fast user friendly also antivirus checking and split archive.
    please count me in. thanks.

  49. Murphy says:

    First of all I would like to say you : Merry Christmas !
    Please count me in this Giveaway .
    What I like ? Everything .
    I tested version 3.93 : .
    Best regards !

  50. eee says:

    I like it becouse of it’s high compression, multiple format support, ease of use, clean interface. Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Alex says:

    WinRAR is a very useful program. I use it every day. It is fast and easy to use. Thank you for the contest 🙂!/KrycekAlex/status/150894425642516481

  52. Pkt says:

    WinRAR is a powerful all-in-one archiving solution. It is a very useful software. I’d use it to compress large attachments for my email and to extract compressed files received. What I like most in WinRAR is its high compression ratio and Password-protect feature.
    Please count me in. Thanks a lot.!/PKPoh/status/150892175608127488

  53. Remsen says:

    Thanx for this giveaway 🙂
    I`ve already subscribed your site.
    Why winrar – it`s simply the best solution for compression – because of speed and rate. And simplicity of course.

  54. Alex says:

    In this program I like everything. Very powerful, talented, flexible and very comfortable. Thanks Techishare and Violeta for this great contest and chance to win a license for great software!!/Alex77toy/status/150882073413038080

  55. Reza says:

    hello, the best thing about winrar is its speed and simplicity, i have used many other things like opne source peazip but it was not ever comparable to winrar because winrar GUI is very simple, if you want to add some files to a rar archive you can do it with only one click but in peazip you need at least 10 clicks to do that and when it comes to speed of archiving a file, again winrar is the best with its awesome speed.

    i’m a follower of techishare :

  56. Thanks sam for the giveaway , great review, the best thing i like in winrar is it extract the broken file by enabling ” keep broken files ” Option and the multi- integration support all the known formats .you don’t need any other application to extract your files if u have winrar installed in your pc .Currently i have winrar 3.80 installed on my pc( genuine) hope i will upgrade to latest version if i won one .

  57. vhick says:

    RAR files is the most popular archive file type that is use and distribute and WinRAR is native in handling this kind of files.

  58. briareoushex says:

    Thanks for giveaway.
    Count me in.

  59. Chan says:

    WinRar is the best compression program that I’ve known so far. So I really want to win one of the licenses.
    I hope I’m lucky.!/KimHoangTran/status/150851242162270208
    Thanks Samuel and Violeta for the great giveaway!

  60. dalchina says:

    It’s the most reliable in dealing with complex archives, where Zipgenius or Tugzip have revealed some weakness.

  61. Jamil Ahmed says:

    The most powerful achiever and also most powerful archive recovery provided their is recovery data in archive. I use winrar almost everyday although the trial version. Very handy while sending a file as attachment with email or while writing a CD or DVD…..Also I keep my installer files (i.e setup) files in rar archives so as to avoid virus contamination…Also most viruses inside an archive can’t harm unless the archive is open..good way to store ‘pet viruses’..

    I sure want a winrar license.

  62. Nick says:

    The recovery is the best and has saved me before. Count me in please.

  63. Moniquehasana says:

    I LOVE WINRAR, it is so easy to use and filled with lots of extras. I liked you on FB as Monique Jones, Twitter as Jesusismygrace and get you on RSS.

    Happy Holidays

  64. xCurt says:

    I am still on WinRAR 3, and is very happy with it. But of course I want to win version 4, so I can benefit from the improved speed, the better Unicode support, and the new Extract relative paths. WinRAR is The Leader of the Pack 🙂

  65. Can i Participate in this giveaway again ?? if i can , count me in 🙂

    I really really need a software archiver because I often download music, software, Photoset and the other in the form of the archive and Winrar make it more easier for me in terms of download, upload and transfer files. oia, don’t forget, i have shared your giveaway program to my readers on my blog:

    Good Luck to me, you and everyone 🙂

  66. Rusira Dulanga says:

    I like Winrar, especially the recovery record function, helps by restoring a damaged archive, count me in,


  67. Grandong says:

    I like WinRAR for the speed & best compression rate. What else.. 🙂
    Thank you for this great giveaway

  68. Adam Wampir says:

    WinRAR is the best.
    Thanks for this giveaway.

  69. Grr says:

    Thanks Samuel for the giveaway.
    I’m already subscribed, twitter, fb …..

    The best thing abt Winrar is that it works great on 64-bit OS, making use of multi-core -without hurting the CPU. Nothing bad abt WinRar.

    Please count me in,


  70. yethz says:

    I love to have WinRAR legit key because WinRAR is the best archive manager i have tested since I tried it, and a pro version would be a nice gift before 2011 ends.
    Another awesome gifts from Tech I Share. Thank you.

    Shared on FB Fan Page:
    and already subscribed via Email Newsletter before.

    Hope I can have this great gift from Tech I Share.

  71. Matias says:

    Hi! I`d love to participate in this giveaway! Winrar is THE best compression program. Period. The thing I like the most, along with its excellent compression rate, is the possibility of adding recovery information to files. That does set Winrar apart! Thank you for the chance!

  72. Bob says:

    I have been wanting Winrar for years due to a high volume of compression that I need to do at work. Yet I have never one a license. I am very thankful for the chance to win a license. Thanks

  73. Walt says:

    Many years ago I bought a copy of WinRar and I was very happy with it until my computer died. I now using a free zip program and I would be very happy to win a copy on WinRar. Thank you for this Christmas giveaway.

    Merry Christmas

  74. Pat says:

    From all the programs I tried, I like Winrar the most. It’s fast, handy and just great. I also really like the “repair” option incase the archief get’s broken, that’s very usefull and it works!

    Thanks and Merry Christmas to all !

  75. Anonymous says:

    I love WinRar. I work with large audio samples and it is the perfect tool for archiving. I would really like a license. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  76. Bionic says:

    Merry Christmas everyone, thank you very much Violeta & Samuel.
    It’s hard to say what I like most and I had to sit back and think for a moment.

    Personally I prefer stability over new features so stability is my answer.
    I have yet to hear anyone complain about WinRAR or hear WinRAR let someone down, so yes.. definitely stability.

    I compress pretty much everything I download, I save space, I also feel more comfortable doing this in case of malware outbreaks.

    When I synchronize/backup my drives process gets done much quicklier when files are compressed, when copying to external devices, same there.. process gets done much quicklier when compressed, it’s benefit all the way.

    Besides compressing I’ve sometimes used WinRAR to benchmark new computerbuilds, works great to.

    Sure, I’m interested in WinRAR, I’ll join this premium raffle.

    Have a nice holiday now and all the best… B

  77. Olsen says:

    WinRar is the best but non freeware.. But maybe I’ll win one licence;]
    Merry Christmas!!

  78. Damian says:

    I greet
    I found out just about Your competition. I tested WinRAR and delighted this programme. Not to stand me the shopping of this programme unfortunately. The test version has 30 days, but I noticed his huge possibilities by this time.
    I used also different programmes to forming archives such given how 7zip. However he did not fulfil my the expectation.
    WinRAR is just the best programme to the filing of the data according to me. Transparent infrejs has the Omawiany programme, he is the very easy programme in the use thanks to this. Many various formats operate in this obviously which RAR very much he is the most popular. Great wish that WinRAR is such road but there surely worth is one’s price. I would like ptrzymać very much the licence WinRAR – the splendid present would be this on the star for me. I do not have the account on Facebook neither Twitter now I can not there write about Your competition.
    I apologize for possible mistakes in the spelling.
    I wish successes to all
    I greet The administration Avinashtech
    Merry Christmass!

  79. Neo says:

    This program is one of the best programs to compress or decompress files, which have a shareware version soon, I will end, and I would love to continue to use this program. This is one of basic programs in my case, for packing pictures and documents. Therefore, if you choose me, I was very glad that I am in possession of such a wonderful program that is WinRAR. We know you can get this program in a different way, but I do not want to do that, because the programmers are doing a lot and did a good job, make this application. Therefore, I would not want to get this program in other ways.!/Jar4ek/status/150671275487002624

    Yours cordially Jarek.

  80. TRY says:

    Thanks Samuel and RarLabs for the cool Winrar giveaway.
    A very Merry Xmas to you and your family 😀
    I like the Locking and Password protection of archives feature.

    Best Regards

  81. Giovanni says:

    What I like most in Winrar??

    Easy answer:

    – its outstanding and unique compression ratio speed
    – its amazing encryption capabilities
    – its extensive files type support (RAR, ZIP, Z and 7-Zip, CAB ISO etc…)
    – its capability to backup files before compressing them, to test and even scan the archives for viruses before decompressing them
    – its single and very easy to use interface, enabling users to handle the most popular compression formats out there with ease

    THE GAME IS OVER ==> Winrar is the best archiver & file archive manager ever released so far!! A must have tool every heavy downloader should have in his arsenal!!

    Please count me in!!!/permalink.php?story_fbid=158609687576508&id=100002833609718

  82. Vaibhav Srivastava says:

    WinRar is one of the most useful and ideal tool to manage and control archive files as it is able to lock, password protect, test and repair archives and its really fast as well as easy to use. I shared about this giveaway and would like to win a genuine key of it.!/vibhusri/status/150654585843892224

    Fingers are crossed now and hope the best for me.. 🙂

  83. Jess says:

    Best archiver is why I want it. Thanks

  84. Anonymous says:

    WinRAR is the best, is fast and easy to use, Speed and the best compression and has excellent compression rate.

  85. Fnoman says:

    It is the no. 1 in ranked..definitely I want this.

  86. Southtownguy says:

    I would love to win a copy f Win Rar !!! its a quality program and the best for compression files!!! Please count me in

  87. Mishasin says:

    Thanks for this nice contest. Count me in, please. WinRAR is such a great archiver; hope to win one of the licenses.

  88. Roberto Quero Amate says:

    Is the best. The best compresor of the World.
    Is fast, easy, and Good.
    Please one license for my. Please, Please.

  89. Yashiscool says:

    WinRAR is by-far the best RAR archiver. I have used other compression softwares for RAR but nothing beats WinRAR. WinRAR always has an edge over the other paid RAR Compression softwares.
    I would love to win one over here. Please give me.

  90. Aman says:

    Winrar is the best file archiver and data compression software .. install it and you can open virtually any compress format with it… i would like to have one copy of the license … thanks….

  91. Emt_32 says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway.

  92. Aman says:

    the best part of Winrar that it supports all compress formats … so install i and u an open any compress format… i would like t have on copy of the license too…. Thanks

  93. Hahaha Lol says:

    i HOPE i WIN I like Winrar

  94. Linu says:

    Hi I would like to win this as this program has all the formats of Zip etc and its fast too. Already subscribe in Twitter.Thanks for the giveaway.

  95. Have says:

    Hi Samuel!
    Another interesting program on your site. For backup I use 7zip. Program WinRAR I think the best archiver, and if I’m lucky to win it, I’ll be happy to use it.
    Best regards!

  96. Joa13 says:

    I think WinRar is the legendary software. I always want to win this software because is very good. Once I test it trial version but I want to win full version this great software. Great contest. Please count me in. 🙂 Merry XMas. 🙂!/joapio13/status/150624554887294976

  97. Angel Velichkov says:

    I like WinRAR for it’s good compression ratios and handy interface. It’s also fast enough and there’s integrated functionality to repair broken archives. Currently I’m using 7zip that is very good archiver also and it’s completely free. Still I prefer WinRAR. A license would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

  98. ischar says:

    What I like about WinRAR that it have a built-in RAR and ZIP archive repairer. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  99. Relly says:

    well, the best archiver , WinRAR, really fast,extracts lot of types of archives, help saves disk space, really love to use it, hope to win one license,thanks alot , really another great giveaway…………

  100. Nikanth says:

    Winrar is the best file archiver .
    Its very fast and solid performer..
    Thanks for the giveaway .. count me in please..

  101. Mike M says:

    Read so much about WinRar just got to try for a copy for myself. Merry Christmas to all and good luck to everyone.

  102. Anonymous says:

    I’m very happy to know that this giveaway, which is I like the winrar is because winrar has a 64 bit version, but it also provides many options winrar theme, so I’m not bored

  103. Tihamér says:

    Nowadays most of the files you download from the Internet seems to be compressed with an archive utility, and you need to have at least one of them installed on your computer. Back in the era of Windows 98 Second Edition I used WinRAR, because it was the most popular out there, and everybody used the .RAR archive format. The application was lightweight and pretty much easy to use, and stable as a rock. Don’t get me wrong nothing has changed, it’s still the best compression utility out there. The space that WinRAR uses on your hard drive it’s pretty much minimal, just a couple megabytes. The only downside is that after 40 days you have to register it. The application tells you every time you launch it that WinRAR is shareware and you have to register it, or remove it from your computer. Though back then you could use the program for more than 40 days, you just have to click on the “Close” button. The only limitation back then was the nag screen, and I’m not sure that the most recent versions do the same thing like Total Commander does. There are ways to remove the nag screen by modifying the main executable file, but that is against the terms and conditions, so I don’t do that.

    There are many free compression utilities out there that are free. I tried several of them, but seems that it’s pretty much hard to find one that matches your taste. I’m pretty much very picky about software, the user interface has to look great, and needs to be logical to use. For instance 7-Zip is a great alternative to WinRAR, but I don’t like how the UI looks. The same thing applies for IZArc and PeaZip. I used all of them, I tested all of them, but I didn’t quite liked one of them. All of them are great alternatives and does the job, but not the way I would like to do.

    ESTsoft back in 2010 offered a free copy of ALZip for everyone who applied for a license key, and I got one once version 8 was finished. I’m using it but rarely. I still miss some features from WinRAR, like amount of tweaking possibilities.

    I did a lot of search until I found a great compression utility, and I’m pretty much happy with it for now. The name of the program is HaoZip. It’s made by some great Chinese people, and it’s very-very similar to WinRAR. A lot of people call it a rip-off, and pretty much that’s what it is. But the UI is gorgeous. Here’s a screenshot so you can see what I mean. Just take a look at it below. The application has full support for compression and decompression of 7Z, ZIP and TAR archives, and can create sub-volume compressed files, self-extracting files, also supports the encryption of the compressed file.

    Supports RAR, ISO, UDF, ISZ, ACE, UUE, CAB, BZIP2, ARJ, JAR, LZH, RPM, Z, LZMA, NSIS, CHM, DMG, HFS, WIM, DEB, MSI, CPIO, XAR and other formats unzip the file, while supporting a variety of self-extracting file to decompress. So pretty much everything.

    The perfect support for the mouse drag and drop operations and Windows right-click menu, property sheet shell extensions, just like WinRAR does.

    Has an internal image viewer, so you can view a picture inside the compressed file directly without extracting image preview. All it’s done on the fly. It’s very similar to WinZip’s feature.

    It supports multi-threading technology, effective use of multi-core CPU, improve the speed of compression and decompression.

    Other features are included like an Image Conversion Tool, MD5 Checksum Tool, Batch Rename Tool, Batch Replace Tool, and a Malware Detect Tool. Oh, and forgot to mention that the application is supports themes.

    But still the number one compression utility I love is WinRAR, and every time I reinstall Windows I install WinRAR to enjoy it for another 40 days. After that I pretty much have to uninstall it with tears in my eyes. It’s such a great program, well written in C++, that it’s available in pretty much all languages all out there. My favorite theme is OrgRar by Pandastudio from another great Chinese guy. It supports 64 Bit operating systems just like HaoZip

    So thank you for the Roshal brothers and Tech I Share for making this giveaway possible, I would really would love to have a license to this amazing program. Please count me in guys, though I’m pretty much sure that my chances are low. Good luck for everyone.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  104. Pachomora says:

    Hello everyone:

    First of all thanks for this giveaway.

    I would like to win a license because Winrar is the best archiver ever for me.

    Thanks again and good luck for everyone.

  105. Anonymous says:

    nice software! thanks for the giveaway! count me in plese

    I Subscribe this to my email and Share this on my Facebook

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    abo bahaa ali
    I like WinRAR because it is the best file compression software

  106. Mayur says:

    Nice Giveaway, Please Count me in…
    WinRAR is powerful compression software. can compress any kind of file and help in saveing disk space.!/sharma1118/status/150597940153552896
    Thanks For Giveaway

  107. Kate says:

    Merry Christmas,

    Great giveaway count me in. This is truly the best compression and decompression program. I love everything about it from the options to the interface.

    Thanks for the Giveaway

  108. bala says:

    WinRar is one of the best archivers. Love its interface which is clutterless. It also not a bloatware. Please count me in Sam. I hope i win and merry xmas bro.

  109. Pss0612 says:

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas, may this Christmas be unique and will bring everyone much joy and happiness which we share.
    WinRAR fits perfectly in a festive atmosphere, thanks to techishare holidays will be not forgotten – super. Merry Christmas Greetings to all.

  110. MohammadWasiullah says:

    Winrar is best software for the compressing and password protected for important data most important thing is very small but very powerful tool for divide in parts
    Thanks for giveaway!/mohammadwasi786/status/150581744943374336

  111. Roti says:

    Thanks Samuel and Tech I Share for this great giveaway, I’m not going to miss this so now I’m counting on my luck.

    Winrar is the best file compression software available out there. Winrar is easy to use, support tons of archive formats and it works faster than 7zip.
    I used cracked version of winrar two years ago back when 7zip wasn’t popular as today. It’s the first and the last pirated software I will ever use, it’s just unethical, immoral and illegal. So I switched to 7zip last year and I’ve been using it since today. But to be honest, winrar is by far the best file archiver I’ve ever used, so I look forward to use it in future. I would be very happy to grab a free license. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!

    • Samuel says:

      Great decision Roti. Yes, it’s unethical, immoral and at the same time we are risking ourselves by using cracked versions, because we don’t know which trojan/spyware is embedded in that cracked version.

      Also, freewares aren’t inferior. There are many freewares that outperform many sharewares and I really wish that everyone will identify this truth as you did 🙂

    • xCurt says:

      you deserve NOT to win 🙁

  112. Daniel Tan says:

    Great I been using this for a long time since and never ever looking for other compression tool ever since. It is awesome even when with free version. It feature which allow us to customize and set the file size to be split is brilliant especially. Please do count me in this. Thank you.!/coolng1990/status/150576725514911745

    Merry Christmas guy!

  113. Dinesh Kumar says:

    Great Software , Simple and smart, Need One
    Twitted here!/pantherchd/status/150577134157561856
    Following on twitter as @pantherchd
    Consider me in the list.
    Thanks in advance.

  114. Anthony says:

    I like the options that Winrar has for decompression and compression. Thanks for the giveaway.

  115. Paddy says:

    Merry Christmas to all,

    WinRar is my absolute favourite archiver, i find that it is so easy to use and the rar algorithm is a great compressor, obviously it incorporates the ubiquitious zip algorithm as well, so you can create and open up, possibly the commonest archive around and being able to create sfx archives allows those not lucky enough to own a rar compatible program to have self opening archives, also available for Linux and Mac in commandline form. In tests that i have tried (rather amateur tests i’m afraid) i found that WinRar was the fastest archiver in the group that i tried, although .7z had slightly better compression ratios and of course .zip is much the defacto archive format (currently), of course Mac have Stuffit, which is good, but has limited availability outside of Mac and then Linux has .tar (not really compressed, but archived into a single file) and .gz and .bz, which WinRar will decompress so another nice ability to have when working across different platforms.
    All in all a very worthy application to have on any box and i for one will throw my hat in the ring in the hope of procuring a licence.

    Good Luck to All.

  116. Anonymous says:

    WinRAR is a long-time favored app. I like it’s recover options the best!

    Merry Christmas, Samuel!!

  117. Cool says:

    I upload a lot so file compressor is essential for me. I am currently using and loving Winrar because it allow me to compress my file easily. I can also add password and description so that no one can leech my file that I shared. It extraction of file is also fast too without slowing down my system performance as other compressor which slowing down my system especially whenever I extract file which is huge around 6GB it will make my system lagging.

    Thank again for such awesome giveaway would love to have a license myself to remove the free version pop up every time I run Winrar. Would love to unlock and try its full version feature too.!/CoolCrackerz/status/150576062764564482

    Thank again and be happy tomorrow is Christmas 😀

  118. Jay says:

    Already a subscriber.

    Please include me for the giveaway. I’ve used WinRar and I find it is fast, easy to use interface and powerful features to make dealing with archived files less stressful. Thank you.

  119. mac says:

    What I like most in WinRAR? Speed and the best compression. Thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in.

  120. Anonymous says:

    Great archive compression software, please include me in contest. I’m interested to image and music compression algorythm.

  121. Naits says:

    WinRar is the most useful and ideal tool to manage and control archive files. It can compress folder and file for easy transfer throught email via internet and at the same time decompress it back to its original size. I need this software to manage and control archive. It is very easy to use and I like it. Please count me in. Thanks and Merry Christmas everyone!!/Najts/status/150571214010724353

  122. Kovalsky says:

    Winrar is the best software for archiving data, the new version of this program is faster than the previous one. Thanks for the great contest!

  123. Vonz25 says:

    WinRAR is the best.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Merry Christmas!

  124. Conti says:

    Winrar is fast and easy to use.
    It can lock, password protect, test and repair archives.
    I woul like to win a license.
    Thanks for this giveaway.!/contifor/status/150565508708696064

  125. Dacko says:

    WinRAR is the best. Mostly I like the speed of it, it’s really fast. Also WinRAR has excellent compression rate. Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!!/Dacko3/status/150560841761161216

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