Support most compressed and encoded files, with powerful features and tools


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Handles nearly 50 different compression formats.
Large file download and memory footprint; the installer is bundled with OpenCandy.

Our Review:

If multi-format capabilities are important to you, I'd recommend IZArc. IZArc is a freeware archive utility supporting many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM.

With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more. IZArc has also built-in multi-language support.

IZArc can be configured to run your preferred Anti-Virus scanner when you open any archives. It also supports 256-bit AES encryption to secure your data.

If you already use WinZip you'll find either IZArc or 7-Zip make excellent companion products. They can read just about all the major archive formats, including the widely used RAR.

Besides the portable version IZArc2Go, the developer also offers a mobile version IZArc for iOS.

Note: Despite saying this on their website: "IZArc is 100% virus free and it doesn't contain any spyware or adware.", the desktop program is bundled with OpenCandy (See this article for more information.). If you want to do away with OpenCandy, you have to add a switch, for example C:\IZArcSetup.exe /NOCANDY, when installing the program.

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I have downloaded and installed IZArc 4.2 and it's no longer bundled with any adware.