In 1993, 21-year old Eugen Roshal created WinRAR and the RAR format (Roshal Archive). After 17 years, when asked what compression software they use more, most of users answer WinRAR. And why not? It’s very flexible, easy to use and light.
The program boasts an interface which allow you to see the function of the icons when you place the cursor on them. From the developer’s site you can also download different themes if you’re not satisfied with the default one. When installed on Vista, the WinRAR also features a few interface tweaks. The Folder Tree Panel is very useful and allows you to browse through your directories and find files very easily. Recent versions of WinRAR also include an integrated virus scanner.
The compression rate of WinRAR beats that of WinZIP with 8 to 15 percent, so no wonder so many users and developers prefer the first.
WinRAR can unpack many archive formats, such as ACE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, TAR, and, of course, ZIP. The software has NTFS and Unicode support for international formatting, damaged archive repair, embedded file comments, , self-extracting archives, archive locking, and easy encryption. Temporary files and just-archived files can be set to be automatically deleted.
WinRAR is available on systems with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. The latest version is 3.93 and it fixes a bug from WinRAR 3.92 . You can download WinRAR 3.93 (32-bit) from here. The downloadable version is a 40-day trial version. You can buy WinRAR for $29.00.