Two awesome new free ZIP archiving programs that you’ve probably never heard of

We recently published a big comparison of free ZIP archiving and compression programs on Freewaregenius that looked at many of the more well known (and some not so well known) free ZIP programs out there. The conclusion: we liked HaoZip, 7-Zip, and PeaZip best, in that order. Since then, some readers have alerted us to


The Best Free Compression / ZIP program: a comparison

A Zip/compression program is an essential fixture on any computer. There are so many excellent free compression apps that I am always astounded when someone asks me if there is a good ‘Winzip’ alternative out there. But the real question is: which is the BEST free compression/archiving program available. f We set out to test

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Zip2Fix: extract undamaged files from a corrupt ZIP archive

I’ve been waiting to test a couple of freeware ZIP archive recovery apps for some time. And then, it finally happened (oh joy); I downloaded a zip file from the internet, which for whatever reason turned out to be corrupt. The testing can now begin! Zip2Fix is a small program that can salvage files from


Hamster Free Zip Archiver: super stylish compression program

When it comes to Zip/compression programs, there are so many excellent free options out there that I am constantly surprised when I receive emails from readers asking for “an alternative to Winzip”. (You can check out a list of excellent free compression software here). That being said, the people behind Hamster Free Zip Archiver have created


Haozip: powerful free archiving manager

Haozip is a powerful free archive manager. It can compress and extract archives in 7z, ZIP and TAR formats and can extract 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 compression formats. Haozip is a full-featured archiving tool


Four Mini Reviews: SimplyZip, DP MediaInfo, IndexMaker, and UPXG

this posting will provide a number of mini-reviews for freeware programs written by the amazing Dirk Paehl: SimplyZip, DP MediaInfo, IndexMaker, and UPXG. I received an email from reader Christ T (CT) which had insightful things to say about a number of freeware titles written by Dirk Paehl. CT kindly allowed me to use his



Jzip is a free compression utility based on 7-Zip. It features the same reliability, high compression ratios, and speed that 7Zip provides with an enhanced user interface. Before installing PLEASE NOTE: unless you choose the CUSTOM INSTALL option and uncheck the Yahoo toolbar and other software, you may install bundled software/toolbars/etc. that you do not want.



TugZip is a poweful, full-featured 100% free compression/archiving program that supports all the major compression formats including ZIP, RAR, ACE and many others (see below). TugZip is my definite choice for powerful, free compression program, for the following reasons: