ABC 7: Winrar Archiever Review plus Giveaway

PS:- This review is done by one of our Forum members Grr.

Developer’s description:

WinRAR is a powerful tool allowing you to manage and control archive files. Console RAR supports archives only in RAR format, which names usually have a “.rar” extension. ZIP and other formats are not supported. Windows users may install GUI RAR version – WinRAR, which is able to process much more archive types.

RAR features include:

  • Highly sophisticated, original compression algorithm
  • Special compression algorithms optimized for text, audio,
  • graphics data, 32 and 64-bit Intel executables
  • Better compression than similar tools, using ‘solid’ archiving
  • Authenticity verification (registered version only)
  • Self-extracting archives and volumes (SFX)
  • Ability to recover physically damaged archives
  • Locking, password, file order list, file security & more …

The Good:

1. Light weight on system resources
2. Right click context menu integration

3. Small size
4. Ability to create Self-extracting archives and volumes (SFX)
5. Ability to recover physically damaged archives, using the recovery record
6. Compared to WinZip the compression is better.
7. Lot of Themes are available
8. Command line support
9. Settings could be imported/exported as .REG file.
10. Ability to add Information to the rar file
11. Continuous addition of new features from the developer
12. Supports all popular compression formats (RAR, ZIP, WinZip, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip).

13. Supports data encryption using 128 bit password encryption.
14. The RAR creation Wizard is very simple, and easy to use.
15. Allows different modes of compression such as fastest, fast, normal, good and best.

16. Allows splitting the resulting rar file into several parts based on predefined values or user-defined values. see-01

17. Ability to create Log file.
18. Simple & easy settings.

The Bad:


It supports both 32bit and 64 bit Operating system. You can download a trial version of Winrar.


Thanks to Yosefine from Winrar, I have Fifteen (15) Licenses of  Winrar to giveaway .  One license is reserved for reviewer Grr. The rules are simple. For being eligible to participate in contest/draw, you need to do the following:

  1. Subscribe to Avinashtech by entering your email address in the subscribe box on right sidebar of the blog or by clicking this link. Do remember to verify your email address when you get the verification email from Feedburner.
  2. After that, just leave your name and email address in the form by clicking this link.
  3. Leave a comment below telling why you would like to have Winrar License.

Keep in mind, Multiple entries will disqualify you from the draw.

Forum Discussion thread: Winrar Giveaway : Discussion and Review/ feedback

PS:- ADAWARE Pro Giveaway (25 licenses) Coming tomorrow.

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  1. I would like to finally get the WinRar pro version so i can stop seeing that nag pop-up that i’ve been getting for years now when I’m using the expired evaluation version!

  2. Nice review Grr 🙂

    I have a licensed version of Winrar 3.80. But it cant be updated

    I primarily use it to compress large attachments before mailing them.
    And to extract downloaded files of course.

    Thanks Avi for the giveaway. I have filled up the form 🙂

  3. Why? Because WinRAR ROCKS!!! I’ve participated in every giveaway for this great app I’ve been able to find for over a year without luck 🙁

    Maybe, I’ll get lucky this time. One can hope. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity. Happy B-day!

  4. Hi,
    Thanks for this Giveaway ( and not only ) .
    I would like to win a license because from my point of view is the best archiving program .
    Best regards !

  5. Hi Avinash..:)

    Thanks for giveaway opportunity, special thanks to WinRAR team for providing the licenses, and Grr for the nice review. Please count me in. I’ve already subscribed via email and activated it. I’ve also filled up the form. I like WinRAR because it can backup my data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
    Happy 2nd Birthday,

  6. I’ve been a frequent WinRAR user for many years. But for the several past giveaways covering older builds, I’ve had to limit myself with betas and trials which lose some functionality after 40 days.

    I hope to finally get the latest licensed version through this promo.

    Thank you very much for a great product and one of the best geek forums.

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to you, Av. More power!

  7. Thanks for this giveaway.Winrar is the best file compression tool and it is so useful for me.It is better than winzip and i want it.hope i win.

  8. Winrar is the greatest archiver, as I know, now I am using 7zip, but I want Winrar very much, and I hope,that Fortune will smile at me.

  9. WinRAR is an amazing archive manager. I’d wanted to have it in my system.
    Please count me in.
    Thanks Avi for wonderful giveaway!


  10. I’ve followed grr a few months on twitter and i think it’s the first time i’ve seen any review by him (Thumbs up), I’m momentarily using the covermount promotion of winrar 3.80 so upgrading to 64bit would be precious.

    Thanks Ash and Happy Anniversary & Thank you Yosefine for gathering a promotion here for WinRAR.

    The best & Merry Christmas to everyone.

  11. Hello, count me in. I’ve subscribed and left my name and email in the form.
    I want a winrar license because I have used the trial for a lot of time and it’s a very good software, like the review says nothing is bad with it if you have paid for it (the nag screen is bad when using it without paying).

  12. Thanks Avi for the giveaway.
    I like WinRAR because it can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP.

  13. Hi Avinash,
    Thanks for the WinRaR giveaway.I feel this one is best paid Archiever for compressing and decompressing may files.I really like its data encryption feature of 128-bits for security and privacy and also its GUI is neat and easy to use.Additional thanks to Yosefine as well.Hoping to win this one.

  14. Please count me.I am a longtime subscriber.I want a WinRaR license for its support of wide variety of different archive formats,I use.

  15. I used to own this a long, long time ago and liked it a lot. Since then I’ve had a few trial versions, but couldn’t justify paying the price – While I’d like to have it for the extra features it provides, I don’t really need it as some of the lighter free archivers do well enough. However if I could get a free version… 🙂

  16. Definitely one of the Best programs out there. It’s a “must have” for every computer and every user. And even it can serve as security program, by password protecting files, thus making it only available to the right owner. There are so many applications with simillar function, but there is only One that deserves spot number 1.
    It would be a privilege if i win and own a license.

  17. Absolutely fantastic, the best archiver on the market. This contest is a great opportunity for the full version.

  18. Finally! I’ve been waiting for this for some time…
    Why would I like to have a WinRAR license? Simple: becouse it satisfies almost all of my compression/decompression needs and it’s high quality software. Thank you Avinash & RARLAB!

  19. The most successful and well-known program to handle the archive in each computer. I am using the free version. It would be nice if there was one in a fully legal version to my computer. Indeed – he would have Christmas gift.
    Thank you – and good luck to myself and others in this competition.

  20. WinRAR is a powerful all-in-one archiving solution – very useful software. I use it to compress large attachments for my email and to extract compressed files received.
    Please count me in. Thanks a lot.

  21. hi Avinash first of all congrats u to complete the two years in succesion in these two years u gave a lot to users speacially me i’ve learned a lot thanx for u to make things easiar for the users well i ll be more oblize if i win the winrar license hope u carry all good work for the coming years

  22. As I am not a techie, I love creativity in softwares. I have been using open source compression softwares like 7z, Peazip and Izarc and paid Stuffit Deluxe. And have enjoyed all of them thoroughly for their different approaches, GUI etc.
    I have never tried the .rar format yet and would love to own one of it out of curosity.

  23. I want to enter this contest , because winrar is best archive application all over the world
    Thank you , and good luck everyone

  24. Очень хорошая программа по сравнению с другими архиваторами

    Very good program compared to other archivers

  25. good review Grr
    dont count me

    just wanted to wish good luck to all and thx avi for organizing these giveaways
    just waiting for norton giveaway 🙂

  26. from the first I’ve been very pleased with this software, in addition to speed and performance, other things that I like is because this software fully supports windows 7 64 bit and we can change the skin winrar with tastes that we want

  27. WINRAR is on of the Oldest Archive Tools & for me it is the most powerful archive tool to read almost whole type of Archive. Hope I can win on License for this Giveaway time..

    THX, LJBU!

  28. still one of the best ,i can use it because i use still the 3;80 version a upgrade woth be great

    cheers 1masterblaster2

  29. Hi, I would like to win a license because Winrar is the best software out there for file compression. Tested the trail version and the compression algorithm is so powerful yet still using very little computer resources.

  30. Hi WInrar is an excellent tool and replace winzip in honest way, needed for extra features available that cant be foud in free alternative plus excellent suppor.winrar has good compression rate, useful feature is “Encrypt file names” i.e, when setting password to a .rar file, if this option is checked, the user will not be able to view even the filename in the compressed file. a self-installing file? WinZip and WinRAR both offer the SFX module options but only WinRAR allows you to customize your install logos, icons and your own copyright statements.

    for ranking winrar is better

  31. Winrar is “must have application”, it’s easy to use by intuitive interface and vastly effective in compression file. Currently using 7zip, hope this time can win one license of winrar
    Thanks Avi

  32. This is really a geat tool and one of the must have tool for the archiving files, but I failed to get licence to unlock it unto now and I’m using 7-zip instead. Therefore, I will be very happy if I win a licence this time so that I can add it to my arsenal.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  33. Avinash,
    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway(s). Very good review, Grr. Well done!
    I’d like to have WinRAR because I’m a software hoarder. I still have software on 5-1/4″ diskettes (actually even a couple of 8″). I’d really like to archive all my stuff. Although disk space is cheap these days, compressing multiple files to a single archive makes tracking easier.
    I bought WinZip so I could be an owner of a “lifetime” license. That lifetime ended with the update to v11, I believe, and they wanted me to buy another license.
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  34. Hi
    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the contest for the best archiever license.
    Please, count me in

  35. I like WinRar because it is a very simple and easy to use tool. It can compress and decompress any documents and can easily transport them via internet. Most important of all, it is a must to have tool you must possess or equip with to enable all sorts of works to be done each day. Simply say You just can’t do anything without it.
    Please include me in this giveaway and thanks to Avinashtech for this special event!

  36. WinRAR offers unpacking support for a large number of archive formats, including TAR, ACE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, and ZIP. I hope to win this free giveaway.

  37. This is the best zip and rar program there is, nothing beats it. Would love to have a copy of this for my very own.

  38. The good compression speed, the low memory usage, SFX capability and a great reputation is why I want to win WINRAR. Another incredible giveaway and thanks.

  39. Winrar is a best compression and extract program at the time. I alway use it to extract a lot of files when I download from internet. And I don’t want to use crack program because It is ilegal, So I hope that you can giveaway me and everyone a license genuine of the manufacturer. Thank you and happy birthday Avinashtech.

  40. well, the best WinRar, i,ve been using for so long, a necessity for everybody using computer, the sadbthing i’m using an old version, be very glad if i’ll win one license, great offers thanks alot……

  41. I think it’s definitely the best program to compress data.I am using a free version for a very long time, and frankly, I do not imagine my computer without this program.I hope that someday I will manage to get the full version … and maybe even now?…
    My congratulations and I warmly greet!

    Thanks Avi

  42. I like to win a license of winRar because of its user friendly interface, fast compression speeds and supports multiple formats so I can easily archive my important data and documents.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  43. I like WINRAR because it’s simple and very useful tool and ability to repair damaged archives is good.Count on me.Cheers everyone.(review is very good).

  44. Thanks for this giveaway
    Winrar is the best software for file compression and extract. it’s easy to use and fully supports windows 7 64 bit.
    Please, count me in

  45. Hi there, congratulations for this beautiful post & celibration of Avinashtech!
    Impressing work that have been done here by everyone, very nice:)

    Keep up the work & my best Wishes for a successful continuation of this well needed creation!
    Thank you guys for all great articles

    //a non Mac user lol

  46. I’ve been using Winrar for some time now, and I really would like to get a license for it because I love this program! 🙂

  47. wish i am not late, winrar is a great softwares , i use its 3.80 ver , mostly i use winrar to extract and compress my data , another thing i like it because it support multiple extensions and compress and extract large data faster as compare to winzip .wish i will win a key for the latest version ..

    Thanks Avinash for the giveaway

  48. I would like to win a license for winrar because it is the best archiver out there. I have been using it for more than decade

  49. Hi, thanks for this nice giveaway.
    I like winrar because it has a nice UI, better compression, and can encrypt files split big file, I would say its one of the best compression tool.

  50. Hey Avinash thanks for this giveaway.
    I would love a winrar license as it is of great use to extract and compressing.
    Moreover I would like to get rid of the popup which says to purchase a license

  51. In my opinion Winrar is one of the “must have” utilities for any system.So obviously I have installed it on my laptop.However,it is an older version,3.80 to be precise,which I grabbed from a “Pc Welt” promotion.So,given a chance,I would definitely like to upgrade to the latest version.The feature that impresses me most is that while creating an encrypted archive,Winrar provides the option to encrypt even the file names!!.Now,this feature gives it a unique edge over Winzip because the ability to encrypt file names,file sizes and file attributes is only provided by the “rar format” archives which Winzip is unable to create.So keeping in mind the things I have said above,do include me in the giveaway please.
    P.S. I have already subscribed to the email newsletter

  52. Winrar is the best in its category , i tried trial version , waiting for full version results , Merry christmas to all of you

  53. This Winrar license would come in handy as it would replace other compressed file managers (including an older version of Winrar).

    So please count me in, thank you

  54. A chance to win one of my software favorites. Count me in. Very useful due to all the different compression formats WinRAR supports.

  55. I have been using IZarc and must say it is a brilliant program and it’s also freeware, but I would like to try WinRAR again, as I use to use it and loved it, so it will bring back some good memories.

  56. I used to use winrar but I got tired of the pesky popup.. i started to use 7-zip and havae been using that for a while.. I would love to go back to winrar and would love a shot at this..

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

  57. because it is the compression software most used, the more stable, so I can open with it any archive that I downloaded

  58. I’m waiting for license more then 2 years. I participated in many competitions, giveaways to get a license. Maybe this time will be mine?

  59. This is a first software I always install on new computers, very powerful.And everybody knows this is the best archiving manager.Please count me in.

  60. WinRAR very good program to compress and archive plików.Prosty interface to quickly and niezbędny.Dziękuję for this contest:)

  61. Hi,
    Sorry but I changed my mind. Please do not take me into consideration for this Giveaway . Thank you .
    Congratulations again for all Giveaways .
    Best regards !

  62. Winrar archiever is one of the best in its category, i know because i am currently using version 3.xx. This will be a much needed upgrade.

  63. Thank for this giveaway I need this license because it is a very good software and I am using the free version right now. Find it very annoying every time running a zipped file a pop up will appear telling it is unregistered. It also remove some limitation for free user.

    Thank for another great giveaway! Count me in 🙂

  64. Nothing tops WinRAR as a universal archiver tool. Please consider me for the draw.
    Thank you,
    Ernie Sampson

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