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You may have heard about WinRAR and its excellent compression algorithms. Just how good is it compared to other programs? If you try creating a RAR using WinRAR, and create Zips or similar archive formats using the exact same set of files, with other software, you will notice the difference yourself.

WinRAR helps you save extra storage space, by compressing files in a smaller archive. Every megabyte counts, right? More so, when your hard drive is a low capacity one, or if you are using a mobile data network or an internet connection which is capped to a certain limit of data. You don’t want to run out of data or space quickly, which is exactly what you can do with the program.

WinRAR has a very user friendly interface, which you can get familiar with quite quickly. You can use the wizard to create archives, if you are new to the application. There are many ways to create an archive; using the command line tool, or the interface, or by using the context menu in Windows File Explorer.

WinRAR can repair corrupted archives, and you can also test archives to check whether they are corrupted or not.

The RAR format is not the only one which WinRAR supports, the program can also create ZIP and RAR4 archives. You can also use it to open the following archive types: Zip, 7z, CAB, ACE, Z, XZ, ISO, ARJ, JAR, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2.  There are many compression methods to choose from and dictionary sizes to select. The program automatically recognizes multimedia files, and optimally compresses the archive to reduce the size without impacting the quality of the photos, videos, etc.

You can create self extracting archives using WinRAR, which saves them in an SFX package (self extracting EXE). This is useful if you want to say, send the archive to a person who does not have an archive opener. Isn’t that handy?

And to prevent theft of your data, you can lock them with a 256-bit encryption, and only the person who has the password, will be able to access the files in the archive.