WinZip is an MS Windows utility that allows users to easily extract files from a compressed archive file. In addition to the ubiquitous .zip archive format, WinZip supports a variety of formats often found on the Internet, including .tar, .gz, .tgz, BinHex, and the MIME format often used in email messages. For storing files offline or sending files to a friend or colleague, WinZip allows users to create .zip archives with a convenient drag'n'drop interface. WinZip also supports integration with McAfee VirusScan or Norton Antivirus to check for viruses even before a file is decompressed. While some of the functionality included in WinZip is duplicated in the MS Windows Plus Pack, WinZip's added support for many commonly found formats and its tight integration with an array of other utilities make it worth a look. WinZip runs on Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT 4.0, and 2000. A single license is $29, with significant discounts for multiple copies, and an evaluation version can be downloaded from the WinZip Website. German, French, and Japanese-enabled versions of WinZip are also available.
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