jZip review

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File zipping and archiving tools are usually one of the first app installs after an upgrade to a new version of Windows or after buying a new PC. Files come in all shapes and sizes and having a single program that can take care of the majority of them is worth its weight in gold. jZip is one of many file compression programs that works with Windows. Here is what I think of it in an as impartial as possible jZip review.

File compression

File compression is used extensively to shrink file sizes. Whether you’re looking to email a file and want to make it smaller or to use less hard drive space, compression is how you do it. Windows can natively handle .zip files but that isn’t the only compression method out there. There is also .RAR which is used extensively across the world.

Windows will handle most .zip archives but doesn’t know how to handle .RAR and some compression ratios. That’s where jZip and other programs like it come in.

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jZip

jZip has had something of a troubled past. A couple years ago it was accused of containing malware and was linked with spreading viruses. I cannot comment on the accuracy of these as I never experienced it first-hand. However, it is definitely something to bear in mind if you are looking for a file compression app. Put ‘jZip’ into any search engine to see what I mean.

If you have it installed already on your computer and haven’t done so already, I would recommend running Malwarebytes or other malware checker to make sure your computer isn’t infected.

If you have ever used WinZip, the interface is much the same. It is a modified Explorer window within which you can navigate to files and folders and then compress or extract them. The UI is clear, friendly and makes it easy to work with the tools contained within the app.

It can read 7Z, ARJ, BZ2, BZIP2, CAB, CHI, CHM, CHQ, CPIO, DEB, DOC, EXE, GZ, GZIP, HXI, HXQ, HXR, HXS, HXW, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIT, LZH, MSI, PPT, RAR, SWM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TBZ2, TGZ, TPZ, WIM, XLS, XPI, and ZIP files, so pretty much covers the entire range of compression formats. It writes to 7Z, BZ2, GZIP, TAR and ZIP, which is good enough for most needs.

jZip also supports drag and drop so all you need do is drag the file you want to compress into the window and the program will take care of the rest. It also enables itself as a right click dialog. If you right click a compressed file, you will see ‘extract with jZip’ which makes it easy to extra files.

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So is jZip any good?

As a standalone app, jZip gets the job done admirably. It integrates into Windows, makes it easy to work with files and just does what it says on the tin. However, when you install it, the app will try to install a browser toolbar, change browser settings and install adware. That is not cool.

So however good the app itself may be, these shady install tactics make it hard to recommend it to Techjunkie users. Especially as there are some very good tools out there like WinRAR or 7-zip that do the same thing without trying to install nefarious code onto your computer.

Posted by Jamie on November 8, 2016

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