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Should I remove WinRAR?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,322
United States Rank #10,201
Reach 0.6144%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.13 days
475.81 days >
Average installed length: 250.00 days


4.20 Beta 3 (64 Bits) 0.01%
4.20 (32 bits) 0.06%
4.01 (32 Bits) 0.01%
3.93 x86 0.27%
3.93 x64 0.20%


What is WinRAR?

WinRAR is a shareware file archiver and data compression utility that is able to create RAR archives natively. WinRAR supports RAR (WinRAR native conversion format) and ZIP archives, and unpacking of ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, EXE, 7z, and Z archives.

About  (from win.rar GmbH)

There is no better way to compress files for efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission and well organized data storage.


The most used version is 4.20 beta 3 (64 bits), with over 0% of all installations currently using this version. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is winrar.exe. The software installer includes 53 files and is usually about 3.69 MB (3,872,606 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.rarlab.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\WinRAR\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\WinRAR\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.69 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WinRAR

Program executable:winrar.exe
WinRAR archiver
Path:C:\Program Files\winrar\winrar.exe
Additional files:
  • Rar.exe (by Alexander Roshal) - WinRAR (Command line RAR)
  • RarExt.dll (by Alexander Roshal) - WinRAR shell extension
  • RarExt64.dll
  • RarExtLoader.exe - 32 bit rarext.dll loader
  • rarlng.dll
  • Uninstall.exe - Uninstall WinRAR
  • UnRAR.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • RarExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'WinRAR32' with a class of {B41DB860-8EE4-11D2-9906-E49FADC173CA}.
  • RarExt64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'WinRAR' with a class of {B41DB860-64E4-11D2-9906-E49FADC173CA}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • WinRAR.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7B9CF74D-9F45-4DF5-B86F-273B5763C43F}' (runs on registration).
  • Uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{458CC297-ADAC-4CF4-B2A2-BA817B4A6D84}' (runs on registration).
4 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • WinRAR.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe'.
  • RarExtLoader.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinRAR\RarExtLoader.exe'.
  • UnRAR.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinRAR\UnRAR.exe'.
  • Rar.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinRAR\Rar.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:35.62 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0018986279%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00163574%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00026289%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:880,515
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:2.62 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.29 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove WinRAR?

Quickly and completely remove WinRAR from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall WinRAR from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program WinRAR, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove WinRAR.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.70%
Windows XP 14.42%
Windows Vista 13.34%
Windows 8 8.45%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.89%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 14.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.93%
Windows 7 Professional 10.78%
Windows 8.1 2.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.65% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 49.65%
  Netherlands 11.50%
  Czech Republic 7.83%
  Austria 4.91%
  Sweden 3.80%
  Belgium 3.56%
  United States 3.01%
  France 2.55%
  United Kingdom 1.54%
  Romania 1.41%
  Switzerland 1.33%
  Canada 1.19%
  Slovakia 1.06%
  MA 1.01%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 23.56%
Hewlett-Packard 18.30%
Dell 17.41%
ASUS 6.47%
Medion 5.90%
Toshiba 4.30%
American Megatrends 4.05%
Intel 3.52%
Samsung 2.49%
Sahara 2.24%
Lenovo 1.65%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7502 5.36%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.46%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.28%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 2.83%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 2.59%
Acer Aspire 5738 2.41%

About win.rar GmbH

Alexander Roshal's WinRAR is a file archiver and data compression utility and is available as a shareware for most Wndows versions.
Publisher URL: www.ralabs.com


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