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Should I remove WinRAR archiver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #112
United States Rank #321
Reach 4.0237%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.21 days
596.21 days >
Average installed length: 313.26 days


4.20 Beta 3 (64 Bits) 0.05%
4.20 (32 bits) 0.03%
4.01 (32 Bits) 0.01%

WinRAR archiver

What is WinRAR archiver?

WinRAR archiver is a shareware file archiver that is able to create RAR archives natively.

About  (from win.rar GmbH)

Using WinRAR puts you ahead of the crowd when it comes to compression by consistently making smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs. Recovery record and recovery volumes allow to reconstruct even physically damaged archives. WinRAR offers the ability to create selfextracting and...  Read more


WinRAR archiver is a software program developed by win.rar GmbH. The most common release 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 primary executable is named winrar.exe. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 3.16 MB (3,310,251 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 27% of users of WinRAR archiver come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Iran.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.rarlab.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\winrar
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\WinRAR\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 3.16 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WinRAR archiver

Program executable:winrar.exe
WinRAR archiver
Path:C:\Program Files\winrar\winrar.exe
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your 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.
Additional files:
  • Rar.exe (by Alexander Roshal) - WinRAR (Command line RAR)
  • RarExt.dll (by Alexander Roshal) - WinRAR shell extension
  • Uninstall.exe - Uninstall WinRAR
  • UnRAR.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • RarExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'WinRAR32' with a class of {B41DB860-8EE4-11D2-9906-E49FADC173CA}.
Scheduled Task
  • WinRAR.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FBFEB94A-CE19-49C6-9200-EDD8622D3EC1}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • WinRAR.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.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 archiver?

You can uninstall WinRAR archiver 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program WinRAR archiver, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 archiver.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.83%
Windows 10 14.72%
Windows XP 13.87%
Windows Vista 6.46%
Windows Server 2003 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 29.96%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.56%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.86%
Windows 7 Professional 11.11%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.76%
Windows 8.1 Pro 2.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

27.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 27.02%
  India 7.29%
  Iran 5.23%
  United Kingdom 4.13%
  Canada 2.99%
  Indonesia 2.73%
  Egypt 2.67%
  Italy 2.44%
  Saudi Arabia 2.30%
  Israel 2.18%
  Thailand 1.92%
  Australia 1.82%
  MA 1.77%
  France 1.68%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 25.14%
Hewlett-Packard 23.38%
Acer 16.60%
ASUS 6.96%
Toshiba 5.09%
Intel 3.54%
Lenovo 3.00%
MSI 2.16%
Samsung 1.98%
American Megatrends 1.89%
Sahara 1.00%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.42%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.82%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.69%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.60%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.89%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.87%

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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