Alternate EXE Packer
Alternate EXE Packer is a simple-to-use program that aims to compress EXE and DLL files, in order to reduce space on the hard drive and to enable the files in question to unpack automatically at runtime.
The interface of the application is represented by a standard window with an intuitive layout.
Adding EXE and DLL items to the list is done with the help of the file browser or "drag and drop" functionality. Alternate EXE Packer supports batch processing, so you can add as many files as you want.
In the primary application window you can check out the name, path and size of each file. If you change your mind about a selected item or all of them, you can remove them from the list with the deletion options from the Edit menu.
Compressing files is seamlessly done, with the simple click of a button. It is also possible to select the compression level. Alternate EXE Packer automatically overwrites the original items and reveals the original and new size in the log window. Unfortunately, it does not give you the possibility of creating new files. Unpacking previously compressed items is done in a similar manner.
Alternate EXE Packer is very low-demanding when it comes to the CPU and system memory, thus it doesn't hog the computer resources. It has a good response time and carries out tasks rapidly.
However, the tool was unsuccessful in its attempt to compress several files during our evaluation, without mentioning the error type. Furthermore, the packed items were not able to run, as the OS recognized them as corrupted files. Only the decompression option helped restore the items to their original status.
Having this in mind, it is strongly advised against testing the program using important files or critical Windows items. We must also take into account that the app has not been updated for a very long time, so it doesn't work properly on newer Windows editions. Alternate EXE Packer needs a lot of improvement.