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File and folder archiving is one of the oldest operations done on a computer. I am sure that all of you have appealed to this operation in order to save some space on the disk, protect some of your files or simply for sending multiple items via email. The best known utilities on the market are WinRAR
, but there are also many other applications that do the same fine job as the aforementioned tools for free.
The most popular format when it comes to archiving is definitely ZIP. Everybody heard about it and knows how to deal with it, although there are formats better than this, ZIP has established itself as a standard in file compression.
If you are looking just for compressing the files in view of sending them over the Internet, saving some space or just for securing them with a password, a freeware alternative will do just fine. And the options are plenty, PeaZip
being my favorites. Their only purpose is create and extract from multiple archive formats.
jZip is the newest program in this category and is designed to help you to easily create archives and extract the files from compressed files. The application is 100% freeware so you can use it at home or in an enterprise environment with absolutely no strings attached.
Installing the application is a cinch and should not pose any problems. After all the files have been copied to their locations you can proceed to configuring the application by enabling explorer shell extensions, and jZip file association. The desktop shortcut will not be available unless you say so and at any time it can be removed from the jZip's Configuration panel.
The interface is nice and simple and the explorer-like approach should make it easier for you to handle it. There are no complicated options or features and when starting the software the only active buttons are New Archive and Open Archive.
Jzip just reached version 1.0 and unfortunately there are glitches that will hinder its smooth use. One would think that New Archive button is a good way to start creating archives from files and folders stored on the computer. Well, things aren't as easy as this because when activated, New Archive button supports
only adding files to the compressed file. The good news is that files can be archived in 7Z, ZIP, GZ, BZ2 and TAR.
For all this to work you will have to type in the name of the archive you want to create and browse to the storage location, click OK and only now you can proceed to adding your files. I give these details as there is no proper documentation on how the application works so some users may no get along too well with this.
An easier way to create an archive is drag and drop. Using the shell context menus will put you in the same situation as using New Archive button, but drag and drop works quite OK. But there is a problem, though. The appended file, as seen from the menu, can only be compressed to ZIP. Accessing the entire menu shows no way of changing the format. From what I could see in the dialog, the only way to make a different type of archive is change the extension from ZIP to 7Z, GZ, BZ2 or TAR. Pressing New button in the dialog will result in New Archive dialog to pop up giving you access to its options.
The list of formats supported for decompression is a tad larger. The application can also deal with RAR, ISO, TBZ and TGZ compressed formats as well and there is no obstacle in doing this. Testing the application resulted in complete success with extracting files from these types of archives.
Once you have managed to create an archive (ZIP, 7z or TAR), you can add more files to it quite easily, using the same drag and drop method or the Add button in the toolbar. Both of them work fine, and the only visible difference is in the way the settings are presented.
But, you should be aware of the fact that when the file is dropped into an archive you won't be able to change the compression type and level. Using Add button will give you access to all the options in the menu.
The options when creating an archive are not at all complicated and include the basic settings. You can choose to split the archive into different preset sizes or customize it to your needs, encrypt the files with a password, save full path info, reset archive attributes, include system and hidden files in the resulting compressed file. When enriching an archive you have four different actions to choose from: add and replace the file, move and replace, update the archive without adding the file and updating it and adding the files as well.
When loading up a compressed folder jZip lets you browse it as it were a normal directory. You can see all the files and open them in the associated program with no difficulty. You even have an Open With option in the context menu, so it would be just like using Windows Explorer.
As the application is based on 7Zip engine, I could not help myself comparing the speed of the two. The size of the file used during testing was 1.048.6MB and contained mainly audio files, and some TXT files. With absolutely no doubt, victory belongs to 7Zip. It compressed the folder in 7'24'' while jZip took a bit longer to carry out the job (9'29'').The Good
I liked the looks of the interface. There are no complications and the explorer like ease of use does nothing but make it more comfortable to handle.
After each compression all the files are displayed with corresponding information like type of file, real size size after compression and compression ratio.
You can check the archive for bad or corrupt items.The Bad
The user does not know from the start what types of archives jZip can create and what it can decompress.
When drag and drop method is used to compress a folder, protecting the resulting archives with a password can be done only after the compression process is over despite the fact that Encrypt Added Files option in the Add menu is checked.
When compressing a folder, if one of its files are opened the compression process will stop with no prior warning. I wish there was be a notification alerting the user that the process cannot continue because "X" is in use.The Truth
jZip is easy to use (save the misleading New Archive button) and provides the same quality in compressing the files, but with less determination. It will carry out the job but in less time than 7Zip.
It is obvious that there are still issues to be fixed, but it's a good start, though. Once you make it work it will do a good job.Here are some snapshots of the application in action:
|User Interface:|| (4/5)|
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|Comment #1 by: Joe Bob on 16 Dec 2008, 05:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Beware, installs Yahoo toolbar when program is installed.
|Comment #1.1 by: Herman Vinkers on 06 Jan 2009, 12:43 GMT|
The comment of Joe Bob is true but if you install the corporate version the Yahoo toolbar won't be installed.
|Comment #1.2 by: Bobo on 23 Jan 2011, 17:26 GMT|
This is malicious software that changes your home page (even after you change it back) and installs Yahoo toolbar.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE!!!!!
|Comment #1.3 by: Jim Bob on 07 Aug 2012, 13:05 GMT|
It's not malicious. You just need to be sure to uncheck the appropriate boxes.
|Comment #2 by: Bob on 16 Apr 2009, 23:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
No Adware / No Spyware / No Pop-Ups / No Trojans My ***! Installs...
|Comment #3 by: dave on 21 Apr 2009, 04:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
HELP! I got tricked into installing this piece of sh*t, which fits the very definition of a "Trojan Horse". When I uninstalled jzip, the adware it infested my system with is still there. My system has slowed to a crawl. Does anyone know the procedure for removing EVERYTHING installed by this abomination? Thanks.
The people providing this ought to spend an hour in jail for every hour of users' time they've wasted.
|Comment #3.1 by: Ionut Ilascu on 21 Apr 2009, 07:41 GMT|
For the latest stable release jZip provides two installation methods: Typical and Custom. Choosing Typical install will set your browser's homepage to home.jzip.com which may be redirected to a jZip partner, make Yahoo the default search engine and install Yahoo toolbar.
Custom install lets you opt-out Yahoo toolbar and your homepage will not be changed.
We tested jZip again for any adware/spyware/trojans and the installer is free of such malware.
For removing malware on your systems try SUPERAntiSpyware which can be downloaded from http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Popup-Ad-Spyware-Blockers/SUPERAntiSpyware.shtml
|Comment #3.2 by: iVy Community on 02 Jul 2009, 15:07 GMT|
You might need Revo Uninstaller to get rid of it completely:
2) Install Revo
3) Use Revo to uninstall jZip
4) Choose advanced after built-in uninstaller is completed
5) Remove ONLY the bolded items in the registry, and choose the stuff to delete
|Comment #4 by: Alan North on 04 May 2009, 15:55 UTC|| reply to this comment|
After uninstall, it's STILL TRYING to connect to the internet using the browser. Keep away!
|Comment #5 by: chi z on 16 May 2009, 23:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is a great software! Does and only does what you want it to do.
|Comment #5.1 by: EnMaC on 10 Aug 2011, 12:03 GMT|
|Comment #6 by: Eric on 14 Oct 2009, 19:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Installed sypware on me too. No warnings that It was installing other programs, changing my homepage , and the like. I wish I had read some of these comments before installing this piece of !@#$.
|Comment #7 by: StevenKreg on 03 Feb 2010, 19:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Agreed... TROJAN ALERT... piece of crap that will just give you headaches
|Comment #8 by: Tech on 25 Feb 2010, 11:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Looks like people are just too greedy. JZip is definitely great. As far as other comments on shit/crappy things, people are dumbos, if you carefully select the custom installation, you can get the clean installation.
Mind you, JZip is free and Author needs some partner to keep it going that's all. So stop screaming, try to appreciate a piece of software that does the job properly.
|Comment #8.1 by: jZip is malware on 23 Nov 2010, 03:15 GMT|
Does the job properly? No it doesn't. It didn't work at all, it unzipped a useless bunch of files, none of which were usable.
|Comment #8.2 by: Your an idiot on 14 May 2011, 15:45 GMT|
If it installs more then the intended program, without first asking the user first, its a trojan.
|Comment #8.3 by: Bill Hook on 18 May 2011, 14:46 GMT|
As a zip utility it's nothing special, as a trojan it's a major pain in the * . Are you something to do with the company? I can't think of any other reason you would come on here and defend this piece of crap.
|Comment #9 by: Teddie on 26 Jun 2010, 10:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This program is helpful for doing what it says it will do. The problem is and it should not be listed on these sites until it is free of such deceptive tactics.
It will install a Trojan on your computer, it will want you to purchase an Antiscan software. Basically it hijacks and redirects internet explorer. It installs toolbars and even if you say No to some of the special options it will still install crap.
So you installed it and want it off? Simple -- Reboot your computer.
Tap F8 upon boot.
Choose Safe Mode with Networking Option
Logon to your PC
If you only have Internet explorer as a browser I feel sorry for you. But simple fix to this is. Open the browser --> it will redirect and not let you browse. Goto Internet Options --> Connections Tab --> Click on LAN Settings. Uncheck all of that BS and click ok -- ok.
You should be able to browse with IE now.
Go download Malware Bytes --> Do the Update on it. Do a Full/Quick scan. Upon completion Fix all the problems it finds. Reboot your computer just as normal. Do not press F8 this time it will finish the cleanup.
Once done do another scan to insure its clean. Then goto some site such as house call antivirus and run another scan on it. It'll waste about 15 minutes of you're time. But don't panic its not as smart as you think.
|Comment #10 by: jZip is malware on 23 Nov 2010, 03:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Are you high? This software hijacked my browser, added a toolbar, installed real player changes without permission along with a whole bunch of changes to my configurations. And I've spent 2 hours trying to restore the damage (so far). It blew right through my kaspersky. Discordia, should have been warned by that name, sounds like a country where hackers live, avoid this software!! You discredit yourself supporting this malware. AND it failed at its primary task, unzipping an archive ... just a trojan unfortunately.
|Comment #10.1 by: Jim Bob on 07 Aug 2012, 13:10 GMT|
It hijacked your browser because you didn't READ and uncheck the boxes. Granted it's sneaky, there is a price for anything free.
|Comment #11 by: j1 on 29 Nov 2010, 22:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It installs yahoo toolbar, its own search engine, etc. It is a TROJAN. This review is also bulls**t. Why not mention this in the review? How much do you get paid for this type of advertising?
|Comment #12 by: Liam on 28 Mar 2011, 04:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Good god, this is a nightmare, I thought this would be good. It doesn't work, changed my homepage to some * search engine that's filled with porn, began adding annoying shortcuts on my desktop, and I still can't get my default tab back to normal. Stay away.
|Comment #12.1 by: youAllPlainLazy on 12 Sep 2011, 01:48 GMT|
this is brill software, maybe if you wasn't so lazy as to always install what sotfware recomends, and actually learnt some BASICs with installing software in CUSTOM. you wouldn't get any problems with add-on software taking over. OBVIOUSLY theres going to be extras with free software, having the OPTION of free software is probley, although i cann't say for sure, BUT its PROBLEY their way of earning money from the hard work they put into making it, and it helps to keep it FREE for you and other users.
BASICALLY your in charge of what goes onto your computer, not the installer/software creaters. if you CHOOSE to be lazy and install everything inside the installer (including the add-ons) then more fool you.
HOWEVER if you choose to do it manually, unselect the crap you don't want; (1) a new home page, (2) a new tool bar in browser, (3) other unwanted software.... THEN you'll agree with me that this software is brilliant.
IT'S IN MY HONEST OPINION - you should always install manually/custom. all the setting will, by default, be selected for you like with a "recommended" install, however you get to see what them settings are, and you can choose whenther or not you like the sound of having them installed on your computer, true or false ?
so stop been lazy, and take responsibility for your computer, savvy ?
|Comment #13 by: Joe on 28 Mar 2011, 09:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As mentioned here several times, this thing ships with spyware/adware/toolbar crap even if you select the custom install. DO NOT INSTALL THIS PROGRAM!
|Comment #13.1 by: Peppermint Patty on 31 Dec 2011, 20:35 GMT|
I selected custom install and declined the toolbar and homepage changes but it still wanted to make 4 or 5 reg key entries which I blocked with my firewall just to be cautious. Darn, I just wanted to unpack a .rar file with out buying an expensive program. any other thoughts?
|Comment #14 by: jzip blows on 30 Mar 2011, 05:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't understand the positive ratings - unless you like your system f'd - install this crap.
|Comment #15 by: John on 01 Apr 2011, 13:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
program will overtake your firefox or internet explorer. It will become your default search page, crash page and home page and its a real pain to get it back out. I had to reinstall firefox to get rid of it. Otherwise the program is great. Too bad they had to ruin it.
|Comment #16 by: GRRRRRR on 24 Apr 2011, 13:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
junk-won't uninstall and leaves search box
|Comment #16.1 by: RapMan on 25 Apr 2011, 20:43 GMT|
Because I call JZip from programs I wrote for backup/restore and it works good when passed parameters from the command prompt, I fought the home page hijack.
After a lot of trial and error, ran RegEdit from the cmd prompt, did a search for search.jzip.com and changed every occurrence to my default homepage http://my.yahoo.com. Got my home page back.
Maybe later I will modify my programs to call 7zip.
|Comment #16.2 by: Vero on 26 Apr 2011, 13:43 GMT|
I confirm, for me it is a malware.
I installed it and chose in the install option to keep my internet search engine.
I launched jzip and it worked great until I tried to launch internet explorer. Now internet explorer systematically craches upon opening. I have uninstalled jzip but internet explorer keeps crashing.
That means the jzip changed or installed something without my permission and I absolutely have no idea what it has done. My suspicion being a hidden dll that is automatically executed upon opening of internet explorer. I am still trying to fix this mess.
So my recommandation : Do not install this program !!!!
|Comment #16.3 by: Jim Bob on 07 Aug 2012, 13:13 GMT|
You are all blind Idiots. You charge forward without paying any attention.
|Comment #17 by: Daniel on 26 Apr 2011, 01:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I installed jzip and didn't prefer it after all. But it had already hijaaked my home page and search. I removed the toolbar and whatever else I could, and set my home page back to my preference. However they did something behind the scenes that I cannot find the key to unlock. They make it so that search.jzip.com is the home page even though my settings says google, which is my choice. This kind of sticky takeover of my stuff I do not like. I cannot find how to undo it from my home page.
|Comment #18 by: Angry customer on 03 May 2011, 19:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Unless you simply want to unzip something at the cost of a major inconvenience then DO NOT DOWLOAD, spend the extra hour looking for a credible trial version of a program that will unzip something Jzip is just taking advantage of something they know people will download a use.
Sincerely GTFO Jzip
|Comment #19 by: Dr Micael Cole on 05 May 2011, 05:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Why is Softpedia still promoting this software? Shame on you.
jZip does hijack the IE browser even after it has allegedly been uninstalled. Browsing on that computer is now impossible.
I am surprised my virus checker and firewall didn't warn me during the installation.
Thank you for the advice on getting rid of this problem. Avoid jZip and presumably any other material from Discordia. 5/5/2011
|Comment #20 by: DONT DOWNLOAD on 14 May 2011, 15:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This program installs adware on your computer.
jZip.Toolbar gets installed in background without user consent during the installation of jZip, a 7Zip clone. jZip is supposed to be adware free. jZip.Toolbar displays advertising and adds itself to the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. It also changes the start page and runs a so called Datamanager in background. This Datamanager is only associated with the toolbar and not with the jZip packer/unpacker.
|Comment #21 by: Bill Hook on 18 May 2011, 14:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Jzip is basically a trojan horse hijacking piece of crap, do not install, there are plenty of other zip utilities out there that don't exploit you.
|Comment #22 by: larrydm on 24 May 2011, 18:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is spyware it takes over as your homepage on any browser once its installed! EVEN when you uninstall it!
|Comment #23 by: g0n on 26 May 2011, 10:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Malware - don't install.
hijacks browser search settings, uninstall only partly removes.
|Comment #24 by: dustyoldchips on 26 May 2011, 14:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I found jzip intrusive and interferring with other programs to the point that I wondered if it was a virus??????
Now of course it has taken over me search engine capabilities and won't allow me to select the search engine of my choice - like I don't want to use jzip as my search engine. I tried it as a search engine and it could not find a site that was immediatelyy found by google - go figure.
|Comment #24.1 by: steveh on 30 May 2011, 09:51 GMT|
stay away! This rubbish has cost me hours of valuable time trying to remove its insidious effects. My home pages are changed every time I log on, unwanted links on my work computer desktop. I've emailed jzip but they have not had the decency to reply.
|Comment #25 by: bunnyhawk on 30 May 2011, 03:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I wish I had searched for opinions on this software BEFORE installing. When I was going to install it my Norton said it was safe, that it was good to go. NOT!!!!!!!
Don't even get close to it. Don't even touch it.
What a nightmare!
|Comment #26 by: DD on 09 Jun 2011, 11:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Malware - stay well clear. Unbelievable that this review is still up!
|Comment #27 by: DO NOT INSTALL on 09 Jun 2011, 15:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
DO NOT INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER. It infects your browsers, disables everything. This is absolutely a trick, it is stealing your privacy and wrecking your computer.
DO NOT INSTALL!!!
|Comment #29 by: EnMaC on 10 Aug 2011, 12:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I installed this a few months ago and have had nothing but problems with my pc ever since. Can't uninstall it fully, and it's hi-jacked my homepage.
|Comment #30 by: observer on 23 Aug 2011, 02:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Jzip is crap. Don't install it. It will hijack your internet explorer and will install stuff on your computer that you don't know about.
|Comment #31 by: terrinky on 27 Aug 2011, 09:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I call it spyware, when jzip installs a toolbar I cannot remove. Do not download this piece of crap. I am disappointed in softpedia's glowing review.
|Comment #32 by: Pete on 30 Aug 2011, 22:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Don't go near this software. Impossible for an ordinary user to uninstall
|Comment #32.1 by: leko on 11 Sep 2011, 00:14 GMT|
any 1 know how to delete rar files - ( 'cannot deleted files as it is in usein J-zip')
|Comment #33 by: David on 22 Sep 2011, 12:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
DO NOT install this crap! I cannot get rid of it. This article is obviously misleading propaganda. It has set itself up as my home page and it's got really bad search results. If anyone knows the best way to get rid of it then please tell me. AVOID THIS RUBBISH!!
|Comment #34 by: ZaneBob on 23 Sep 2011, 05:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
JZIP is a horrible, infectious disaster. I am not the most computer savvy by any means but above "average". It took me 2 hours of googling & trusty malwarebytes' FileASSASSIN tool to remove locked files- AFTER I performed "add/remove". This page http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/805889 was VERY helpful. By the way, I DID pay attention when I was downloading & certainly didn't give this beast permission to change my homepage, add a toolbar & lock itself onto my machine.
|Comment #35 by: Turtlesong on 28 Sep 2011, 13:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Evil. It hijacks your web browsers and forces you to use its own home page and search engine, a problem which it makes very very difficult to fix. Because of this sneaky and underhanded behaviour, I will never use this product.
|Comment #35.1 by: Yogi on 03 Oct 2011, 13:27 GMT|
POS-Ware does crap that it doesn't advertise. Getting rid of it forever
|Comment #36 by: ROLY on 23 Feb 2012, 10:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Jzip has problems with extracting selected files in a zip file using their folder names. Even though you ticked the button 'use folder names', it simply dumps the files to any folder you unzip to disregarding their original folder names!!
|Comment #37 by: Say No To Spyware on 24 Feb 2012, 16:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You forgot to mention the inbedded spyware contained within Jzip !
|Comment #38 by: Goodbye Jzip on 19 May 2012, 05:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I've recommended Jzip to users in the past. The interface was easier for average users to navigate. But I strongly recommend staying away, now. Even though the Corporate Version (no addons) is still the same old Jzip, that version isn't made obvious and the distinctions between the packages isn't explained. I'll share the same advice I give everyone else - when Windows prompts you to install the software, pay very close attention to the publisher. It used to say Discordia Ltd., and back then you could easily revert any changes that were made during the install, or opt out of changes completely. The installer now lists Bandoo Media as the publisher, and good luck reverting or opting out of anything they offer. Bandoo Media is very aggressive and *does not* publish anything you want anywhere near your PC. Also be very way of Unknown Publishers.
I recommend using one of the following, in order of preference:
7-zip from http://www.7-zip.org
Zipeg from http://www.zipeg.com
|Comment #39 by: bee on 21 Jun 2012, 15:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is a virus that will hijack your home page and is very hard to remove
|Comment #40 by: CitrixAdmin on 26 Jul 2012, 11:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Useless software. Do not install on Citrix/XenApp/TS servers.
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