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Protected RAR Files

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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about secured, password protected, encrypted RAR files:

  1. What is a protected RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between protected RAR files and a secured RAR archive?
  3. Do you have a simple example protected RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  4. How can I open protected RAR files for free?
  5. How can I create protected RAR files for free?
  6. I tried to extract, but it asks for a password. Why?
  7. What can I do? I do not know the password!?
  8. From whence does one get a password?
  9. How can I stop the password dialog from popping up at all?
  10. I know the password, but it won't work. Why?
  11. What does that protected RAR file Zugriffsverletzung-message say?
  12. Is there a way to fix a protected RAR file?
Hi! I am a complete newbie to RAR files and I want to learn what to do with them. I was just wondering: What is a protected RAR file?
  1. A protected RAR file is a standard RAR file, that is encrypted and protected by a password. You need the password to gain access to the protected RAR file's content.
  2. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes protected RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. For many reasons, a protected RAR file can be split into lots of parts. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  4. Sometimes a protected RAR file can be damaged and corrupted. Please take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.
Hi! I am an absolute beginner and I have a question: There are protected RAR files, encrypted RAR files, secured RAR files, password RAR files etc. etc. What is the difference between protected RAR files and a secured RAR archive?
  1. This is easy: There is no difference. It's all the same.
  2. RAR files are also sometimes called RAR archives, RAR documents, RAR packages or just RARs. Protected RAR files can be called secured, encrypted, password protected etc. etc. as well. But still: It's all the same: A RAR file that is protected by a password.
Hi! I've downloaded an unrar app a few seconds ago and already installed it successfully. Now I would like to unrar a simple example protected RAR archive to see if everything works. Do you have a simple example protected RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  1. Yes, there is a small password protected example rar file named example_password_protected.rar (password: "example").
  2. The file is as simple as possible: it is not split and it contains only one file.
Hi! I would like to uncompress some protected files that were compressed using the RAR algorithm. I noticed that Windows does not support RAR extraction. How can I open protected RAR files for free?
  1. There are lots of free programs that can open protected RAR files, e.g. RarZilla or Free RAR Extract Frog.
  2. Simply install one of the above freeware programs and double-click the protected RAR files.
  3. Congratulations. That's it. :-)
Hi! I would like to put some protected files on my website that I want to compress using the RAR algorithm. How can I create protected RAR files for free?
  1. The RAR algorithm is copyrighted and only the decompression part is available to the general public for free, so free apps like RarZilla, 7-Zip etc. can't offer you RAR file creation, even if they wanted to.
  2. In order to create protected RAR files, you have to use RAR apps from the company who created the RAR algorithm, some of which are free on some operating systems. Their main app, WinRAR, is only free for a trial period.
Hi! I installed an unrar tool on my notebook and I already unpacked some RAR archives. Today a little window was shown that I have never seen before. I tried to extract, but it asks for a password. Why?
  1. The RAR file is encrypted and protected by a password.
  2. In order to unrar that file, you must enter the password.
  3. If you do not have that password, you need to contact the person that created the protected RAR file. This person knows the password for that particular RAR file.
  4. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! A while ago I installed WinRAR on my notebook and I created some protected RAR archives. Today I noticed that I have forgotten the password I used. What can I do? I do not know the password!?
  1. Remember! :-)
  2. No, honestly, you have to remember.
  3. If you do not remember that password, you will not be able to open that protected RAR file.
  4. Note: All RAR password cracking apps out there are rubbish and useless, if you used a password that is longer than three characters and something more creative than "123456789". I suppose you have, so: You have to remember!
Hi! I installed an unrar tool on my notebook and I already unpacked some RAR archives. Today a little window was shown during unraring that asked me to enter a password. From whence does one get a password?
  1. You do not need a password to use your unrar software - except the compressed file is protected by a password, then your extractor asks you to enter that password.
  2. If you do not have that password, you need to contact the person that gave the protected RAR file to you, because only this person knows the password for that specific file.
  3. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! A friend recommended an unrar app to me and it works very well. However, I often have to repeat the same password as I unpack many files, which are protected with the same password. I have already a text file with the password, so I can quickly copy & paste the password, but even so it would go faster if the password dialog directly read my text file and didn't show at all. How can I stop the password dialog from popping up at all?
  1. Use the password related settings of your unrar app to define a default password or a list of standard passwords
  2. These passwords are tried first - if a password matches, the dialog will not pop up
Hi! I installed an unrar tool on my notebook and I already unpacked some RAR archives. Today I wanted to unrar somefile.part4.rar - a little window was shown that asked for a password. I know the password, but it won't work. Why?
  1. First of all: Make sure you did not mistype the password, e.g. if you are using the example_password_protected.rar (password: "example") test file, make sure that you enter all letters of the password in lower case - and do not enter the quotation marks.
  2. Your file, somefile.part4.rar, is part of a multipart RAR file. In order to successfully unrar it, you need all parts. Learn more about split RAR archives in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. If you do have all parts and the right password and it is still not working, then one or more of the protected multipart RAR files might be corrupted. Please take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more. Also, you might want to check whether you have enough free hard disk space available.
  4. If you have all parts in the same directory, started with the first part and entered the correct password, then everything works fine. Congratulations! :-)
Hi! I just downloaded all rar files of a multipart rar archive and started extracting. Then the following message comes up: "Zugriffsverletzung bei Adresse 01034F21 in Modul 'unrar.dll'. Schreiben von Adresse 000036B4." I have no idea what its saying. What does that protected RAR file Zugriffsverletzung-message say?
  1. It says that your RAR file killed the unrar dynamic link library (DLL) that the extractor uses to decompress the RAR archive.
  2. Sometimes a protected RAR file can be damaged and corrupted. Please take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.
Hi! I downloaded a protected RAR file, but still the extractor doesn't extract. It seems like it is corrupted. Is there a way to fix a protected RAR file?
  1. There are lots of programs out there that promise to do so.
  2. BUT: There really is no program that can fix CORRUPTED rar files. Please read the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.

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