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RAR FAQ

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Here are answers to over 50 of the most frequently asked questions about multipart, broken, phishing and protected RAR files:

Introduction
  1. What does RAR stand for?
  2. What are RAR files used for?
  3. Are there example RAR files?
Standard RAR Files
  1. What is a RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between RAR files, RAR archives and RAR volumes?
  3. Do you have a simple example standard RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  4. How can I open standard RAR files for free?
  5. Where do I find the files I have extracted?
  6. How can I create standard RAR files for free?
  7. From whence does one get a password?
  8. How can I unpack a ".part7.rar" RAR file?
  9. Why does my antivirus software call this RAR file 'decompression bomb'?
  10. What does that RAR file Zugriffsverletzung-message say?
  11. Is there a way to fix a standard RAR file?
Movie RAR Files
  1. What is a movie RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between movie RAR files, video RAR archives and media RAR volumes?
  3. How can I play movie RAR files for free?
  4. Do I need a special codec to play movie RAR files?
  5. How can I play RAR files on Windows Media Player?
  6. How can I convert .RAR files to .AVI files?
  7. What media player works for RAR files?
  8. How can I play a ".part4.rar" RAR file?
  9. Can you add movie "joining" instructions?
  10. How can I join movie parts to form one whole .avi file?
  11. From whence does one get the movie password?
  12. Is there a way to fix a movie RAR file?
Multipart RAR Files
  1. What is a multipart RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between multipart RAR files and a split RAR archive?
  3. Do you have a simple example multipart RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  4. How can I open multipart RAR files for free?
  5. How can I create multipart RAR files for free?
  6. How can I unpack a ".part2.rar" RAR file?
  7. Why does the extraction not work, even though I have all parts?
  8. How can I re-assemble the parts of a single file that has been split into several RAR pieces?
  9. Is there any way to 'join' multiparts to one single file?
  10. How can I merge the two RAR parts together?
  11. Could my download helper be causing these problems?
  12. How do I 'unrar' .r03, .r07, .r31, and etc. files?
  13. What does that multipart RAR file Zugriffsverletzung-message say?
  14. I was wondering maybe I need to download all of the files I wanted, all 17, before I start to open them?
  15. Is there a way to fix a multipart RAR file?
Protected 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?
Corrupted RAR Files
  1. What is a corrupted RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between corrupted RAR files and a damaged RAR archive?
  3. Do you have a simple example corrupted RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  4. How can I open corrupted RAR files for free?
  5. It says 'CRC failed' and I'm not getting anything! Why?
  6. What does that corrupted RAR file Zugriffsverletzung-message say?
  7. Is there a way to fix a corrupted RAR file?
Phishing RAR Files
  1. What is a phishing RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between phishing RAR files and a malicious RAR archive?
  3. Do you have a simple example phishing RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  4. How can I open phishing RAR files for free?
  5. Why is my unrar tool directing me to a site that rips people off?
  6. Why does the extraction not work, even though I have signed up?
  7. Is there a way to fix a phishing RAR file?
Hi! I am an absolute beginner and I have a question: What does RAR stand for?
  1. This is easy: RAR stands for Roshal Archive.
  2. If you want to learn more, study the Wikipedia article on RAR.
Hi! I am a complete newbie to RAR files and I want to learn what to do with them. I was just wondering: What are RAR files used for?
  1. RAR files are archives containing other files in compressed state. Main purpose is storing large amounts of data in a single, smaller file.
  2. A RAR file can be split into parts and used to transport large files on small mediums. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. A RAR file can additionally be encrypted and protected by a password. This way, a RAR file can be used as a safe for confidential files. Read more on password protection in the protected RAR files section of this FAQ.
  4. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes RAR files are also used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! I want to experiment with successful and non-successful extraction and therefore I need some simple example RAR files. Are there example RAR files?
  1. Yes, here are some example files...
  2. ...a simple example RAR file: example.rar. The file is as simple as possible: it is neither split nor password protected and it contains only one file. Learn more in the standard RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. ...a simple self-extracting example RAR file: example_sfx.exe. The file is as simple as possible: it is neither split nor password protected and it contains only one file.
  4. ...a small multipart example rar file that consists of three parts: example_split_archive.part1.rar, example_split_archive.part2.rar and example_split_archive.part3.rar. The file is as simple as possible: it is split, but not password protected and it contains only one file. It is recommended to put all the RAR parts in the same directory to speed up the unpacking process. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  5. ...a small password protected example rar file named example_password_protected.rar (password: "example"). The file is as simple as possible: it is not split and it contains only one file. Read more on password protection in the protected RAR files section of this FAQ.
  6. ...a small corrupted example RAR file: example_corrupted.rar. The file is as simple as possible: it is corrupted, but not password protected and it contains only one damaged file. Remember: This file is damaged and can only be used to experiment with the error messages that your RAR Extractor displays. It can not be extracted. Please take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.
  7. ...a small phishing example RAR file: example_phishing.rar. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
  8. ...all the above example RAR files and more in one big package: rar_example_files.rar (33MB)

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