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Standard RAR Files

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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about 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?
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 RAR file?
  1. A RAR file is an archive containing other files in compressed state.
  2. For many reasons, a RAR file can be split into lots of parts. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. A RAR file can additionally be encrypted and protected by a password. Read more on password protection in the protected RAR files section of this FAQ.
  4. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
  5. Sometimes a 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 RAR files, RAR archives, RAR volumes etc. etc. What is the difference between RAR files, RAR archives and RAR volumes?
  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. But still: It's all the same: A file that contains one or more other files in compressed state.
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 RAR archive to see if everything works. Do you have a simple example standard RAR archive that I can use for testing?
  1. Yes, there is a small example file: example.rar.
  2. The file is as simple as possible: it is neither split nor password protected and it contains only one file.
Hi! I would like to uncompress some files that were compressed using the RAR algorithm. I noticed that Windows does not support RAR extraction. How can I open RAR files for free?
  1. There are lots of free programs that can open RAR files, e.g. RarZilla or Free RAR Extract Frog.
  2. Simply install one of the above freeware programs and double-click the RAR files.
  3. Congratulations. That's it. :-)
Hi! I am having problems finding files after I have extracted them. The particular site I am downloading from has a password for each download. After downloading the files RarZilla automatically starts up and a small window asks me to enter the password. I enter the password and the loading bar along the bottom edge of the window runs from left to right, but then I'm lost. Where do I find the files I have extracted?
  1. By default the files are extracted to the folder that the .rar-file is in.
  2. If you have defined a default output folder, the files are extracted to that folder.
Hi! I would like to put some files on my website that I want to compress using the RAR algorithm. How can I create 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 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 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. Read more on password protection in the protected RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! I have used the unrar tool for some time and it has always worked well. Today, however, I tried to open a RAR file, but it was not unpacked. The file extension was somewhat different than that of previous RAR files. This ended in ".part7.rar". How can I unpack a ".part7.rar" RAR file?
  1. A ".part7.rar" RAR file is a part of a split RAR file which you can not unpack without the other parts.
  2. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! I just downloaded a rar file and wanted to extract - but then my antivirus software alarmed me that this RAR file is a 'decompression bomb'. Is this some sort of terrorist attack? Will my computer explode if I try to open that RAR file? Why does my antivirus software call this RAR file 'decompression bomb'?
  1. First of all: Antivirus software is sometimes helpful, but very often it only makes people go crazy, because it throws false alarms and scary messages. This is not a virus. This is not a terrorist attack. Your computer will not explode.
  2. A 'decompression bomb' is a compressed file that is compressed very well. Years ago one would have said: "Well compressed - what a good compression algorithm!" Today antivirus people make everything to appear as the end of the world - that's how they make money. Don't fall for it. In most cases the 'decompression bomb' will simply be a well compressed file, containing BMP images for instance. BUT: In some really really rare cases the file can be manufactured to flood your hard drive with data, e.g. a 90KB file that extracts to 600GB, but even then it should rather be called decompression data flood, because nothing will explode at all.
  3. RAR files can be really dangerous if they are used for phishing - and that is something your antivirus software won't warn you of. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! I just downloaded a rar file 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 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 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 RAR file, but the extractor doesn't extract. It seems like it is corrupted. Is there a way to fix a standard 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 take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.

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