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What is RAR and How to Open RAR Files?

By Sarina.Lee Subscribe to RSS | December 23rd 2011 | Views:
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What is RAR File?

Did you have any RAR files on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone email to you or yourself download an RAR file but you’re not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the RAR file but Windows told you that it is not available.

Before you can open an RAR file, you’ll need to determine what the RAR file extension means. Actually a file with the RAR file extension is a Roshal Archive Compressed file.

How To Open RAR Files?

The easiest way to open an RAR file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the RAR file then you probably don’t have an application installed that can view and/or edit RAR files.

RAR files can be opened with any popular compression/decompression program, the free 7-Zip tool being one example. Any of these types of programs will decompress (extract) the contents of an RAR file and some may also have the ability to create RAR compressed files.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the RAR file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file’s contents. This may or may not be the case with RAR files but it’s worth a try.

How to Open Encrypted RAR files?

As we all know, some created RAR files are password protected, so how can we open the encrypted RAR files? There are some RAR password recovery tool which could help us do such jobs. They always use the brute force attack and dictionary acctack to help remove rar password.

How To Convert an RAR File:

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an RAR file to another file type:

* Open the RAR file in its default program and choose to save the open file as another file format.

* Use a File Conversion Online Service or Software Program to convert the RAR file to another file format.

The first option involving opening the RAR file in its native program is preferable because it’s both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don’t have a program that opens RAR files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the RAR file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

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