WinZIP and WinRAR are the most popular software for compression. WinRAR is also useful in viewing the content from an ISO file. I personally use WinRAR because of its performance and user-friendly interface. This app comes with 40-days of trial and after that, you can also use it for free, but with a warning message.
7-zip is the best alternative of WinRAR and WinZIP. It is an open source software and there is no need to pay. It supports zipping & unzipping of 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM file formats. A file with AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z extensions can be only unzipped by 7-zip tool.
File Compression tool helps us to reduce the file or folder size without compromising the quality. It is also useful when you are sending the executable file to someone through email because most of the email clients refuse to upload the executable file.
When you download the files from the internet, most of them are compressed and you need a unzipping software to extract it.
Once you have installed the 7-zip app in your computer, it integrates with the Windows Explorer menus. You can zip or unzip by simply right-clicking on a file / folder and selecting 7-zip from the context menu.
Once the app is opened, it also supports drag & drag. Means, to compress a file, you can drag to the 7-zip interface.Favorites menu lets you save up to ten folders and the Extract button lets you accept the default destination directory for your file. There’s also a Benchmark function.
This program also lets you encrypt a file or folder with password. To do so, while compressing file put the password in Encryption block.
Its favorites menu lets you save up to ten folders and the Extract button lets you accept the default destination directory for your file.
Overall, the performance of the 7-zip is good and the user interface is also simple. If you don’t want to purchase any compression tool then you can use 7-zip for free. It works well with Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista, & XP. You can download this software from here.
PeaZip is an alternate of 7-zip that also available for free. It comes in a portable format and more than 180 file types are supported.