Softcold - KGB Archiver is the compression tool with unbelievable high compression rate. It surpasses even such efficient compression tool like 7zip and UHARC in terms of the abilities. KGB Archiver uses AES-256 encryption to encrypt archives.
KGB Archiver is not your regular file compressor. It makes all the difference in the world, size-wise, because it can create the tinniest archives. This is due to the fact that its compression rate is amazing, almost unique in its software category.
This small and seemingly plain software is extremely powerful, and it could easily surpass other products of its kind (when it comes to compression size, not speed).
Archives can be made in either KGB or ZIP format, and compression level can be set from minimal to maximum (with a lot of options in between). Plus, you can secure them by assigning a password, no matter which compression level you choose.
For example, we compressed a file of 1.2MB at maximum level. The process took 30 seconds, and the result weighed 366,5KB. Large file take a lot more than that, obviously. So, yes, KBG Archiver is powerful, but it also takes long time for maximum compression level.
During compression, KGB Archiver displays the progress, together with the current size versus the projected size and the remaining time. This information is also available in a little window that pops up if you move the mouse over the application icon in the system tray.
KGB Archiver also places shortcuts in the Explorer context menu, but you can make that disappear from the Options window of the application.
In conclusion, KGB Archiver is willing to cut down your archives in size, but at the price of a long waiting time for very large files. Considering that it can drastically make a difference, the costs are not that high.
KGB Archiver is a file archiver and data compression utility based on the PAQ6 compression algorithm.
Written in Microsoft Visual C++ by Tomasz Pawlak, KGB Archiver is designed to achieve a very high compression ratio. As a consequence, the program is relatively memory and CPU intensive.
KGB Archiver is free and open source software released under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Version 2 beta 2 is available for Microsoft Windows and a command line version of KGB Archiver 1.0 is available for Unix-like operating systems. KGB Archiver is one of the few applications that works with the PAQ algorithm for making its KGB files. It has ten levels of compression, from very weak to maximum, a greater variety than that found in most other compression software. However, at higher compression levels, the time required to compress a file increases significantly. The official website is now offline.
- Supports native .kgb files and .zip files
- AES-256 encryption
- It is able to create self-extracting archives
- Unicode is supported in both the user interface and filesystems
Multilanguage support (including Arabic, German, Greek, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, and Ukrainian)
- An Explorer shell extension is available for the Windows versions.
- Windows 2K / XP / 2003 / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit
- The minimum requirements for running KGB Archiver are:
- 256 MB RAM
- 1.5 GHz processor
- Explorer shell extension
- Multilanguage support
- Up to 8% faster compression/decompression
- Now SFX archives run on any Windows or under WINE on Linux
- Lots of crashes fixed
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