Hamster Free ZIP Archiver is a file compressor program that has some very interesting features, such as: take advantage of multi-core processors, with the aim of reducing the time it takes the compression or decompression process.
It supports most formats used to compress files: Zip, Tar, Rar, Lha, 7z, Arj, Iso, Bz, Cab, Arc, Lhz, Gzip, Bzip2 and more.
Another advantage of this tool is that it includes default settings, which depend on the use you want to give; For example, in the case of compressing a file to upload to storage sites like Rapidshare, you already have in mind that you must divide it into parts. Other default options: Email, SkyDrive, CD or DVD, etcetera.
Hamster Free ZIP has a very attractive interface (in Spanish and with several themes available) and includes a guide (wizard) for beginners, that facilitates its use. It supports "drag and drop" to make it more comfortable to create a folder with the contents of a ZIP, RAR, etc.; And like other applications of this type, it adds options in the contextual menu of the Windows explorer, to be able to compress or to decompress directly without having to open the application. It also allows protection of files using a password.
This application allows you to define the level of compression that is applied to the list of selected files. The level can be: minimum, optimal or maximum. The maximum level is the one that manages to obtain the compressed file of smaller size, but at the same time it is the one that requires greater time of processing.
Hamster Free ZIP Archiver 18.104.22.168 is the latest version, updated in July 2013, of this compressor / decompressor software, available for Windows, and you can download free. It is a good free alternative to programs like WinRAR or Winzip.