oh yes, the mysterious .rar.
It is just like a zip or any other file that has been compressed. Not all file extractors work, but WinZip that comes on most computers does not unzip them unless you have a paid version extension? Please, anyone, correct me if I am wrong.
I use "Extract Now" and I know it unzips any type of file I throw at it, and it was free.
I use 7-Zip. You can download it for free, and it will unzip just about ANY format (including .RAR, which I couldn't access prior to using 7-zip)... and/or it will also allow you to create/compress files to just about any format. I love it. I'll go find a link, and be back...
I've had a trial version of WinZip on my computer for years and still can use it to unzip files. you don't necessarily use WinZip to unzip the files. as long as it's on my computer, I just right click and choose "extract here" (or whatever the verbage is LOL) and the file is unzipped.
a computer geek friend of mine told me about doing it this way years ago. I've never had any problem with it unless someone tries to choose another option after right clicking. not sure how it works but as long as it continues to work, I'm good
Sharyn, RAR files are just another way to archive, using the WinRAR archiver. I think the important part of this is that it supports UNICODE for non English languages, so you find more RAR files in europe and other countries not using English...