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Universal Extractor Comments

Comment by tbdsch
about Universal Extractor · Oct 2016 · Helpful Not helpful

Unofficial updated version maintained by Lupo PenSuite Team

http://www.lupopensuite.com/db/universalextractor.htm

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Comment by realnabarl
about Universal Extractor and Sandboxie · Dec 2012 · Helpful Not helpful

Failed to extract too many executable installation file. I perfer using Sandboxie to get the extracted files.

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Comment by jadik
about Universal Extractor · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Excellent point, Ruddyadam... Universal extractor is so good at extracting the "meat" from EXE files, that (in my experience) that it is a full step ahead of any antivirus tool I've used. You may ask: "What does this mean?"

When using the context menu for Universal Extractor, selecting "UniExtract to Subdir" - Universal Extractor disassembles the ".exe" runtime file, without executing the function. It will extract the full contents of the executable archive into its individual components, which exposes any potential threats for antivirus exploration. I have gotten accustomed to extracting all files in this manner, and am consistently surprised how often suspicious scripts are exposed in the process.

UniExtractor is a free (as in "free speech") application - To date, I haven't found anything that rivals its capability for extracting... (note however: it does not compress... it only extracts). I'm continually surprised at how deftly it handles so many formats, in such a low-profile (5.6Mb) installable. Some of the extensions that really provide powerful file access capabilities include (and there are more!):

Installer & Archival Executables:
7-zip, ACE , ARJ, ASpack, Gentee, Inno Setup, InstallShield, KGB:
.exe, .7z, .ace, .arc, .arj, .kgb, .kge
Installer VISE, RAR, Roboform, Reflexive Arcade, SetupFactory, WISE, .UPX, Zip::
.exe, .rar, .001, .zip, .jar, .xpi, .wz
CD and DVD disc image files:
.iso, .bin, ,.cue, .nrg, .cdi, .nbh
Java Archive:
.jar, .war, .ear:

Zip and other archives

"Universal Extractor disassembles the ".exe" runtime file, without executing the function."

This is not always the case, for a lot of executable installers UniExtract will actually just run them with an appropriate set of command-line switches to perform an unattended, GUI-less, extract-only installation. It basically has a database of known types of installer executables, and runs it with the appropriate switches for the extraction. Correct me if I'm wrong with this, but the official homepage suggests as much.

While some installers have a plain decompress/unpack operation to just extract the files, the executable is still run, so it's not unfathomable that some dubious scripts and functions might be executed anyway. This just as a warning that some degree of caution is still appropriate.

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Comment by ruddyadam
about Universal Extractor · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

with universal extractor, you can extract an .exe into its component files. This is sometimes helpful in the process of making the program portable, or grabbing a specific file out of an .exe without going through the entire install process. Kind of a nerd-tool.

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