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Scan archives files in order to resolve possible security issues before actual content extraction is a common best practice when unpacking compressed files from sources that cannot be trusted without a minimum degree of verification - or if the archive file has been exposed to potential treats in the process i.e. downloaded through an untrusted connection, or stored on a server whose reliability cannot be verified, received by mail as attachment.

PeaZip meets this security requirement integrating antivirus / antimalware scan option both from the filesystem (scan uncompressed files or entire archive files before browsing them) and for files inside archives, allowing to scan selected compressed files before extraction with anti-virus and anti-malware software.

This feature is especially useful when dealing with encrypted archives, as resident live antivirus scan cannot verify the content of the archive until the password is provided and the content is accessible in unencrypted form - making the archive manager application the first line of defense for detecting those incoming threats.

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PeaZip's "Open with" menu, available also inside archives, auto configure itself to show option to open files / compressed files with detected antivirus / antimalware software; following security programs are supported - which means the application is automatically detected and properly configured by PeaZip without requiring user manually configuring the scan, which anyway is always possible *:
  • Avast

  • AVG Anti-Virus Free

  • Avira AntiVir Personal

  • ClamWin (Open Source antivirus)

  • Comodo Cleaning Essentials

  • ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 Antivirus

  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (MBAM)

  • Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and Microsoft Windows Defender

  • Spybot Search & Destroy

  • VirusTotal Uploader

Moreover, PeaZip can open as archives most executable, dll and installer files, and most document types (OpenDocuments ODF files, and both classic MS Office formats and new Office Open XML formats), allowing browsing and in-depth security scanning of embedded resources to help finding source of infection.

* Organize > Applications (Alt+9) allows to integrate / remove / modify custom applications in "Open with menu", scripting the options to be passed to the executable program (or batch script).
This menu can obviously be used, alongside for security purpose, for setting up custom favourite most used software to open selected files, in example Notepad, most common browsers, media players and image viewers are auto-configured by PeaZip, and can be customized by end users.

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