How to disable winrar encryption

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How to disable winrar encryption
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The popular WinRAR archive management software offers archive encryption. It can create ZIP or RAR archives protected with a password that must be entered to successfully extract files from them. It's possible to set WinRAR to automatically encrypt all the archives it creates with a default password. If your copy of WinRAR is doing this and you want it to stop, you can disable encryption with a simple menu command.

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  1. 1

    Open WinRAR. Click "File," then "Set Default Password."

  2. 2

    Delete the contents of the password field, leaving an empty string. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Restart WinRAR and look at the small key icon in the bottom, left of the window. If it's yellow rather than red, you've disabled WinRAR's encryption.

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