.rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what are they?


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FlimFlamTots
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I tried to download a new profile thing for my XP desktop wotsit last night (inspired by the thread about posting your desktop), and the one that I loveed has downloaded as a .rar file?

The thing is its saved as a file to be opened with iTunes?

So my question is what is a .rar file and why does it try to open through my iTunes?

I download music too through torrents and always see .rar files on them but never click them because I don't know what they are :-?

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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

Have now installed the 7-zip thing and have sorted out the associated file thing Smile

Thanking you for all your help guys

Now off to look for a new XP profile Smile

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Stevie
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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

Your iTunes is only trying to open it. Somewhere along the line you have unknowingly told your system that iTunes is the default handling application to open .RAR files.

Whenever you doubleclick a file, Windows may know what to use. Example: a .doc file may open with Word or a XLS file will open with Excel. Whenever you doubleclick a file that Windows doesn't know what the default opening application is, you will get the "Open With" window. You can browse to the exe of any program you have, but unless you are sure you want that file associated with any particular program, make sure the "Always open with" box is NOT checked.

I believe this is what happened to cause the association between RAR files and your iTunes. This is easily fixable. At a some point in time you WILL need a utility that will "unzip" (un RAR) a RAR file. Installing 7-Zip that Ashton recommended will remove the association between RAR and iTunes and will establish one between RAR and 7-zip.

I like WinRar but keep in mind what Ashton mentioned about the nag message after your trial runs out.

Here's something too if you've mis-associated a file type to the wrong application. You can always delete the file from the File Types list:
Open My Computer>Tools>Folder Options>File Types tab, scroll down to RAR, select it and hit the Delete button. This will remove the association and when you do finally install a program like 7-Zip or WinRar, the file type will be added back into the list with the correct association to the default handling application.

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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

Thank you so much everyone for all the info. Stevie/Ashton I will download that 7 zip thing when I get home, and I will sort out the miss-associated file type thing later too Smile

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Ashton
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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

>>>Open My Computer>Tools>Folder Options>File Types tab, scroll down to RAR, select it and hit the Delete button. This will remove the association and when you do finally install a program like 7-Zip or WinRar, the file type will be added back into the list with the correct association to the default handling application.

Cool.

Cool

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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

Tug Zip is another free compression tool that can open .rar files. Very handy little program. I use it to compress things for emails as well. When you download and install it you should get a prompt to associate rar files with tug zip. From there no problems. 

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FlimFlamTots
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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

I looked on the wiki about them last night but it did'nt relally make much sense to me.

The thing is my iTunes does'nt open them? It just pops up (iTunes) then goes away again :-?

I will download the WinRar thing when I get home Smile
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Ashton
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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

While we are on the subject.

We push this free open source utility to handle most compression formats across our network. Free for commercial use as well.

http://www.7-zip.org/

Easy to install and shows easily on right clicking a compressed file.

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Cool thanks for the tip Ashton.

Also since this is dealing with torrents (this thread) here is a 21 anti virus programs that will scan a file if you feel it could be bad - its free. Normally I just scan with NOD32 but I did have one once say it could have issues (got it from Piratebay) and well I double checked it here. In the end I dumped it - better safe than sorry.

 

Thanks , I will have a look at that later. I tend to download alot of music and never even have thought to check any of it Sad Bad I know.

My best friend recently had to format his computer because of a virus that he got from a dodgy music file Stare
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Ashton
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Re: .rar files... Why does my iTunes try to open them? And what

It's a compression algorithm much like .zip files.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAR

Typically you use a program called WinRAR to open them which has a free trial then warns you indefinately that you are using a free trail but still opens the files.

The compression format is safe, what is inside is up to whoever compressed the files in the first place. If your iTunes is opening it just fine then I wouldn't bother with the program WinRar.

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