Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Supported formats
  3. Basics
    1. How to install or uninstall
    2. How to set up file associations
    3. How to open an archive or disk image
    4. How to open a self-extracting (SFX) archive
    5. How to extract an archive or disk image
    6. How to create a new archive
    7. How to create a self-extracting archive
      1. How to create 7Z self-extracting archive
      2. How to create RAR self-extracting archive
    8. How to create an encrypted archive
    9. How to create a multi-volume archive
    10. How to create and use packing profiles
    11. How to add, update or remove files in an archive
    12. How to view archive’s properties
    13. How to set up a password
  4. Checksums
  5. Integration with plug-ins
    1. How to view installed plug-ins
    2. How to install new WCX plug-ins

How to create an encrypted archive

If you want to prevent unauthorized access to the archive’s contents, you can create an encrypted archive with password protection.

TC4Shell supports creating encrypted archives in the following formats: 7Z, RAR, SQX, and ZIP. You can also encrypt not only the contents, but also names of the files in 7Z, RAR or SQX archives.

To create an encrypted archive, simply select Encrypt archive, and then enter a new password and confirm it.

TC4Shell create encrypted archive

You can either type a password manually or choose it from the list of pre-defined passwords. If you've previously specified aliases for passwords, these aliases will be marked in yellow in the drop-down list. If a new password was entered manually, you can include it in the list of pre-defined passwords by clicking Add password to storage.

Important! Do not save passwords if unauthorized persons have access to your computer.

To encrypt file names in an archive, select Encrypt file names.

Important! Note that when creating an encrypted ZIP archive, you can choose between two encryption methods called ZipCrypto and AES256. It is not recommended that you use ZipCrypto, since this encryption method is not secure enough. Instead, consider using AES256, but note that Windows by default does not support it, and thus you will need to use external software for AES256-based archives, such as TC4Shell.