No warning for wrong passwords?

  • I’m using the latest beta (11.50.30) and I found that when extracting password protected rar files if a wrong password is entered it will not give you any warning at all. Instead it seems to extract the file successfully but the destination folder will end up being empty.

    I tried the same file with the 7zip program to make sure it wasn’t just a problem with the file, and it correctly gave a wrong password warning and quit rather than trying to extract the file anyway.

  • conexware

    thanks, we will check it out…

  • conexware

    Beta 2 is out, please check it out via web update or download page. Thanks!

  • Alpha Testers

    problem still occurs in beta 2 with rar files.

    strange thing is…winrar does exactly the same thing…
    it will issue you with a warning but it still creates the empty folders as PA does.

  • conexware

    I get a “wrong password” warning but not second prompt to enter password.


    Anyone else?

  • Alpha Testers

    ok here’s what I found after further testing…
    if I’m trying to extract a rar file that hasn’t used the ‘encrypt file names’ option in winrar then I get a created empty folder as reported above.

    furthermore the only way to get a correct result is to open the file with PA and NOT use the shell extensions option to extract it…using the shell extensions always gives me an empty folder.

    open the file with PA and then it seems to work correctly provided of course the rar file has used the encrypted file option.

    phew! hope that makes sense…lol

  • conexware

    how are you extracting through shell?

  • Alpha Testers

    I’m just using the normal PA shell ‘extract to’ options

  • I updated to Beta 2 but I’m afraid the problem is not fixed. It still does not give any warning at all if a wrong password is entered for protected rar files. It appears to successfully extract the file, even though nothing is really extracted at all. This happens with both the shell extension and from running the program. I’m using XP by the way.

  • conexware

    Please check beta 3 via web update or download page and let us know if this issue has been fixed… thank you!

  • Alpha Testers

    I now get a warning that the password is incorrect in beta 3 but it still creates an empty folder with more empty folders in it but obviously no files…I don’t see the logic in it doing this to be honest.

    if the password is incorrect it should just either close or give you another attempt at the password surely ?

  • conexware

    it needs to extract files before it knows if password is wrong or not… when you say empty folder, what exactly do you mean?


  • Alpha Testers

    it creates a folder based on the name of the zip file but there aren’t any files in it because of the incorrect password…wouldn’t it then be better if this was the case to then delete the empty folder?

    if the zip file contains many folders then it creates them as well within the original folder but again without any files/content.

    I just can’t see the logic in it leaving you with the empty folder…just my opinion anyway.

  • conexware

    it is not that simple, it does not know if some files were extracted and some were not… it doesnt know if folder is empty.

  • Alpha Testers

    well you guys are the experts…it’s something we’ll have to live with then…:)

  • conexware

    Actually the situation is following. Folders and empty folders too are “stored” with no password protection. Hence, they are extracted same as other non-protected files would be extracted even if you enter wrong password after all those files are extracted.

  • Alpha Testers

    can I assume it’s all to do with the ‘makeup’ of how winrar creates it’s encrypted files?
    when I use the same encryption method in PA (PAE) it at least removes the ‘empty’ folder after an incorrect password has been used.


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