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How to Repair Virus Infected ZIP File

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You may have noticed a number of times that when you download ZIP files from a website or receive some from a friend, they do not get extracted to your system. Such situations occur when the ZIP file is corrupted. The ZIP files can get corrupt due to various reasons such as virus infections, interruptions during downloading, CRC errors, problems in the storage media, etc. In such cases, you should check if you can download (or get the file recreated) the files again. However, if this is not possible or the problem is not getting resolved, then you need to use a third-party ZIP repair software to repair ZIP file.

Consider a scenario wherein one of your friends has given you some documents for review that are meant for his project report. The documents are in ZIP format created in WinZip. When you try to extract the files, you were unable to do so. An error message is flashed, that is:

“header corrupt”

Cause: The root cause of this error message is that the ZIP file is virus infected and, thus, has corrupted. This could have happened in the following situations: Your system is virus infected. When you transferred the file to your system, it could have got virus infected. You friend's system is virus infected. The ZIP file may have got corrupted while it was being created. The storage media that you used to transfer the ZIP file is virus infected. The ZIP file may have got virus infected through the storage media itself such as external hard disk drive, USB drive, etc.

Resolution: To resolve this undesirable situation, you should perform the following methods: Perform virus scan: You should scan your system (not only the virus-infected ZIP file) using an antivirus program. However, you should ensure that the antivirus is updated with the latest virus definitions. Recreate the ZIP file: You should ask your friend to resend the ZIP file after scanning his system using an updated antivirus program.

The aforementioned methods should be able to repair ZIP file. However, if the problem still persists then you should use a third-party ZIP recovery software to repair ZIP file. Such ZIP repair tools repair corrupted ZIP files using fast yet sophisticated scanning algorithms.

Stellar Phoenix ZIP Recovery is a ZIP repair software that enables you to repair ZIP file from all instances of logical corruption. It is specifically designed to repair .zip files created in WinZip 5.0 to 12.1 versions. In addition, this ZIP recovery software restores password-protected ZIP files created in WinZip 5.0 to 8.0. It is capable of repairing ZIP files with sizes up to 800 MB. This ZIP repair utility is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.

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