License & RegistrationBandizip License Policy
How to register Bandizip
Bandizip Edition Comparison
Bandizip MSE (Microsoft Store Edition)
How to receive a receipt
How to unregister Bandizip
Exclusive features of Bandizip Paid EditionHow to use the Password Manager
How to use Repair Archive
How to use the Password Recovery
How to preview images in an archive with Bandizip
How to use Antimalware Scan on Archive
Features & Technical TermsHow to use Extract Here (Smart)
How to split a large file into smaller files with Bandizip
How to use Unicode filenames in ZIP format
ZIPX archive format
7z archive format
ZPAQ archive format
How to open RAR files
How to open ALZ and EGG files
How to use Fast Drag and Drop
How to use Multi-core Compression
How to use High-speed Archiving
How to modify an archive without decompression
How to open a file in an archive without extraction
How to edit a file and save it in an archive directly
How to set a password for an archive
How to encrypt filenames in archives
How to move files to Recycle Bin (Trash) when deleting
How to compress a file even when the file is used by another process
How to use Parallel Extraction
Expand folder tree automatically
How to prevent data corruption by safe backup
How to test an archive
How to copy Zone.Identifier information for malware protection
How to change the theme color for Bandizip
How to export and import Bandizip settings
How to uninstall Bandizip
Command Line Parameters
Bandizip Setup Command Line Parameters
Bandizip on Windows 10 on ARM
TroubleshootingHow to troubleshoot when I can’t register Bandizip
How to troubleshoot when I can’t access the email account that I used to buy Bandizip
How to troubleshoot when codepage auto-detection doesn’t work correctly
How to troubleshoot when Bandizip opens archive files automatically when I download them on the browser
How to troubleshoot when an icon for archives doesn’t appear properly in the File Explorer
How to troubleshoot when a right-click menu (context menu) for Bandizip doesn’t appear
How to troubleshoot when a right-click menu (context menu) for Bandizip isn’t displayed properly
How to troubleshoot when the compression or decompression speed is too slow
How to troubleshoot when Error 22 occurs and Mac Finder on Catalina can’t extract a ZIP archive
How to troubleshoot when Mac Finder can’t extract an encrypted ZIP file
How to use a non-alphabetic language character in a password
How to test multiple archives
How to troubleshoot “The parameter is incorrect.”
How to troubleshoot when Bandizip conflicts with Sticky Notes
How to troubleshoot when I can’t open an archive in a network mapped drive
How to troubleshoot when a split archive can’t be decompressed
How to troubleshoot when bdzsfx.x86.sfx is diagnosed as malware
How to run Bandizip on Linux using Wine
How to use Antimalware Scan on Archive
Thanks to Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) from Windows 10, Bandizip provides a feature of antimalware scan on an archive, which can detect malware in the archive without decompression.
How to use
Open an archive with Bandizip and click Scan in the toolbar. You will be notified if any malware is detected.
About Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI)
Taking countermeasures against malware is a very important issue in the PC environment. Microsoft has introduced Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) accordingly, a standard which allows software to call other Antivirus software (AV software) and perform a scan for malware.
Thanks to AMSI, the antimalware scan can be performed using only the content in memory and there is no need to store any infected files in storage. Bandizip scans an archive with AMSI and detects malware in the archive without decompression.
AV Software supporting AMSI
AMSI is available on Windows 10, and Windows Defender which is a built-in antimalware component of Windows 10 supports AMSI as well. Even when you are using other third-party AV software, Bandizip can perform the antimalware scan using AMSI if the software supports AMSI.
The following AV software supports AMSI: (As of June 2021)
If the third-party AV software which is installed on your system does not support AMSI, AMSI becomes disabled or fails to work properly, and Bandizip cannot perform the antimalware scan.
The following AV software does NOT support AMSI:
Why does archiving software need to provide a feature of antimalware scan?
Most AV software can detect malware (such as viruses and ransomware) hidden in an archive. Because the AV software is not archiving software, however, the antimalware scan on an archive performed solely by AV software may fail in the following circumstances:
Archiving software such as Bandizip, which does specialize in handling archive files, can provide fast and accurate malware detection with a scan optimized for the characteristics of the archive.
Sample files for detection tests
The sample files below are not detected as malware by most AV software.
The following links provide detection results of the sample files from VirusTotal. You may find that the sample files are hardly detected as malware by AV software.
The samples provided in the links are EICAR test files and NOT actual malware. You may learn more about EICAR in the links below.
This feature may fail to detect malware under the following conditions:
This feature cannot detect malware under the following conditions:
If AMSI initialization fails, try the following steps to solve the issue.
0x80070015. The device is not ready.
Real-time protection is currently off.
0x80070103. No more data is available.
The AV software on your system does not support AMSI. Uninstall it and install other AV software supporting AMSI instead, and then try again. (Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender, built-in AV software supporting AMSI.)