.ZAP File Extension

Zero Administration Package File

Developer Microsoft
3.8  |  17 Votes

What is a ZAP file?

Windows application deployment file often used in business environments to publish non-MSI (.MSI files) programs to users; contains plain text and specifies the name of the program, the program file to run, the version number, the publisher, and other optional information; allows .EXE programs to be published to users when no MSI installer is available; called a "Zero Administration Package" (ZAP) because it allows programs to be deployed to users without using administrative privileges on local computers.

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ZAP applications are deployed in Windows using a Group Policy Object (GPO), which is an access control object that permits access to certain files and programs. Users for whom the administrator has provided access can use the ZAP published applications locally on their computers. For permitted users, the applications appear in the user's Add/Remove Programs list. Group Policy management is included as part of the Windows Server software.

You can create and edit ZAP files with any text editor. For example, you can create a plain text (.TXT) file in Microsoft Notepad and change the file extension to ".zap" when complete.

NOTE: ZAP files have limitations that traditional MSI installers do not. For example, ZAP files cannot assume elevated privileges for installing an application.

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Programs that open or reference ZAP files

ZoneAlarm Pro Data File

Developer Check Point Software Technologies
3.8  |  4 Votes

Data file used by Zone Alarm utilities; contains security information and settings referenced by the program; common ZAP files include alert.zap, email.zap, filter.zap, firewall.zap, programs.zap, and security.zap.

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NOTE: Zone Labs is now part of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Zone Alarm Pro software is now available in multiple editions, including ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall, ZoneAlarm Antivirus, and ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite.

Programs that open or reference ZAP files

FileWrangler Archive

Developer CursorArts
3.0  |  7 Votes

File compressed or encrypted by FileWrangler, a file management program for Windows; can be used to rename or re-date groups of files, compress and expand files, view and extract .CAB archives, split large files across multiple disks, and locate files on a hard drive.

Programs that open or reference ZAP files

CursorArts FileWrangler

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