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*.rar file won't open saying "unknown format or damaged"

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Hello....beforehand I want to thank you for your help regarding the problems I can't seem to fix. I am using Windows Vista and I have run scandisk/disk defrag/computer cleanup with various programs so all of that is taken care of for a possible "solution". I looked on various help and resource sites but can't seem to fix my problems!

First off, I don't know what is going on with my rar files but I have winrar and 7zip and everything was working fine but now every time I download compressed "Rar" files it seems to not open and give an error message that the archive is either in an "unknown format or damaged". I know this is not the case because I try to use it on multiple and various rar files I have downloaded and this is even happening on files that I have had on my computer and have worked in the past but that is not working now so I don't know what to do...I have attached a screenshot of the error message: http://www.mediafire...c7f9d03334g.jpg
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where are you getting the rar files from?
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