Open Compressed Windows .exe Files in OS X

If you have ever come across a Windows self-extracting zip file – an archive that may contain Mac-compatible fles wrapped in a seemingly unusable Windows executable file – here’s a tip. If you receive such a file that you are reasonably sure is a zip archive file, try this. Change the file extension from .exe to .zip and then drop it on StuffIt Expander – OS X’s built-in zip expander can’t handle these files. If the file is nothing more than a zip archive in disguise, it will expand into the uncompressed contents of the archive.
If you’re a CLI guru, you can just use the unzip command – without first renaming the file. Just make sure that you’re in the same directory as the file and type unzip filename.exe.