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What is an ENCRYPTED File?


Question: What is an ENCRYPTED File?

Did you find an ENCRYPTED file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an ENCRYPTED file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the ENCRYPTED file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an ENCRYPTED file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .ENCRYPTED file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the ENCRYPTED file extension is a TopStudio Encrypted file.

Files that are encrypted for security doesn't necessarily mean they have the .ENCRYPTED file extension.

Other types of files may also use the ENCRYPTED file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .ENCRYPTED extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an ENCRYPTED File

The easiest way to open an ENCRYPTED file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the ENCRYPTED file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit ENCRYPTED files.

Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.

ENCRYPTED files can be opened with EasyCrypto.

If you know anything else useful about ENCRYPTED files, please let me know so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the ENCRYPTED file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. This may or may not be the case with ENCRYPTED files but it's worth a try.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the ENCRYPTED file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open ENCRYPTED files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an ENCRYPTED File

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an ENCRYPTED file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the ENCRYPTED file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens ENCRYPTED files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the ENCRYPTED file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using an ENCRYPTED File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the ENCRYPTED file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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