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What are DISABLED files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DISABLED file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a DISABLED file?

Files that contain the .disabled file extension are used by the Spybot Search & Destroy anti-spyware application. Spybot is an anti-malware, anti-spyware and anti-adware application that protects your computer from the latest Internet threats.

When Spybot scans your computer for threats and finds malicious software lurking on your hard drive, the malicious applications are disabled and are given the .disabled file extension. This prevents them from operating on your system and causing damage and corruption to your computer files.

You should not remove the .disabled file suffix from these files. If you do, your computer may become vulnerable to the threats that the files contain.

How to open DISABLED files

Important: Different programs may use files with the DISABLED file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DISABLED file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single DISABLED opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: September 12, 2017

Suggest another file format using extension DISABLED

While we know of one file format using the .DISABLED file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DISABLED file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of DISABLED files. Remember, different programs may use DISABLED files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DISABLED-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DISABLED-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!