What are PBO files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a PBO 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 PBO file?
The .pbo file extension is used for a binary file format that was created by Microsoft Corporation. These PBO files are also called Microsoft Source Profiler profiler binary output files, which are generated by the Microsoft Source Profiler applet. This is a service that is bundled with Microsoft Windows platforms, and the program file profilerw.exe can be activated to initialize this software.Typing profilerw.exe in the Run dialogue box of Microsoft Windows can also be used to initialize this software. This applet can also be opened through the command line interface of Microsoft Windows.These PBO files store configurations and settings that are associated with a profile in Windows, which has been generated through the Microsoft Source Profiler service. It is recommended to leave thee .pbo files alone, in order for the Microsoft Windows platform to continue functioning properly. Only the Microsoft Source Profiler can create, open and edit the content of these PBO files.
How to open PBO files
Important: Different programs may use files with the PBO file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PBO file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different PBO openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: December 19, 2015
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of PBO files. Remember, different programs may use PBO files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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