Opening VIR files

Did your computer fail to open a VIR file? We explain what VIR files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your VIR files.

What is a VIR file?

Files that contain the .vir file extension are infected computer files that have been renamed by an anti-virus application. This is done to keep the file from running on a user's computer and causing damage to the system or a corruption of data.

For example, when Norton AntiVirus finds a file on a computer that has been infected by a virus it will rename the file with the .vir file extension to notate that the file has been infected. This prevents the file from being executed on the user's system.

If you remove the .vir file extension from a file that has been modified as a VIR file by an anti-virus program, you may enable the virus to do harm to your computer.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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