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What are VIR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a VIR file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle 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.

How to open VIR files

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

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested four different VIR openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 7, 2013

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

360 Internet Security360 Internet SecurityUser submitted
Fix-It UtilitiesFix-It UtilitiesUser submitted
SystemSuiteSystemSuiteUser submitted
Ontrack SystemSuiteOntrack SystemSuiteUser submitted

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