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.pfx File Extension

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File type: PKCS #12 Certificate File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .pfx. Files with the file extension .pfx can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .pfx files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .pfx file?

Files with the PFX extension are system files, particularly files with encrypted security functionalities embedded into it. The encrypted security features of these .pfx files include digital certificates used for authentication processes involved in determining whether a user or a device can access certain files, the system itself or the network where the computer is connected as among those with administrator privileges. These PFX files require a password before it can be opened using Adobe Acrobat X or Adobe Reader. This means these PFX files are helpful in protecting or securing the computers and networks of users against hackers, third party users without the consent to access system and network resources as well as from malicious applications with code that instructs it to access these protected resources and data. PFX files may be found in Mac and Microsoft Windows systems, and the applications that can be used to open these .pfx files are versions of Adobe Acrobat X and Adobe Reader compatible with Mac or Microsoft Windows environments.

how to open a .pfx file?

Launch a .pfx file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .pfx file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .pfx files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .pfx file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .pfx file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .pfx file association errors

applications that open a .pfx file

Microsoft Windows Operating System

Microsoft Windows Operating System

Microsoft Windows Operating System platforms mostly used files with .ANI extension, a graphic file format used for animated mouse cursors, which are also defined as Windows Animated Cursor. These files have the same functions with CUR file format or better known as the Static Cursor; its distinction is that being an animated cursor with the use of strings of images to show animation. The format is based on the Microsoft RIFF file format, which is utilized as storage for keeping the individual frames, which are typical Windows icons of the animation. This type of file is usually integrated in a customized theme for desktop, and is helpful to personalize the CPU system. Its final animation is designed with some icon frames are utilized for showing a single image after another to generate animation. Despite of a number of frames using the icon format, part of the stored data in the animated cursor file handle the order of the step, length, title, and the author of the animation.
Acrobat Reader

Acrobat Reader

Adobe Reader is a versatile software used for opening, viewing, and interacting with PDF documents. Among the many different programs that open PDF documents, Adobe Reader boasts being able to open and interact with all different types of PDF documents. This program allows you to search for keywords and phrases within the document, print all or a fraction of the document, and zoom in varying degrees to view the content at a smaller or larger size. PDF documents are used heavily today because they allow a person to view a document exactly as it was originally created and to print a document to exact specifications, regardless of what text editors or other viewing programs are available to that person. Having a PDF reader like Adobe Reader is essential for accessing PDF documents, and is considered the first PDF reader choice of most people. It works for the latest Windows operating systems, including Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Adobe Acrobat Professional

Adobe Acrobat Professional

Adobe Acrobat Professional is a PDF management software that has several functions exclusively for viewing, creating, managing, and printing Portable Document Format or PDF files. It is integrated with numerous applications, which are also created by Adobe Systems. These include the Adobe Reader, also known as Acrobat Reader, that is considered a freeware, which means can be installed separately. The rest of the applications included on Acrobat Professional are proprietary commercial programs. The first Acrobat Professional was found on Acrobat 6.0 in 2003, but a limited version without some form design features, pre-press support, and Adobe Catalog. The only new feature included on this limited version of Acrobat 6 is Distiller. The next version Acrobat 7 has also Acrobat Professional edition but comes with Adobe LiveCycle Designer 7.0 for all Windows OS it supports. The newest version, Acrobat XI Pro, has new features to offer, which include the new editing tool for text and images simply by the use of a point-and-click interface. A user can also convert any PDF files to Microsoft PowerPoint presentation file. Aside from PDF file creation, Acrobat XI Pro also lets a user make Web form using a template that is available on the program or starting from scratch.
Adobe Acrobat x

Adobe Acrobat x

Adobe Acrobat X is a PDF management software, which is a set of various applications for the use of Portable Document Format or PDF files. It allows a user to not just view PDF files but also create from scratch or through a template available on the program, manage, print, and share. The 10th version of Acrobat, which is called Adobe Acrobat X, was first introduced in the year 2010 on November 15. It has new cool features like “sandboxing” protection to secure PDF files for the later versions of Windows OS computers, particularly Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. This version of Acrobat X is also made compatible with Mac OS, iOS and Android, but not with Linux. The newest version of Acrobat X is Adobe Acrobat XI, which is the 11th version, that was recently announced last October 1, 2012 and expected to be commercially available on October 15, 2012. It is packed with a graphical user interface that is originated from the 10th version for all desktop systems. However, it has new cool features such as the ability to export PDF files to Microsoft PowerPoint presentation file, integration of cloud services, and touch friendly capabilities for compact mobile devices.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .pfx files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .pfx. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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