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.zix File Extension

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

what is a .zix file?

The ZIX file extension is a data file format associated to an archiving utility called WinZix compression. These are compressed file archive used to pack files together and serve as a unit, ideally for download. ZIX files and WinZix were created by Zix Corp. ZIX file format was first used by Quicken as an encryption code for sending sensitive financial documents. However, Quicken stopped using the file format because of virus problems. After which it evolved to be a significantly dangerous archive file since WinZix installs spyware, adware and viruses to computers and networks. The ZIX files do not contain adware however the WinZix application which open or create the files contain the viruses. The WinZix files can be accidentally downloaded from a Bittorent file sharing. They can cause severe damage to the computer and are hard to remove from the system. In case ZIX file has been downloaded, the user can use UnZixWin software to clear the files.

how to open a .zix file?

Launch a .zix 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 .zix 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 .zix files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .zix file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .zix file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .zix file association errors

applications that open a .zix file

WinZix

WinZix

Winzix is a file compression tool commonly used for adware and advertising-supported software. Compression or bit-rate reductions of large advertising files are commonly done either by lossless or lossy data compression. The data compression algorithms in lossless usually reduce files by eliminating redundancy while lossy removes some detail in the file to reduce storage space. In Winzix, file compression is done using an algorithm similar to zip archives. Files compressed by Winzix generate the .zix file format, and once installed on the system it will display pop up ads and messages. The .zix file may not actually contain the adware. The adware downloaded in the user’s computer is usually part of the Winzix application that creates and opens it. Un-installing WinZix in the control panel will remove the application, but there is a strong possibility that the adware will remain in the user’s system. Some WinZix files are labeled WinZix-2.0-setup-0514.exe, WinZix\WinZixManager.dll, and minime.exe.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .zix 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, .zix. 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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