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.VIR File Extension

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File TypeVirus-Infected File

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CategoryMisc Files


File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.


File infected with a computer virus that has been renamed by an antivirus software program, such as Symantec's Norton AntiVirus or Avira AntiVir; the ".vir" extension is typically appended to the filename (i.e. program.exe → program.exe.vir) to indicate the file is a virus and to prevent it from being executed.

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Removing the ".vir" extension may allow you to open the file, which may also enable the virus to run. Therefore, you should not open VIR files manually. Instead, it is best to let the antivirus program locate and remove VIR files.

Programs that open VIR files
Symantec Norton Security 2016
Avira Antivirus Pro 2016
Should not be opened manually
Symantec Norton Security 2016
Should not be opened manually
Updated 6/10/2015