.VBS File Extension
What is a VBS file?
A VBS file is a Virtual Basic script written in the VBScript scripting language. It contains code that can be executed within Windows or Internet Explorer, via the Windows-based script host (Wscript.exe), to perform certain admin and processing functions.
Primarily, VBS files are used by:
- Windows system administrators, to automate certain admin processes
- Internet Explorer-only webpages, to perform certain functions that HTML alone cannot
- Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) web server, to perform server-side webpage processing
Are VBS files still used?
NOTE: VBS files may also use the .VB file extension.
How to open a VBS file
VBS files are typically legitimate VB scripts, but they can also be used to distribute and execute malware attacks. To protect against malware attacks, do not double-click a VBS file you have downloaded or received via email unless you trust the file's source.