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File Type Advisor

From time to time you can see files that are not associated with any program, and Windows cannot open them. File Type Advisor was created to help in this situation. This small program will provide you with a detailed description of every format in question and will recommend software to open or convert this file type.

Information About All File Formats

File Type Advisor is an easy-to-use program that provides information about unknown file formats. It associates itself with unknown file types and replaces the standard tool of Windows that often fails to provide any description of rare file types. Once you find a file of an unknown type, File Type Advisor will look up the vast online database and provide necessary information about the filename extension and associated file format. It will also show a list of programs that are known to open or convert such files.

File Type Advisor

Information about popular file types and software to open them is contributed by users of File Type Advisor.

Additionally the program may help you keep your software up-to-date by showing alerts when newer versions of the installed software are released. Keeping software up-to-date is important, as some viruses use known vulnerabilities in older versions of popular software. Furthermore, newer versions typically include bug fixes and improvements.

Update notification

You can disable software update notifications, if you prefer update your software manually but would still like to have easy access to information about unknown file formats. Just click on the "settings" button in the notification window:

Notification settings button

Disable "Use software manager":

Notification settings

How to get it?

To download File Type Advisor, click here. Run the downloaded program and follow instructions of the setup wizard to install the program on your computer.

Our software may also come bundled with another program. In this case, you can choose whether to install File Type Advisor along with the main program, following prompts of the installation wizard.

How to uninstall?

File Type Advisor can be easily uninstalled using the "Add/Remove Programs" or "Programs" section of Windows Control Panel:

  • Open Control Panel (on Windows Vista/7: Start Menu - Control Panel; on Windows 8: move mouse cursor to the right upper or lower corner of your Desktop, select Settings - Control Panel; on Windows XP: Start Menu - Settings - Control Panel).
  • Select "Add or Remove Programs" on Windows XP, or "Uninstall a program" on Windows Vista/7/8.
  • Click on the "File Type Advisor" entry in the list.
  • Click the "Remove" (Windows XP) / "Uninstall" (Windows Vista/7/8) button.

Please check our End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy before installing the program.