DISABLED File Extension

Have a problem opening a .DISABLED file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what DISABLED files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .DISABLED file type?

The .disabled extension is used to control execution capability of executable files (programs) in MS Windows with SpyBot Search & Destroy (S&D), a free (for private use) anti-spyware utility by Safer-Networking Ltd. Self-explanatory, a .disabled file is an executable (or a link to an executable) that has been disabled, i.e. forbidden to run due to security concerns.

To disable a file, the original .exe or .lnk extension would be replaced with the .disabled extension. Thus, a file so treated becomes unknown to Windows and cannot be natively run. Although it may be possible to remove the .disabled extension and make the file runnable again, it is generally not advisable as there may be good reasons for disabling the file.

SpyBot S&D would apply the .disabled extension to any executable (and any link to it) that it identifies as spyware, malware, virus or a trojan horse as well as any executable with a suspicious behavior basing on a heuristic analysis.

The presence of DISABLED files in the system may be strong evidence of security breaches, either past of still present. A thorough check with a reliable antivirus utility would be recommended.

Software to open or convert DISABLED files

You can open DISABLED files with the following programs:
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy by Safer Networking Limited
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy by Safer-Networking Ltd.
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy by PepiMK Software
µTorrent by BitTorrent Inc.

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