How to open PFX file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

PFX files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing PFX file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with PFX extension. However, it should be remembered that PFX file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Certificate Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning PFX files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with PFX extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Certificate Format

    .pfx file extension


    OS Software
    Windows Adobe Acrobat X Pro Adobe Acrobat X Pro
    Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
    Microsoft Certificate Manager Microsoft Certificate Manager
    Microsoft Certificate Import Wizard Microsoft Certificate Import Wizard
    MAC OS Adobe Acrobat X Pro Adobe Acrobat X Pro
    Adobe Reader Adobe Reader
  • First Choice Word Processing Document

    .pfx file extension

    Category: Document Files

    OS Software
    Windows SoftKey PFS:First Choice SoftKey PFS:First Choice

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from PFX files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning PFX extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning PFX extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the PFX file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports PFX file extension
  • PFX file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with PFX files


If PFX file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a PFX file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open PFX file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing PFX in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit PFX format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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