Cant figure out what file this is

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Twidger, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Twidger macrumors newbie

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    So I found a random link to a file thats maybe 500 MB, but I cant figure out what kind of file it is. Don't ask why I downloaded a random file, but what can i do to open the file and figure out what it is?
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Right click the file... on the pop up menu that... pops up... select open with...
    That will give you a list of apps that can open the 500mb file.
     
  3. xlii macrumors 68000

    xlii

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    I should point out that if you don't know what kind of a file it is you should not download it. If the file has an extension (.exe, .app, .avi, .mpeg) you can google the extension to see what kind of a file it is.
     
  4. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    if you do not know what it is ... let us help you with some sound judgement ... throw it in the trash. :cool:
     
  5. Twidger thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think the file is encrypted, because only text edit can open it, how can I un-ecrypt it?
     
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Even more of a reason to throw it in the trash...
     
  7. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    That does not mean it is encrypted. What is the name of the file (including it's extension).
     
  8. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    If your only motivation is curiosity, just trash it.

    Otherwise tell us the extension.

    Or hit Cmd + I. What's it say under "Kind"?
     

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