Show all file extensions
How can I avoid being duped by hidden file extensions?
This question was answered on March 16, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.A file extension represents the last three digits of any file For instance, the file extension of ‘program.exe’ would be ‘.exe’, and that instantly identifies the file as an executable A file ending in ‘.jpg’ means that the file contains a picture; at least it should The problem is that a malicious person can alter a file name to look like a picture file even though the actual file extension makes it an executable Here’s how to prevent being duped:
1. Open My Computer.
2. Go to Tools and click Folder Options…
3. Click the View tab.
4. Under ‘Advanced settings’ you’ll see a checkbox labeled Hide extensions for known file types; uncheck the corresponding box.
5. Click OK to save the new settings.
Now all files should desplay their actual file extension, regardless of how common it may be Cheers!
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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on March 16, 2006