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AFP File Extension

FileProtector Encrypted Format
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What is AFP file?

Files with the AFP extension belong to the category of cryptographic files.

What do AFP files contain?

The contents of files with the AFP extension can be practically any resources that the user, for certain reasons, wants to restrict access to by third parties. Most often encrypted are:

  • authentication data (logins and passwords),
  • internet browser histories,
  • records of conversations from network messengers,
  • phone and address books,
  • bank statements,
  • private notes.

Files with the AFP extension are created by free software called FileProtector, which operates under the control of operating systems in the Windows family.

What are AFP files used for?

FileProtector allows for the permanent protection of the contents of any files with the AFP extension using one of three encryption algorithms:

  • AES (256-bit / 192-bit / 128-bit),
  • TripleDES (192-bit),
  • DES (64-bit).

The algorithms use encryption keys, which are used to encrypt and decrypt (in some algorithms these functions are performed by one key, in others, two are necessary: a public and a private one). Securing sensitive files with FileProtector software, which converts them into files with the AFP extension, is a relatively safe solution, provided that an appropriately long encryption key is used.

Programs which support AFP file extension

The following listing features AFP-compatible programs. AFP files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support AFP file

Updated: 04/30/2024

How to open file with AFP extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening AFP files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to FileProtector Encrypted Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install FileProtector

Install software to open AFP file Problems with opening and working with AFP files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AFP files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download FileProtector and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit FileProtector website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of FileProtector and update if needed

Update software that support file extension AFPIf the problems with opening AFP files still occur even after installing FileProtector, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of FileProtector is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that FileProtector cannot handle files with AFP may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using FileProtector.

Step 3. Assign FileProtector to AFP files

After installing FileProtector (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open AFP files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with AFP file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the AFP with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where FileProtector is installed, check the Always use this app to open AFP files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with AFP file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected AFP file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select FileProtector and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with AFP extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the AFP is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper AFP file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check AFP file for viruses
1. Check the AFP file for viruses or malware

If the AFP is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. AFP file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the AFP file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with AFP extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the FileProtector Encrypted Format file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run FileProtector

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with AFP extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with FileProtector Encrypted Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle AFP files.

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