APE File Extension

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AVS Plugin Effects Format
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What is APE file?

APE is a file extension commonly associated with AVS Plugin Effects Format files. AVS Plugin Effects Format format was developed by Nullsoft. APE files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. APE file format, along with 140 other file formats, belongs to the Plugin Files category. The software recommended for managing APE files is Winamp. Software named Winamp was created by Radionomy. In order to find more detailed information on the software and APE files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support APE file extension

Programs that can handle APE files are as follows. Files with APE suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support APE file

Windows Windows

How to open file with APE extension?

Problems with accessing APE may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with APE files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with APE files.

Step 1. Get the Winamp

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports APE files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Winamp and install it on your device. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support APE files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Winamp installed is by going to developer’s website (Radionomy) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Winamp to the latest version

You still cannot access APE files although Winamp is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why APE files are not compatible with Winamp. The latest version of Winamp should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open APE files to Winamp

After installing Winamp (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open APE files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the APE 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
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Winamp is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open APE files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with APE extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Winamp and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with APE extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the APE is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the APE file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Verify that the APE in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the APE file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. APE file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the APE file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic APE file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with APE extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Winamp

If the systems has insufficient resources to open APE files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with AVS Plugin Effects Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with APE files affecting older versions of given software.

Conversion of a APE file

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