AXX File Extension

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AxCrypt Encrypted Format
  • Developer
    Axantum Software
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    3.1 (12 votes)

What is AXX file?

Files with AXX extension are used by AxCrypt, an open-source file encryption tool available for Windows systems. AXX file is an archive that stores encrypted and password-protected files.

Encryption as means of securing files

AXX format used AES encryption algorithm. In order to an encrypted AXX archive, a password and (optional) key file is needed. AXX files can be used therefore for secure distribution of attachments via email. AXX files can also be used as secure data archives.

Programs which support AXX file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support AXX files. Files with AXX 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 AXX file

Windows Windows

Updated: 02/11/2020

How to open file with AXX extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening AXX files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to AxCrypt Encrypted Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with AXX files.

Step 1. Get the AxCrypt

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports AXX files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install AxCrypt. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading AxCrypt installed is by going to developer’s website (Axantum Software AB) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of AxCrypt

You still cannot access AXX files although AxCrypt is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why AXX files are not compatible with AxCrypt. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using AxCrypt.

Step 3. Set the default application to open AXX files to AxCrypt

If you have the latest version of AxCrypt installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage AXX on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the AXX with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the AxCrypt installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open AXX files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with AXX extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with AXX extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the AXX file is complete and free of errors

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 AXX file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. The AXX may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the AXX is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the AXX file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the AXX file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If the AXX file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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. When downloading the file with AXX extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

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

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with AxCrypt Encrypted Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle AXX files.

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