DB- File Extension

DB- file icon
Norton Nprotect Database Format
  • Developer
    Symantec
  • Popularity
    4.1 (7 votes)

What is DB- file?

Although .DB- is not that rare to find in a system, they are not meant for you to explore or open. It’s a database file generated by the Norton Nprotect software. These files are totally classified and are only for the software itself to use. If you are in need to recover any kind of file that you accidentally deleted, then these .DB- files will be used by Norton to recover your lost files. You can only utilize these files if you have Utility Software from Norton, otherwise you cannot open or view these files at will. 

Programs which support DB- file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support DB- files. DB- files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support DB- file

How to open file with DB- extension?

Being unable to open files with DB- extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with DB- files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Norton Utilities

Problems with opening and working with DB- files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with DB- files being present on your machine. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Norton Utilities. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support DB- files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Norton Utilities installed is by going to developer’s website (Symantec Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Norton Utilities to the latest version

You still cannot access DB- files although Norton Utilities 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. If you have an older version of Norton Utilities installed, it may not support DB- format. The most recent version of Norton Utilities is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open DB- files to Norton Utilities

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate DB- files with latest version of Norton Utilities you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the DB- file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Norton Utilities is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open DB- files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DB- file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with DB- extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the DB- file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the DB- file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the DB- is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the DB- file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with DB- extension is complete and error-free

If the DB- file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the DB- file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Norton Nprotect Database Format file again.

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

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

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Norton Nprotect Database Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with DB- files affecting older versions of given software.

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