GCA File Extension

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GCA Format Archive
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What is GCA file?

GCA is a file extension commonly associated with GCA Format Archive files. GCA files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with GCA extension are categorized as Compressed Files files. The Compressed Files subset comprises 189 various file formats. DGCA supports GCA files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used.

Programs which support GCA file extension

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

Programs that support GCA file

How to open file with GCA extension?

Being unable to open files with GCA extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with GCA extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with GCA files.

Step 1. Download and install DGCA

Problems with opening and working with GCA files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with GCA files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select DGCA or one of the recommended programs (for example, IZArc, ZipZag) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download DGCA installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

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

If you already have DGCA installed on your systems and GCA files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of DGCA installed, it may not support GCA format. The latest version of DGCA should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open GCA files to DGCA

After installing DGCA (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open GCA files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the GCA 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 DGCA is installed, check the Always use this app to open GCA files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the GCA file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with GCA extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the GCA for 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 GCA file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the GCA file for viruses or malware

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

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

If you obtained the problematic GCA file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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 GCA extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the GCA Format Archive file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle DGCA

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support GCA files. Close all running programs and try opening the GCA file.

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

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

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