HQX File Extension

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BinHex 4.0 Encoded Format

What is HQX file?

Macintosh BinHex 4 Compressed Archive files posses the .HQX file extensions. Such files consist of details that have been compressed into 7-bit binary text format from an 8-bit format. 

This file format was originated so that both forks of the MAC files can be easily combined into a single file. This makes it extremely easy to transfer large sized documents, images and multimedia files over the Internet.

The .HQX extension was originally developed for Mac systems and this type of file format is not compatible with Windows operating system. The files can be easily identified by the message that is placed in the very first line.

Programs which support HQX file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support HQX files. HQX files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support HQX file

How to open file with HQX extension?

Problems with accessing HQX may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with HQX 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 HQX files.

Step 1. Get the WinZip

Problems with opening and working with HQX files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with HQX files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select WinZip or one of the recommended programs (for example, ALZip, MacDisk, MacImage) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support HQX files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit WinZip website and download the installer.

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

If the problems with opening HQX files still occur even after installing WinZip, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of WinZip is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that WinZip cannot handle files with HQX may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of WinZip should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign WinZip to HQX files

If you have the latest version of WinZip installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage HQX on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the HQX file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the WinZip installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open HQX files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the HQX file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select WinZip and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with HQX extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the HQX 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 HQX file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the HQX file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the HQX 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. HQX file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic HQX 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. When downloading the file with HQX extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the BinHex 4.0 Encoded Format file.

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

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

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 BinHex 4.0 Encoded Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle HQX files.

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