ICQ File Extension

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ICQ Archive
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What is ICQ file?

ICQ is a file extension commonly associated with ICQ Archive files. ICQ LLC defined the ICQ Archive format standard. ICQ file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. ICQ file format, along with 4344 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. ICQ is by far the most used program for working with ICQ files. On the official website of ICQ LLC developer not only will you find detailed information about theICQ software, but also about ICQ and other supported file formats.

Programs which support ICQ file extension

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

Windows Windows

How to open file with ICQ extension?

Being unable to open files with ICQ extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with ICQ files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install ICQ software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ICQ files is that no program that can handle ICQ files is installed on user’s system. To address this issue, go to the ICQ developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ICQ 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 ICQ website and download the installer.

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

If the problems with opening ICQ files still occur even after installing ICQ, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of ICQ is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of ICQ installed, it may not support ICQ format. The most recent version of ICQ is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign ICQ to ICQ files

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

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the ICQ file and choose 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 ICQ is installed, check the Always use this app to open ICQ files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the ICQ file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with ICQ extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the ICQ for errors

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

1. Check the ICQ file for viruses or malware

If the ICQ is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the ICQ file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. ICQ file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the ICQ file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with ICQ extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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

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

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open ICQ

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with ICQ Archive file. It may be the case that the ICQ files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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