File Type Program Information File IconProgram Information File
File Format Standard (developed by Microsoft & IBM)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ☆ ☆  Uncommon

Contains information used by Windows to run a certain program, including the path for the .EXE file, how much memory to use, and what size the program's window should be.

Originally used by MS-DOS programs. Can serve as a shortcut to an executable file, much like a .LNK file. Microsoft Windows analyzes PIF files with the ShellExecute function and can run them as executable programs.

Do not open a PIF file sent as an e-mail attachment, as it can be used to transmit viruses or other harmful scripts.

Open With

IconMicrosoft Windows

Updated August 22, 2013
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference