HEREFile Extension .VIR Information


File Type Generic IconVirus-Infected File
File Format Standard (developed by Symantec)
Usage Open manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average

File infected with a computer virus that has been renamed by an antivirus software program, such as Symantec's Norton AntiVirus or Avira AntiVir; the ".vir" extension is typically appended to the filename (i.e. program.exe → program.exe.vir) to indicate the file is a virus and to prevent it from being executed.

Removing the ".vir" extension may allow you to open the file, which may also enable the virus to run. Therefore, you should not open VIR files manually. Instead, it is best to let the antivirus program locate and remove VIR files.

Open With

IconSymantec Norton Security

IconAvira AntiVir



IconSymantec Norton Security

IconShould not be opened manually

Updated June 10, 2015