(PRWEB) February 27, 2013
File extension APP, EXE, GADGET, and QIT are categorized as an executable file type. Executable files run code which assists with software installations as soon as a file is opened. Taking into account that executable files are also used to store malicious code or to commit criminal acts, Avanquest recently published the recommendations on how to open EXE, APP, GADGET, and QIT file extensions in a secure manner.
File extension EXE is an executable which runs when the file is clicked on in the Windows operating system. The file contains code that is used with Windows Installer, which is a Microsoft application used to install Windows applications. EXE files associated with Windows can also be created in a compressed archive format which self-extracts the file contents to a specific location in the Windows operating system. File extension EXE cannot be used with Mac OSX unless an emulation software application is used.
File extension APP is an executable file type which is used to launch a variety of applications on Mac OS X, automate processes created by Visual FoxPro, and execute software programs designed for SymbianOS which is an operating system used with Nokia mobile devices. APP executable files contain data and code associated with the corresponding application it is created for.
File extension GADGET stores executable code which is used for gadgets such as news feeds, gaming programs, search widgets, and other gadgets which are used with the Windows operating system. GADGET files are typically web-based and are stored in a compressed file format. The files are typically located in in the Gadget folder of the Windows Sidebar utility.
File extension QIT is widely known as a Trojan horse which contains executable code that is created by hackers for the purpose of infecting the Windows operating system. QIT files are also known as a Backdoor.QIT, which is a malicious file inserted into the operating system through an unused port or other open area. The QIT file then hides in the operating system for the purpose of gaining unauthorized control over a computer. A QIT file should never be opened manually and should be removed from the operating system as soon as it is discovered.
File Extension APP, EXE, GADGET, and QIT Software
Caution should always be used before opening an executable file especially if the origin of the file is uncertain. Uncertain executables can enter a computer via an email attachment, though clicking on a website component, or without the PC user’s knowledge as in the case of file extension QIT. That said APP, EXE, and GADGET files which originate from a trustworthy source can be opened using a variety of software applications.
Microsoft Windows: File extension GADGET and file extension EXE should be opened using the Windows operating system and the application which is directly associated with the file. GADGET files are commonly downloaded from the Internet and can include data associated with web file types such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), files for installing news feeds, Java files, and other web-based content. The content is executed to the appropriate web application when GADGET files are opened in Windows. File extension EXE can be opened in Windows simply by double clicking on the file associated with the program that created it.
WinZip: Corel WinZip is a compression utility application that will open and extract compressed files contained in file extension GADGET. The GADGET file extension should be changed to a ZIP extension to enable the file to be opened with WinZip. This can be accomplished by right clicking on the GADGET file and then choosing Rename from the drop down menu. When the command prompt appears simply change the file extension to .ZIP. Corel WinZip is available in an unpaid trial version on the WinZip website.
CrossOver: CodeWeavers CrossOver is a software application which provides a way to use Windows applications on other operating systems. CrossOver will open file extension EXE which is otherwise only accessible on a Windows-based PC. CrossOver is available in a trial version on the CodeWeavers website and is compatible with Mac OS X and the Linux operating system.
VM VirtualBox: Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open source virtualization software application for x86 hardware and will open file extension EXE. VirtualBox is available as an unpaid download under the GNU General Public License version 2 and will run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD operating systems.
Visual FoxPro 9.0: Microsoft Visual FoxPro is a software development application which creates programs that contain file extension APP. Visual FoxPro 9.0 will open file extension APP and is designed for use with the Windows operating system. Visual FoxPro is available on the Microsoft Developer Center website.
Carbide C++: Nokia Carbide C++ is a developer application which provides tools for creating software for Symbian OS installed on Nokia devices. Carbide C++ will open file extension APP and is available for download on the Nokia Developer website. Carbide C++ is designed for use with the Windows operating system.
Nokia rcomp: File extension APP can be opened using Nokia rcomp, which is a resource compiler used for the development of software applications for SymbianOS. Nokia rcomp is available on the Nokia Developer website and is compatible with the Windows operating system.
These are a few of the software applications recommended by Avanquest for opening file extension APP, EXE, and GADGET. Further research on developer applications will reveal additional programs that can be used to open these file extensions as well.