.ASC File Extension

File Type:
PGP ASCII Armored File

Having trouble opening .asc extension? Don't panic! This page explains what asc files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open asc files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is an ASC file?

Asc file extension has PGP ASCII Armored file type, developed by PGP, which is associated with the "encoded files" category.

Used by Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), an encryption program, the file stores a digitally-signed message as well as text-written data. The armored file may as well contain binary information, which is encoded as plain text, and a key that can be verified via PGP authentication methods, which is saved as signed text.

.ASC files are typically used for providing online security notices and ensuring security when sending via email or text. Due to binary data saved as text, .ASC files may be larger than pre-encoded files.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
PGP ASCII Armored File
Encoded Files

How to open ASC file?

Double click the asc file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .asc extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the asc extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the asc file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open ASC files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the asc file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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