Executable File Formats

An executable file is one that contains code which will run automatically when the file is opened. What this means is that the file executes (carries out, not kills) whatever set of instructions it was programmed to complete. This makes executable files ideal for deploying spyware or other malware as it requires the user simply to double-click on it to activate the malicious code contained within.

Extension File Description
.js JScript Executable Script
.0xe F-Secure Renamed Virus File
.ac Autoconf Script
.cmd Windows Command File
.scar SCAR Script
.widget Microsoft Windows Mobile Widget
.celx Celestia Script
.gadget Windows Gadget
.ahk AutoHotkey Script
.cof MPLAB COFF File
.icd SafeDisc Encrypted Program
.exe Windows Executable File
.widget Yahoo! Widget
.com DOS Command File
.run Linux Executable File
.apk Android Package File
.73k TI-73 Application
.jar Java Archive File
.pif Program Information File
.ps1 Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
.isu InstallShield Uninstaller Script
.mrp Mobile Application File
.ear Java Enterprise Archive File
.cgi Common Gateway Interface Script
.ipa iOS Application
.scr Script File
.vb VBScript File
.rxe Lego Mindstorms NXT Executable Program
.air Adobe AIR Installation Package
.bin Generic Binary Executable File
.xap Silverlight Application Package
.cel Celestia Script File
.mel Maya Embedded Language File
.xbap XAML Browser Application File
.a6p Authorware 6 Program
.csh C Shell Script
.dld EdLog Compiled Program
.ebs2 E-Run 2.0 Script File
.fas Compiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.hms HostMonitor Script File
.mcr 3ds Max Macroscript File
.ms Maxwell Script
.qit QIT Trojan Horse File
.rgs Registry Script
.ex_ Renamed Windows Executable File
.bin Unix Executable File
.fxp FoxPro Compiled Program
.paf.exe PortableApps.com Program File
.ws Windows Script
.phar PHP Archive
.prg Program File
.command Terminal Command File
.hta HTML Application
.mm NeXtMidas Macro File
.prc Palm Resource Code File
.exe1 Renamed EXE File
.ecf SageCRM Component File
.app Mac OS X Application
.ebm EXTRA! Basic Macro
.nexe Chrome Native Client Executable
.pyo Python Optimized Code
.gs Geosoft Script
.app Symbian OS Application
.applescript AppleScript File
.elf Nintendo Wii Game File
.ex4 MetaTrader Program File
.scb Scala Published Script
.zl9 ZoneAlarm Quarantined EXE File
.pyc Python Compiled File
.bat DOS Batch File
.wsf Windows Script File
.exe PortableApps.com Application
.sbs SPSS Script
.scpt AppleScript Script File
.script Generic Script File
.e_e Renamed EXE File
.m3g Mobile 3D Graphics Program
.mcr Tecplot Macro
.rbx Rembo-C Compiled Script
.rpj Real Pac Batch Job File
.sct Windows Scriptlet
.upx Ultimate Packer for eXecutables File
.vexe Virus Executable File
.vxp Mobile Application File
.plsc Messenger Plus! Live Script File
.x86 Linux Executable File
.coffee CoffeeScript JavaScript File
.paf Portable Application Installer File
.vbs VBScript File
.iim iMacro Macro File
.89k TI-89 Application
.a7r Authorware 7 Runtime File
.acr ACRobot Script
.action Automator Action
.azw2 Kindle Active Content App File
.beam Compiled Erlang File
.btm 4DOS Batch File
.fky FoxPro Macro
.fpi FPS Creator Intelligence Script
.frs Flash Renamer Script
.gpe GP2X Video Game
.gpu GP2X Utility Program
.ipf SMS Installer Script
.jse JScript Encoded File
.jsx ExtendScript Script File
.kix KiXtart Script File
.ls LightWave LScript File
.mio MioEngine Application File
.mpx FoxPro Compiled Menu Program
.mrc mIRC Script File
.msl Magick Scripting Language File
.mxe Macro Express Playable Macro
.otm Outlook Macro File
.pex ProBoard Executable File
.pwc PictureTaker File
.rfu Remote Firmware Update
.rox Actuate Report Object Executable File
.sca Scala Script File
.scptd AppleScript Script Bundle
.seed Linux Preseed File
.u3p U3 Smart Application
.vbe VBScript Encoded Script File
.vbscript Visual Basic Script
.vdo Heathen Virus File
.vlx Compiled AutoLISP File
.wcm WordPerfect Macro
.workflow Automator Workflow
.wpm WordPerfect Macro File
.wsh Windows Script Host Settings
.xlm Excel Macro
.xqt SuperCalc Macro File
.xys XYplorer Script File
.n Neko Bytecode File
.shb Windows Document Shortcut
.ba_ Renamed BAT File
.ds TWAIN Data Source
.osx PowerPC Executable File
.ex_ Compressed Executable File
.thm Thermwood Macro File
.app FoxPro Generated Application
.ms 3ds Max Script File
.wiz Microsoft Wizard File
.ksh Unix Korn Shell Script
.eham ExtraHAM Executable File
.tms Telemate Script
.mem Macro Editor Macro
.out Compiled Executable File
.plx Perl Executable File
.actm AutoCAD Action Macro File
.arscript ArtRage Script
.asb Alphacam Stone VB Macro File
.dxl Rational DOORS Script
.ebs E-Run 1.x Script
.es SageCRM Script File
.exopc ExoPC Application
.ezt EZT Malicious Worm File
.fas QuickSilver Fast Save Lisp File
.ita VTech InnoTab Application File
.mam Microsoft Access Macro
.qpx FoxPro Compiled Query Program
.vpm Vox Proxy Macro File
.tcp Tally Compiled Program File
.spr FoxPro Generated Screen File
.acc GEM Accessory File
.caction Automator Converter Action
.cyw Rbot.CYW Worm File
.dek Eavesdropper Batch File
.dmc Medical Manager Script
.esh Extended Shell Batch File
.ezs EZ-R Stats Batch Script
.ham HAM Executable File
.hpf HP9100A Program File
.lo Interleaf Compiled Lisp File
.ore Ore Executable File
.prg GEM Application
.pvd Instalit Script
.s2a SEAL2 Application
.smm Ami Pro Macro
.udf Excel User Defined Function
.wpk WordPerfect Macro
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Ben Potgieter

Ben is not only the webmaster of the Intertel Group's various websites, he is also a master developer fluent in C++, Java, PHP, JS, VBScript, HTML, CSS, Python and Perl. He has been involved in various development projects, including CyberSpy and CyberSentry.
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