To protect against viruses, trojan horses, and worms masquerading as a harmless
file type, you need to be able to see your filename extensions
(.exe, .gif, and so on). Trojan/worms such as SirCam has been
transmitted to people this way.
Extension Manager allows you hide and unhide file extensions,
including those extensions that are usually only viewable by
tweaking the Registry.
Extension Manager lists seven (7) of the most commonly viewed
used file extension, including extensions like .PIF, .SHS and .LNK.
Even though you might have unmarked Hide file extensions for
known file types in the Folder Options of Windows Explorer,
there are still a handful of file extensions that don't show up.
Purpose of Extension Manager
The purpose of Extension Manager is to make it easier for you to make file
extensions that Microsoft forces to be Never Shown to be visible without
wading through the System Registry yourself. If you're familiar with the
Registry and you know where to make the appropriate changes, you don't
need my program. However, if you make changes to the wrong Registry settings,
you could inadvertantly mess up you system in ways that even super PC technicians
might not be able to figure out.
When you launch Extension Manager, it scans your Windows System
Registry (Registry) for 7 specific file types (LNK, URL, SHS, SHB,
PIF, SCF, and SCT). These file types were set to have their file
extensions to never be shown in Windows Explorer
even if you set Windows Explorer to show all known file types.
By default, Windows sets these 7 file types to never be displayed.
This is done by setting the property key NeverShowExt to
the file type. To make Windows Explorer
show any one of these file types, you need to assign the property
key AlwaysShowExt to the file type and remove the NeverShowExt
property key. If by some chance both property keys NeverShowExt and AlwaysShowExt
are still assigned to
the file type, the NeverShowExt property key takes precedence.
This program is designed to run on any version of Windows 9x/Me and Windows NT/2000/XP.
If you're using Win9x or WinNT, you might get the following installation error message:
This installation package cannot be installed by the Windows Installer Service. You must install a
Windows service pack that contains a newer version of the Windows Installer service.
If you receive this message, its because you don't have the Windows Installer Service installed
on your system, which is now included in WinMe, Win2000, and WinXP. To install the Windows Installer
Service on your system, use the following programs:
This program is freeware/donationware. You are free to use this program on as many
computers as you want without the worry that the software police will come knocking on
your door for a registration fee. So I can offer you Extension Manager for FREE, if
you feel the utility is useful then pay me what YOU think it's worth!