Solved File Association Manager???


wb0ldj

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If I try to click to open a file with an unknown extension, I typically get a message that says "Download and install the latest version of File Association Manager?"

If I click on the "yes" box, I get sent off to an unknown site that tries to install a program "installer.exe" from an unknown source.

Is there really a problem with my copy of File Association Manager, or is this just one of those links that I really don't want to follow?

I don't see anything on the Microsoft web site download directory about an updated version.

Back on my old Win 7 machine (yeah, I know!), I just got a list of apps to pick from to try to open the file. Now I have to go through two or three windows to choose something like Notepad to see the contents of the file.

Your expertise is needed and appreciated.

Thanks!
Mike Harmon
 
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Window 11 normally behaves pretty much like Windows 7 when you open a file with an unknown extension.

As far as I know, there is no "File Association Manager" in Windows 11. A quick Web search shows at least one utility with that name. If such a utility is present, I'd uninstall it. If some other third-party utility is "helping" you by trying to get you to install File Association Manager, I'd uninstall that.

You may choose to do otherwise, of course.
 

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I agree. There is no such app by that name as part of Windows. In Windows, file associations for different file types are set within settings-apps-default apps by file type-Sounds like you have acquired a piece of malware, or at the very least a very undesirable program. Run Malwarebytes to see if it locates the program. If it does quarantine or uninstall it.
 

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I had a sneaky feeling that that "link" to download the "latest" version of File Association Manager was a hoax -- that's the reason I never followed it all the way to the download process. It just was a little too wonky considering that the download was coming from an unknown source. I was a security admin in my prior life, and I'm pretty paranoid about Mystery Sources.

Mike, WB0LDJ
 

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