A zix file extension is associated with the WinZix compression software with full of adds. A zix file stores supposedly compressed data with bothersome adds.

There are 3 other file types using
the ZIX file extension!

zix icon.zix - Quicken encrypted data

empty icon.zix - Caml Light debugger data

empty icon.zix - ZixCorp encrypted data

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ZIX file extension - WinZix compressed archive

What is zix file? How to open zix files?

File type specification:

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The zix file extension is used for a potentially dangerous pseudo-archive file associated with highly suspicious adware program called WinZix.

These files are often found inside RAR or ZIP files downloaded from torrents with readme file that point to download and install WinZix to open these "archives".

While ZIX "archives" are mostly (not always!) virus-free, WinZiX is adware program, it may open *.zix files, but infest your computer with various adware in the process (such as pop-up windows) that generate revenue for the author of the program. If that wasn't enough, ZIX "format" does not use any compression method at all, so it is USELESS.

By installing WinZix, you install a file named WinZixManager.dll, that can't be deleted and will remain despite uninstalling the program. It will also install some viruses known as WinZix A,  WinZix B, WinZix C and WinZix D.

More so If you carefully read the EULA (End-User Licences Aggreement) of WinZix, you will realize that by installing their software, you are giving them legal permission to do whatever they want to your computer.

Some antivirus/firewall programs like avast! even block directly the website in your browser.

Your best bet is to avoid *.zix files from torrents, or if you are really desperate to get the contents out of these archive, you could try UnZixHTA program created by Andrew Urquhart which should extract the original files out of ZIX archive.

‚ÄčSome other programs are using ZIX file extensions as well. However, these are not in any way related to WinZix adware.

This zix file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: May 14, 2021

The default software associated to open zix file:

WinZix  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
WinZix Inc.

WinZix is dangerous adware and malware program that claims to be superior compression utility but in reality is a way to distribute adware/malware/trojans and other malicious stuff.


Help how to open:

unZixHTA program should be able to open and extract .zix files without the need to install WinZix Adware.

UnZixWin program may achieve the same.

How to convert:

You have to extract the *.zix archives with the UnZixWin software before you can convert the data.

Related links:

Detailed info about the ZIX format

List of software applications associated to the .zix file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open zix file, edit zix file, convert zix file, view zix file, play zix file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting zix files.

Software that open zix file - WinZix compressed archive

Programs supporting the exension zix on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open zix file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with zix file by default:
Other suggested software:
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