Ever Heard of Dot LIC File Extension?

September 8, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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Dealing with various types of software everyday definitely exposed me to many different types of files and its corresponding extensions.

Today, let me introduce you to something new which will give you an idea how sharewares and other commercial software programs use file extensions for their licenses.

Most of us who uses licensed software may not be aware that the moment we register the software we bought to the manufacturer, a .lic file extension is created which contains all the registration information. File extensions ending in .lic are sometimes written in text file but may also be encrypted.

Various programs use this file extension so the best way to recognize them is to determine their location including the date and time it was made in order to track which programs were running when the file was written.

Aside from distinguishing dot lic files as software licenses, the same extension is also used to designate Borland license files, ESET NOD32 Antivirus license files, FLEXnet Manager license files, and PETRA Log Image Calibration files.

If you ever run into LIC files, don’t fret because you only need to open it with your text editor like Notepad, WordPad or any third party text editor and you’re good to go.

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  1. Aymen says:

    thanks it is really a new term to me,
    If they can open it with a notepad,so where is the security in that?
    i mean they use it for license and stuff right?
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  2. Mathdelane says:

    I wasn’t sure if that’s your real name but anyway since you’ve asked, .lic files are not like ordinary files wherein you can see what’s inside when you open it with a compatible program like Notepad. These are encrypted files wherein the product key for a particular software are enclosed. You cannot use these types of files for anything which isn’t specific to some parameters because they are controlled by software developers/distributors.

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