Program Information File

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Program Information File

(file format)
Under Windows, a file providing information on how a non-Windows application program should be run, including how much memory should be allocated to it and what graphics interface it requires.

Filename extension: .pif
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A PIF file is a shortcut to an MS-Dos program, and running it could do horrific things to your system.
The virus is activated when the recipient double-clicks on its attachment, which masks an executable file such as a bat, com, Ink and/or pif file.
I set up a PIF file for 123 DOS so that it can be accessed directly from Windows, as it should.
Sophos is warning users to be wary of a virulent new email-aware worm, called Netsky-D (aka W32/Netsky-D), which is currently spreading via email disguised as a PIF file.
EXE immediately, Windows first looks along the search path for a WordPerfect PIF file.
It will insist on using the applications's PIF file, and if it can't find one, it will use a default PIF.
Archived PIF files is one typical way for computer viruses to distribute.
Many users who are wary of EXE and VBS files which arrive in their e-mail may not realise that PIF files are equally capable of being malicious,'' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus.
Many users who are wary of EXE and VBS files which arrive in their email may not realise that PIF files are equally capable of being malicious,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus.
Microsoft has provided PIF files for more than thirty popular programs, including Lotus 1-2-3, dBASE III Plus, WordPerfect, SideKick, and Crosstalk.