A file whose name ends in “.exe” is really a program that when opened causes the operating system to run the program. Users who receive an .exe file as an e-mail attachment should always be sure that the file comes from a trusted source and does not contain a virus.

Common EXE Filenames

Setup.exe – A very common name for software program installers. When opened, it starts the installation process.

Install.exe – Another popular name for software installers.

cmd.exe – The Shell program used by Windows 2000 and later, replacing the COMMAND.COM shell.

EXE files are typically legitimate Windows applications, but they may also be used for distributing and executing malware attacks on victims’ computers. To protect against malicious Windows executable attacks, never double-click an EXE file you have downloaded or received via an email attachment unless you can verify the legitimacy of the source.

Programs that open EXE files


🌀 Files with the EXE extension are executable files intended for use within Windows or MS-DOS. You can’t make all EXE files work on an Android. However, many older DOS-based EXE files can be opened with the DOS emulator DOSBox.

♦️ Step 1
Install a DOSBox app on your Android device. AnDOSBox, aDosBox and DosBox Turbo are three different DOSBox apps available from the Google Play store.

♦️ Step 2
Open the DOSBox app.

♦️ Step 3
Type “cd \foldername” into the command line, where “foldername” denotes the folder in which your EXE is contained. For example, if your EXE is in the Download folder, type “cd \download.”

♦️ Step 4
Click Enter on your Android keyboard.

♦️ Step 5
Enter the name of the EXE file. You do not need to enter the .exe extension.

♦️ Step 6
Tap “Enter” on your Android keyboard.