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How to Read a PFX File

Updated July 19, 2017

A PFX file is a digital certificate that's used to determine whether a device like a computer or Web server is authentic, that is, whether it is what it says it is. You can open a PFX file with the native program Microsoft Certificate Manager. This program is already installed on Windows computers, so you won't have to download anything new to use it.

Click "Start" in Windows.

Type "certmgr.msc" into the search box and press "Enter" to bring it up.

Double-click on the PFX file in the Certificate Manager to open it.

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Mitchell White has been writing about fighting spyware, malware and other computer hardships for various websites since 2009. His work also includes research and articles on scientific and medical topics. White holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a specialty in writing, from Messiah College.