Files that contain the extension XEX are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The most common association is Xbox 360, but the extension can also be related to XeX or an EXE file extension that has been renamed. XEX files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.
If the file extension XEX is associated with Xbox360, it is a game file type that contains data for updating the Xbox 360 gaming console. The extension is typically seen in Xbox 360 files as default.XEX and provides information on updating the gaming console.
XEX files that are created with the XeX program are a text file type that contains text, images, graphics, hyperlinks, HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) code, and other elements that are used to construct a website. XeX is prepackaged software produced by XeX Solutions and is used to build and launch websites.
The extension can also be used to disguise malware that typically contains an EXE extension. Malware installs itself on your PC by running an executable file but may disguise itself in the Task Manager as an XEX file to prevent you from identifying its presence.
How to Open XEX Files
If you are certain the XEX file extension is not associated with a malware program, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. XEX files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a needed program.
If the XEX file is related to Xbox 360, you can open it by running Xbox 360 in the Windows operating system. The XEX file extension requires Xbox 360 since there is not an emulator application available for opening games that are designed to be used with Xbox 360.
XEX files that are created with the XeX web solutions application can be opened using XeX, which is available for download or as a prepackaged solution on the XeX website. XeX Solutions is a web application company based in Canada.
If the file extension XEX appears to be an unknown file type and is not associated with any of the programs mentioned above, it is wise to delete the file from your operating system.
Although you may have an antivirus/anti-malware program installed, sometimes programmers are crafty and are able to design malware so it slips by your protection programs. Then they hide the presence of the malware by changing the extension to something that may resemble the real extension.
One of the ways you may be able to find a malicious XEX file is by opening the Task Manager and examining the applications which are running on your PC. Just right click on the main toolbar in Windows and choose Task Manager from the menu. Click on the Processes tab to review what programs are currently running on your PC.