File Extension LNK

File type: Link Files

About the LNK file type:

Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC. It is highly recommended to scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other slowdown issues.

These files are shortcuts or "links" to original files on the hard drive disk. They are similar to aliases used on the popular Macintosh platform. These may also be created in Windows simply by right-clicking any file and clicking on the option "Create Shortcut." If the LNK file is used as a shortcut to an application or program (an .EXE file), it can also contain command line arguments for the program which it can use to set attributes. One can right-click on the shortcut or link file then select the "Properties", option and then modify the field "Target". The LNK file's icon usually includes small curled arrows on the bottom left side in order to give an indication that these files only point to another location or that it is just a link to another file in the hard disk drive and not the file itself. Double Clicking the file would execute the actual file that this link file refers to and will run that program. Links are usually very useful since they allow easy access to programs which may be installed in complex and hard to remember locations in your operating systems directories. The various icons that you see on the desktop in an Windows Operating System are all such links which only refer to the actual programs they run on double clicking. They aren't the actual EXE files that execute and make running programs a lot easier from anywhere the user wants.

Detailed information for file extension LNK

Category: Data File.
File format: Open Standard
Open with Windows: Used by the Microsoft Windows operating system
Open with Linux:
Link files, however convenient for users, pose a potential threat to them. Link files can be made to point to any program on the hard disk and its icon can be changed to that of any other program, so faking the user into thinking that the link will be executing the application it intends to but actually runs the program that the attacker or hacker intended it to run and could cause potential damage as well as loss of data to the user. When you bring your mouse over the image of the link it generally displays the location of the actual file it refers and that can be used as a guidance and to ensure that no link refers to anything that you wouldn't want to execute and thus you can keep yourself safe.