What is a .PCTL File And How To Open It – Kaspersky Lab (Easy Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .pctl extension, but you have never seen this extension before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .pctl file extension and how to open it.

What is a .PCTL file?

The .PCTL file extension is Kaspersky Parental Control Settings File. The developer of this file extension is Kaspersky Lab. The format of this settings related file is binary.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .pctl file on 1 platform.

How to open a .PCTL file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .PCTL file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .PCTL file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .pctl file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Kaspersky Internet Security software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PCTL file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Kaspersky Internet Security software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .PCTL file?

If you are still unable to open the .PCTL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PCTL file.pcv – MozBackup, .pcx – ZSoft, .pd – SA International, .pd – Electronic Arts, .pd4 – Microsoft. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .PCTL file with the Kaspersky Internet Security program on Windows.