SOLVED: File is Damaged and Could Not Be Repaired

Adobe is the creator of PDF (Portable Document Format). As the name depicts, it is one of the best file formats to import and export documents. PDF is compatible on all kinds of Desktop OS whether it is Windows, Linux or Mac OSX.

Although, PDF is recognized as a secure document but it can be corrupted by external viruses as well as internal threats resulting in an error called File is Damaged and Could Not be Repaired. This error makes the PDF files inaccessible by prompting the users with a dialogue box.

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Reasons Behind the Error File is Damaged and Could Not Be Repaired:

There could be a number of reasons behind the corruption of a PDF file. To resolve this issue, you need to have a bit of knowledge about the things causing this error. The causes of PDF corruption are listed below:

  • The first reason can be during the download process of the PDF file. It can get corrupted by a simple interruption in the download. Sometimes, if you resume the downloading of a PDF file, it can be damaged resulting in this error.
  • Another major reason which is said to be the most haunting one is IE (internet explorer) inside the Windows.
  • PDF file can also be influenced by a system which is infected by viruses and malwares. These malicious files can damage the structure of the PDF file.
  • It can also happen by improper shutdown of a system where that particular PDF file was opened.

Solutions to Get Rid of this Error:

Solutions of this error are available in numbers. So, we are mentioning a few methods which seem to be working fine.

Method # 1:

The first and the most successful method of getting rid of this error is to clear all temporary files after closing the browser. In this way, it will clear all the malfunctioning files causing issues inside the structure of the PDF.

You can make this clearing process to happen at each browser exit. Follow this to get it done every time you exit the browser. Go to the Control Panel > Internet Options (a new tabbed window will appear) > advanced (tab) and then scroll down to Security field and check the box labeled as Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed. After checking the box, click on Apply and then OK. Restart the PC and you would definitely be on the way to open the corrupted PDF file.

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Method # 2:

The second method is a simple one and it involves downloading the PDF file again from the source. For this purpose, just remove the infected file from the system and download it again. Try opening this file again with the reader and it would solve the issue.

Method # 3:

If both of the above mentioned methods don’t work, then try uninstalling the PDF reader currently installed on your PC. Download and install a different PDF reader like Nitro PDF Reader, Foxit Reader etc. On a number of occasions, this method has helped the users. To uninstall the PDF reader, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and find the reader installed. Double click on the reader and follow the steps to uninstall it.

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SOLVED: File is Damaged and Could Not Be Repaired

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