How to fix “format Error: not a PDF or corrupted”

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Two days back, I have received an email with PDF file attachment. When I tried to open PDF file, it shows an error message which says: "format error: not a PDF or corrupted" I was surprised to see such error message and thought hope it was not a virus file as attached PDF. Immediately I have called to my friend who is expert in handling PDF file error matters. My friend suggested me it may not be virus file. It could be possible that PDF file got corrupted so he suggested me to open PDF file in foxit PDF reader which is an alternative of adobe reader then I install the foxit pdf reader, & try to open "corrupt" pdf files. When I tried to open it in foxit reader, again it shows same error message.

Software/Hardware used:
Microsoft Windows 7, Adobe PDF Reader

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Most probably reason the file is got corrupt due to virus. For this I would like to suggest you a third party tool which will help you to recover your corrupted PDF file data and it will export into a fresh PDF file. Tool Name: Recovery Toolbox for PDF http://www.pdf.recoverytoolbox.com/

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  • carlosdl
    It might in fact be corrupt.

    The easiest thing to try would be asking the sender to send the file again (and also, ask them to try to open it themselves, before re-sending it, to confirm it was generated correctly).
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  • madashell1234
    Reply.
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    A reply in Plural.

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  • edwinjhoffer
    Hello madashell,

    Most probably reason the file is got corrupt due to virus. For this I would like to suggest you a third party tool which will help you to recover your corrupted PDF file data and it will export into a fresh PDF file.

    Tool Name: SysTools PDF Recovery
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Almost same Q was attended here, please navigate to get more info:
    http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/pdf-files-2/
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  • edwinjhoffer
    I don't think that this question match with your link question :/
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  • ganzstrike
    Most probably reason the file is got corrupt due to virus. For this I would like to suggest you a third party tool which will help you to recover your corrupted PDF file data and it will export into a fresh PDF file. Tool Name: Recovery Toolbox for PDF http://www.pdf.recoverytoolbox.com/
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  • edwinjhoffer
    There are many reasons behind PDF file corruption, I am using PDFWARE PDF Recovery Software, that always helps me to recover damaged PDF Files. I would recommond this to you.

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  • absorber
    i had the same problem.. thats annoying 
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