SysTools AOL PFC Viewer

PFC File Viewer to Open & Read PFC Emails

PFC Viewer box

  • Free Tool to View & Open PFC File without Aol
  • No Aol Installation Required to use standalone PFC File Viewer
  • View Internal Attachment instead of External Attachment from PFC
  • Show Preview of Internal Embedded Signature from PFC emails with its in-built Viewer

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Key Features of AOL PFC Viewer Software

preview pfc emails from AOL desktop

Preview PFC Email with Attributes

Once the application loads all the emails of PFC mail store, it will generate a preview of all the email messages present in each folder. You will get to view all the emails along with their key properties such as from, sent, to, received, subject, and size of the email in KB.


view pfc emails with attachments

View Emails Along with Attachments

The AOL PFC File Reader allows user to view the emails along with their corresponding attachments. You can select any email message that has attachments and the application will enable you to view the attachments of that specific email message.


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Show Folder Structure

The tool show the complete folder structure that PFC file contains. The email that you have sent, received, deleted or drafted would get showcase in the software with maintained folder hierarchy.


PFC File Overview

Personal Filing Cabinet (PFC) is created by your AOL Desktop Software. PFC is a filing system which organizes & stores your email on your computer's hard disk so that you can access your emails in Offline mode. But what if you login from guest account & you are unable to access Aol desktop software. In that case Free AOL PFC Viewer helps you to read PFC Mail store without Aol.

Each Username has its own Personal Filing Cabinet file in the Organize folder. Your PFC can be viewed only from PFC file reader.

Distinguishing Features of PFC File Viewer

  • Open PFC File (Mail Store) without AOL
  • Any time, Any where you can access the Aol .PFC file offline
  • AOL PFC Forensics Explorer show multiple previews of Personal Filing Cabinet

Location of Aol PFC Mail Store

The AOL desktop email application stores data from individual email messages in a binary file known as the PFC (Personal Filing Cabinet). This file is stored without any extension. In a typical Microsoft system with Windows XP version, the mail-store files are stored within the user profile following the folder structure as shown below.

For Aol 9.0 In XP

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AOL\C_AOL9.0\organize

pfc location on xp

The organized folder comprises of the mail-store data which has a structured followed by various other versions of this email client as well. In this specimen, you can observe a single screen name (this is an AOL term for a user) in use.

AOL Folder Information

For Aol 9.7 In Windows 7

C:\ProgramData\AOL\C_AOL Desktop 9.7\backup

PFC location on Windows 7

For Aol 9.7 In Windows 8

C:\ProgramData\AOL\C_AOL Desktop 9.7\backup

PFC location on Windows 8

Extended Features of AOL PFC File Viewer

  • Helps in AOL PFC Forensics Investigation
  • No need to install AOL email client
  • Oversized Compacted Personal Filing Cabinet File can also be viewed without AOL
  • Show attachment of aol Personal Filing Cabinet

Find Missing bits of your Aol Personal Filing Cabinet

The Aol PFC Viewer software show the PFC email hex structure for examining PFC File forensically with all the relevant header information.

Aol PFC Viewer Screenshots

PFC Viewer Tool
Step 1: Launch PFC File Viewer
Read PFC Email Message
Step 2: Browse PFC File
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Step 3: View Emails
preview searched mails
Step 4: View Attachment Name

Simplest Tool to Open PFC File without Aol

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Details of SysTools PFC Viewer

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Size: 7.6 MB Version: 1.0

Free Version Limitations

Free version of PFC Viewer show preview of PFC email without any charges.

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System Specifications

System Specifications
  • Hard Disk Space: 75 MB of free hard disk space

Frequently Asked Question

Frequently Asked User's Queries for Viewing PFC File without Aol

  • : Currently I am using AOL 9.0 version, when I have upgraded to the newer version of AOL the PFC is not working. I really need the 5 years of saved emails. I found the older AOL version's PFC folder but unable to see its emails. All I want is to view emails from the PFC (Personal Filing Cabinet) file & bookmark also if possible?
  • : If you have archived your AOL email into PFC then currently the software is under development. Otherwise if you have AOL Webmail i.e. if it is present on server, you can save directly emails from the AOL server through the above recommended tool.

  • : I have a file which was downloaded in PFC format, how I can open PFC file without using AOL desktop?
  • : SysTools PFC Viewer would be the best choice for viewing your email file. There is no requirement of AOL desktop application to view the PFC file

  • : When I found my PFC file, I can see my emails are stored there. To access those emails I have opened it with NotePad but they are scrambled in encoded text somewhat like 0X1 and other symbols. Currently I am Unable to access the Personal Filing Cabinet of Aol, so how can I get these old PFC's to a point where I can actually view these emails?
  • : Yes our tool is capable to open such AOL PFC email independently. As the PFC format is not limited to storage of emails only but also bookmark and contact information which includes email addresses, company information, phone numbers, street addresses, groups, and distribution lists.

  • : I want to open my AOL PFC file, so that I can view favorites from the file, but it won't open for me, is there any solution for viewing AOL PFC file without using AOL?
  • : For that, you can directly view your bookmarks of PFC file in HTML format
  • : Ok, Thanks

  • : I have a current version of my AOL 9.1. I have stored my Favorite Places in my hard drive as: Favorite Places.pfc (Personal File Cabinet, about 120 KB). How do I get IE8 to import and recognize this file as an IE8 favorites list?
  • : You just need aol pfc explorer which can explore your favorites.

  • : How to view saved mail from Aol? As I have saved multiple Personal Filing Cabinet corresponding to my AOL PFC Mail.
  • : You can use the SysTools AOL PFC Viewer to view your Aol PFC email.

  • : How do I access attachment from PFC File. Does the viewer show the attachment of the email?
  • : No, your attachment would not be accessible. The tool maintain the internal attachment but not the external attachment. You can view just the name of the attachment with its file extension

What our Clients Says

It was just impossible for me to read AOL PFC email messages locally on my hard drive but your product PFC Viewer have made it possible. Now I can view all the emails from the PFC file without AOL.

John Lewis, Portugal

The precision with which the Aol PFC Viewer software works is simply amazing! It provides an efficient way of viewing the PFC email messages and saving them in my PC in easy to access file format. I am happy with the upgrade of the AOL PFC Viewer.

Elizabeth Brown, Auckland