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'Windows ANSI' file or corrupt?

Recently, I lost my email messages and tried to recover them with DBXtract. This program found 58 emails and converted them to text files named 'NoSubject(1).txt' thru 'NoSubject(58).txt'. When I open these files in 'Word Perfect 10' it would say 'convert file format from ANSI Windows Text' and proceed to open the file. The problem is that when the file is opened, it's unreadable.  
The average file has strings of characters like this.....

D*vYcsSmMS0G7Q+21QpkjcM3PnJPEqJlMJnKxC2XGQ

Are these files corrupt or is there a way to read them?
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patchar
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DabasCommented:
Hi patchar:
Probably these emails had binary attachments, such as pictures in them.

Dabas
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patcharAuthor Commented:
Some of them have attachments but most do not. The smallest is 25K. Is this coding binary?
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DabasCommented:
patchar:
Size does not matter. The moment an attachment is not plain text it gets encoded. Even an MSWord document.

Dabas
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sunnycoderCommented:
The two most common encodings for email attachments are MIME and uuencode ...

Try opening the files with outlook or other such client (you may have to rename the files, specifically the extension to do that)

the lost messages that you recovered were originally in what format ? stored as text or your outlook inbox or something else ?
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