Folder Guard is a computer security software tool that lets you password-protect, hide, or restrict access to files and folders of your choice, and also restrict access to other Windows resources, such as Control Panel, Start Menu, Desktop, and more. You can configure the protection so that only specific users would be restricted, on both stand-alone and networked computers.
Folder Guard is for Windows Vista, XP, and similar versions of Windows (such as Windows Media Center Edition). It is also backward compatible with Windows 2000. Both 32-bit and x64 editions of Windows are supported. Folder Guard is NOT compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, Windows NT 4.0 or any older version of Windows.
Protect your private files and folders with passwords
You can protect virtually any folder or file with a password, allowing only the authorized users to open the protected files or folders. You can protect an unlimited number of files and folders, each with its own password, or you can use the master password of Folder Guard to unprotect them all at once.
Hide your personal folders from other users
You can set up Folder Guard to make your private folders invisible (or appear to be empty) to other users. The folder would be hidden from virtually any program, including Windows Explorer, Office, MS-DOS programs, etc.
Restrict access to Control Panel, Start Menu, Desktop, etc.
You can use Folder Guard to allow only certain users change the computer settings with Control Panel, while denying that to other users. You can control access to various settings of Start Menu, Desktop, Taskbar, and other Windows resources.
Restrict access to the floppy, CD-ROM and other removable drives
You can use configure Folder Guard to allow or deny access to the removable drives, restricting the user's ability to run or install unauthorized programs on your computer.
Protection without encryption
Folder Guard protects your files without encrypting them. It means that there is no danger of losing your documents if you lose your encryption key: with Folder Guard all your files remain intact, without modification of any kind.
Quickly enable or disable the protected folders via a "hot key"
You can choose a specific keyboard combination as the hot key of Folder Guard, to be able to quickly enable or disable the protection of your computer. Of course, the "hot key" is protected with your password, too, only you can use it!
Optional "stealth mode" of operation
You can set up Folder Guard to operate in the stealth mode, to hide its own files and shortcuts from being seen by other users. You would still be able to control Folder Guard via the "hot key".
Easy recovery in case of emergency
If you forget your password, or experience other problems, simply use the Emergency Recovery Utility (available for free download from our web site) to quickly restore access to your protected folder.
Folder Guard - 64bit software
Current version: 20.10.3
Release date: 2021-01-31