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AxCrypt

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Chances are, there's something on your computer that you don't want other people to see, whether it's financial information, client files, trade secrets, or evidence of your erotic photography hobby. AxCrypt makes it easy to encrypt all types of files, ensuring that your sensitive data is safe from prying eyes.

The program integrates easily into Windows, appearing as an item in any file's context menu. Users simply right-click on the item they want to encrypt, select AxCrypt from the menu, and choose Encrypt. The program lets users select a password for the file and optionally create a key-file. As its name would suggest, the key-file is designed to function as a key that can unlock encrypted files. It's meant to be kept on a removable storage device, such as a USB drive, so that it can only be used when the file's owner inserts the removable device into the computer with the encrypted file. In addition to encrypting the original file, the program also lets users encrypt a copy, encrypt a copy to .EXE, and shred and delete files. The program has a Help file in the form of an online PDF, and it's quite thorough and contains plenty of screenshots. Overall, we found that AxCrypt is both powerful and easy to use, and we think that it's a great way to keep files secure for users of all experience levels.

AxCrypt installs politely and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs malware on your computer!"

    January 9, 2014  |   By kentman333

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    I did not find any.

    Cons

    I tried to install this software it never even installed correctly. I then ran a malware detection program and it found three malwares that Axycrypt had installed through Open Candy There is no place I found that you could de-select installing Open Candy as other post have stated. It is installed automatically.

    Summary

    Avoid this program as it will mess up your computer

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Strong protection, NO CRAPWARE (read "Pros")."

    November 23, 2013  |   By yknotdave1

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    Easy setup on Windows 7 64bit (and NO CRAPWARE OR OTHER 3rd PARTY SOFTWARE IF YOU JUST PAY ATTENTION during the ENTIRE installation process), intuitive interface, and so far, I can't gain access to an encrypted folder or file unless I use AxCrypt to decrypty it.
    Something I've found useful and time-saving (see "Cons"), for decrypting multiple folders or files, is that it can remember your passphrase so you don't have to enter it each time. However, remember to reinstate the passphrase requirement by using the "Clear the Passphrase Memory" selection in the right-click menu if you don't want anyone else to have easy access. You'll have to do this for each file and folder during either encryption or decryption. Makes sense to me.

    Cons

    In my opinion, it takes longer to either encrypt or decrypt than other programs (although the others' protection isn't as strong). Just something to keep in mind for large files that you need to work with (for an 8GB folder, it took over 5 minutes,either way).
    Other than that, it's been a pleasure.

    Summary

    Super-easy setup, easy to use. I was trying out a few encryption programs at once and, after using AxCrypt to guard a few files, I accidentally uninstalled the program. When I tried to open one of those files, I noticed it had a .axx suffix. I Googled that and found my mistake, reinstalled AxCrypt, and opened my files with the saved passphrase which was still intact. WHEW!! Thought I had permanently lost access to those files. Relief!
    Thank you goes to Axantum!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware of unwanted 'extras'"

    August 2, 2013  |   By rwlang_cnet

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    never got to try it....too busy recovering from all the extra junk that got loaded...see cons

    Cons

    I have to agree w/ Lizette; I was very careful to uncheck boxes not to load extras; yet still Bing took over my background (even when I changed background, Bing logo still there), Bing toolbar loaded, Firefox was disabled and I could not longer start it. An hour later after system restore and uninstall/reinstall Firefox, I was thankfully back to where I was before I started.

    Summary

    I learned my lesson

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Tries to install hidden software"

    July 4, 2013  |   By LizetteDM

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    None that I know of

    Cons

    Deceptive installation. Tries to install 2 hidden software files. There is no listings of the software to be installed. You need to choose to not install extra software to even see the files that will be installed along with the program.

    Summary

    Beware! Hidden Crap ware is part of the software installed by this program if you are not careful.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far so good"

    June 8, 2013  |   By ryanrdb123

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    Works as promised so far. Can password protect single word files like I wanted pretty easily by just right clicking & selecting the axcrypt option.

    Cons

    Had a weird *little* problem at first after encrypting, opening, closing, & then trying to open the same word document right after. Said the program was being used by another process so I could just open it as "read only". Easy fix though... just ctrl-alt-del and ended the axcrypt processes & works perfect now.

    Summary

    It doesn't install a bunch of crap like another 1-star review suggested... Gives you the option, but all you have to do is un-check the box before you press install...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely excellent"

    May 19, 2013  |   By francois_fermier

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    Simple, just right click. Works perfectly.

    Cons

    None here at all. And the fellow who complained about the Open Candy must be meaner than Scrooge. All you need to is just un-check a single box if you don't want the suggested extra software. Takes less than one second. Yet the guy made such a big deal out of it. Shame on him.

    Summary

    I set up a password which am keeping in a safe place, and then with this AxCrypt am ready to go. Works perfectly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simplicity"

    March 7, 2013  |   By gat0gelat0

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    Works flawlessly on my 64-bit computer. Installs a right-click context menu line that can quickly encrypt a file or folder (all files within the folder). This is developed by a one-man team (see Axantum.com/axcrypt for more about him and open-source work.)

    Cons

    I don't see any right now.

    Summary

    Very simple. I had a strong encyption software called Folder Lock installed on my pc/laptop. I didn't know about Axcrypt when I bought FL. Now I use Axcrypt more and more. Cheaper (make a donation), faster, open source, convenient. No software to wait for and which takes resources. Just engage your mouse for a right-click or two and you're done.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Used to be very good, but now..."

    February 5, 2013  |   By AnneRamsay01

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    Sadly in a vain attempt to make some money the developers have packages the software in crapware i.e. OpenCandy so when installing all sorts of rubbish tries to be installed. I would have preferred the developer to just be upfront and charge, I'd of paid! Oh well.

    Cons

    other than the installer this is a very good program

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  • 5.0 stars

    "works perfectly"

    January 23, 2013  |   By calvinfoster

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    it is very good software, running well without any problem, it have very good option for better encryption.

    Cons

    no problem found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "trojan horse found when installing"

    January 20, 2013  |   By ariegroot1

    Version: AxCrypt 1.7.2976

    Pros

    It worked well, when I used vista

    Cons

    when downloading the latest version (from Axantum website) to install on windows 8, Kaspersky detected two trojan horses and a suspicious browser-toolbar.

    Summary

    worked well but newest version probably corrupted

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