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Folder Access Pro

CNET Editors' review

What's worse? Unreliable security or no security at all? That's the question posed by Folder Access Pro, an underpowered utility that claims to protect your data by locking your folders with a password. Compared to simple encryption programs, Folder Access Pro is very quick and very easy to use. You only have to right-click a folder in Windows Explorer to lock or unlock it without opening the main program window. However, Folder Access Pro doesn't encrypt the folder, and savvy users can hack the protection with several mouse clicks. They merely need to stop the program with any process-exploring utility, including Task Manager. At that point, locked folders are as good as open. Folder Access Pro scores points for its freeware price, and it might do for keeping out small children or clueless users, but it's very poorly suited to any situation wherein security really matters.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.0 stars

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 23
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 23
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  • 1.0 stars

    "not very secure"

    June 6, 2012  |   By leader4236

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    too easy to use

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Locked Files can be Unlocked Without the Password"

    March 22, 2012  |   By andrewsarris04

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    The only pros about this program is that yes it can lock your files and folders.

    Cons

    Protected files can be easily unlocked that too without entering a valid password.

    Summary

    Well yes with this tool you can lock and safeguard your files but JUST for a Moment. As the others users mentioned you can easily encrypt files and folders locked by this tool. Can you imagine even the renaming the file thing works too. If you ask me for an alternative for this program i would say go for the tool named Lock a folder. Works perfectly. To get this tool, visit: www.protectafolder.com

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T USE THIS UTILITY!!!! It's a *S*C*A*M*!!!!!!!!!!!"

    June 11, 2010  |   By ph0enix2003

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    none, none

    Cons

    There is nothing secure about it

    Summary

    All this utility does is add a GUID to the folder name. It doesn't lock or encrypt anything. In order to see the files all you have to do is rename the "secure" folder and remove the GUID from the name. CNET should remove this utility from their downloads.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "opmaco right"

    October 29, 2009  |   By Kaye207

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    this is a good program and easy to use but easily unlocked just follow opmacos instructions and walla open

    Cons

    will not buy a program now untill I have read the reviews, thanks opmanco for the info,

    Summary

    do not buy this program not secure

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Lock or Unlock does not always take the first time."

    April 25, 2009  |   By danpen42

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    efficient, does what it is supposed to do most of the time

    Cons

    erratic, requires multiple tries to get it to work sometimes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SIMPLY AWSOME!!! GREAT!!! FREE-0 LIMITATIONS"

    December 22, 2008  |   By sidonfire123

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    free but it actually works. the best software 2 to lock/unlock files n folders.
    keep ur data private n away from access by others
    CAUTION:plz dont forget ur password

    Cons

    none as i hv come across so far

    Summary

    see pros n cons

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to Lock & Unlock. Please read my review below. Thx"

    November 1, 2008  |   By Rviewer

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    no Comment

    Cons

    No Comment

    Summary

    A Freeware. Easy to lock,for both kid and teenager as they don't know about this application...they couldn't open the files...Easy to Unlock,click Ctrl+Alt+Delete,go Process 'LckFldMenu' or 'LckFldManager' or something like this, then end it and delete this word "21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D' of your locked folder...and u get ur locked files Unlocked !!Congrat !!!
    Sometimes this Application wont recognize ur password or if any person change the password.Notes : This Application doens't need a old password to change ur current password. That mean it's very easy to change your currently password. if u face any problem like 'Application wont recognize your password or if any person change the password'. simply go www.softpedia.com to download 'Smarty Uninstaller' or just search 'uninstaller' and a lot of result will be found...simply choose one to use and uninstall Folder Access.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk]"

    August 14, 2008  |   By batukapur

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Avast antivirus detected 'Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk]'

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unprofessional Enough - Consequences Caused!"

    August 11, 2008  |   By Mike0

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Pros

    "One might like that some folders can be locked"

    Cons

    After Uninstalling Folder Access, a forgotten folder has not been unlocked. Therefore, it lead for the deletion of 10 GB were excited in that folder!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "it is great"

    May 20, 2008  |   By himbha

    Version: Folder Access Pro 2

    Cons

    I have lost my password, now I can not access my folder. can any one help me about it? There is no option to change or recover password if you forget it.

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