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Folder Lock

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Snoopers can't find or access the files you hide using Folder Lock, even in DOS or under other operating systems. This application also erases your Recent Documents history, so intruders don't know what to search for. The attractive lock-like interface simply presents the program functions. You can click the Browse link to locate and lock folders anywhere on your computer, or you can simply secure them via a right click. You also have the option to shred files for permanent removal, monitor hackers who try to break in to your secured files (and shut down the computer after three wrong passwords), and enable stealth mode so would-be wrongdoers can't even see the folders you have locked. In our tests, the program demonstrated good speed, even when securing large folders. If you share a PC and need to keep certain files to yourself, you should definitely give Folder Lock a try.
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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 1,237 votes

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    • 1 star: 295
  • Current version:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Scam-Ripoff"

    May 6, 2011  |   By rharan

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    Great when it worked

    Cons

    In less than 4 months it stopped working despite providing newsoftwares order number, serial number & whatever else they required to get the program to work.

    Summary

    Repeated attempts to deal with tech support by email and calls have been largely unanswered. All I get now is messages saying my trial version has expired & that I need to buy the program or contact tech support, neither of which has worked - Despite the fact that I paid $39.95 on Jan 19, 2011 for the full version. I recommend you do not purchase this till they learn how to run a reputable business!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Smartest and Fastest Encryption"

    October 27, 2006  |   By jonnyrhd_pho

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    I bought it today and i think Folder Lock is the best file encryption and folder protection (privacy related) product out there in the market and I specially like the portability option with which I can even encrypt (not just lock) in 2 seconds my USB Stick Drive.

    Cons

    no cons, negative comments seem to come from competitors as it seems highly popular program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "To put it simply: It is a FRAUD, a SCAM, and it doesn't work."

    October 26, 2006  |   By Myself_304

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    It has a nice looking interface. But that's it. I don't know about you, but I'm not interested in paying $35 for snazzy icon to put on my desktop. That's pretty much all this app is good for.

    Cons Part I (Couldn't fit all this in the cons section): I've done quite a bit research on this app. The company literally bribes many users into giving this app a five star rating.

    Many people on here are saying "It works for the average person" or "I'm not a computer techie, so I don't have problems with it."

    To them, I have to say this: Have you even tried to bypass this program?

    The truth is, it is very easy to bypass. "New Softwares" makes many claims that are simply not true. It is an extremely unreliable company.

    For example: "Folder Lock doesn't let you delete its own program folder, and it can't be uninstalled without the correct password." Yeah right! Go to the installation folder, highlight it and press Shift-Del. Didn't work? It has worked for many people, but if it doesn't, come here (download.com), download "Unlocker" (a freeware program.); Install it; go back to the installation folder of Folder Lock, right-click, and delete it with Unlocker. There you go! It's gone! "Folder Lock is fully portable, so you can protect your files on USB flash drives, disks, CD-RWs, notebooks, and hard disks, and it doesn't require installation on another PC." That's a joke, it really is. Try it for yourself and see. I've seen complaints about files on USB drives being perfectly visible.

    Cons

    "Folder Lock protects files in Windows, DOS, and Safe modes, even when you change your OS or boot from a disk." Again, that's simply not true. It is perfectly accessible via a bootable Linux CD. That has been confirmed by both myself and others. All your locked files can also be viewed and changed via a network.

    Even the average Joe should't buy this program. This program is good for nothing and works for no-one--whether it looks like it does or not. Get something else!

    You'd be able to hide your personal information just as securely by burying your files deep inside some windows directory where no-one would ever think to look. If fact, in many cases, that might be an even safer way to go than to use this program. And it's free!

    Don't believe everything I'm saying? Think I'm making this up? I encourage you to download the software and try it for yourself. Just be wary and mind what I have said. Try testing some of the things I have mentioned, try finding your own ways to bypass it. If you conclude differently, go ahead. Buy it. But, for your own sake, TEST it before you purchase it! And don't be bribed into leaving positive reviews until you've USED it! Reviews and ratings should be by people who've used the program, not by people who've owned it for a few days and haven't run into trouble.

    Frankly, I'm a little saddened that something like this could slip past the download.com editor who reviewed this software.

    I'm a busy person, I didn't write this because I was bored. I wanted to take the time to write this because scams like this frustrate me and I think it is only right to warn others. Don't fall for this junk; there are many other programs that will accomplish what this program claims to do. Use one of them instead!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Greatest Encrypter I've ever found, after 10 yrs."

    October 23, 2006  |   By kneelingangel1

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    Very simple to use. Does a great job of encryption. will close real fast if need be.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Love This Program"

    October 22, 2006  |   By clint0374

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    I only use this program to keep important files and music in, and if you use it just for that it works excellent. I love the program. It looks nice and has a nice animation with the key and stuff.

    Cons

    I dont believe it really encypts you files, it just hides it some where.

    I was kind of hesitant to pay 30 dollars but i was glad. I recommend it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works OK for me"

    October 22, 2006  |   By tsacmoc19

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    I value the opinions of others. However, I am not having any of the problems others have mentioned. I am using a fully updated XP system. I'm fully able to lock or encrypt files on my computer and flash drives, just as advertised. I'm a banker and just a user- not a computer pro, so maybe I don't realize I'm supposed to be having problems.

    Cons

    The only reason I gave the program four stars is due to the comment that a non-windows OS will/might allow files to be read. If that is true then I would give the program zero stars.

    I would like to see others comments about non-windows operating systems opening the files, and exactly which OS they may be using.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Some pretty junky features"

    October 14, 2006  |   By feliciano777

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    Encryption is supposed to be good, although I'm sceptical about trying it since the locking function did so poorly. Very nice user interface

    Cons

    BIG drawback - the simple locking and hiding of folders. All you have to do to find a file or folder which is locked and hidden, is to go to the documents and settings/.../desktop folder, (Folder lock even tells you where the hidden folder is!), and enable a hidden folder search. You'll find the hidden folder, completely unlocked and ready to use! Pretty poor security if you ask me!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Great when working - Really bad when not working"

    October 13, 2006  |   By browncarpet

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    I like the concept and implementation. I simply removes the folder from site. It was great to have it on external drives, too.

    Cons

    I got the same Blue Screen of Death (Fatal Exception Error) as many others have. It seems this is a known issue with the authoring company with no solution in sight. I'd be hard pressed to buy something like this knowing it has caused thousands of Fatal Errors. If you do have the error (involving windrvnt.sys), boot into safe mode, log in to Folder Lock, and uninstall from within Folder Lock. I would NOT buy this software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "folder lock is simple to use yet it is very efficient and a great software"

    October 12, 2006  |   By chitshar

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    it is so easy to use stealth mode is great and i like its interface

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Folder Lock is a Fraud"

    October 3, 2006  |   By lenbabin

    Version: Folder Lock 5.6.1

    Pros

    Pretty face.

    Cons

    Just wanted to warn you about Folder Lock. This software is nothing more than a pretty face that hides folders. It encrypts nothing and if you ask the company what lock, scramble and encrypt mean, you won't get an answer. I got my answer by doing a test. I shared out the Locker on my network. I went to my other computer and mapped to it. Then I Locked, Scrambled and Encrypted it and each time, from the other computer, I was able to open the folder and open and change a file. You try it. True to their word, the FL people were quick with email. But, they were not quick with solutions and spoke to me robotically about downloading more software. In the end, I gave up. Folder Lock is a fraud. You should not use it for anything sensitive. Len

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