Free Hide Folder

Free Hide Folder

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 50 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    144,400
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 14, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    874.95KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    228
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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You probably have financial records, family photos, and other computer files that you'd rather keep private, but that's not always possible if others share access to your computer. Free Hide Folder from Cleanersoft is a compact tool that makes it easy to hide and password-protect files and folders and access them with a few quick clicks when you need them.

When you first run Free Hide Folder, you're prompted to create a password that the program will use to protect hidden files, so make sure it's one you'll remember. Free Hide Folder's interface is a simple dialog; just a file menu and a taskbar containing basic control icons for adding, locking/unlocking, and password-protecting files. Selected items appear in the main window with their locked or unlocked state displayed. When we browsed to a folder to add, the program advised using the Backup feature to back up hidden files so they can be recovered in case something goes wrong (like a lost password). Backups are always good advice, and the program quickly created this one, triggering the Hide feature and listing the folder's status as hidden. We navigated to the target directory via Explorer and were pleased not to see the folder in question. We then clicked Show in Free Hide Folder and returned to the directory; this time the file was visible and opened with a click. Though the folder and its contents were neither visible nor accessible in Windows, the properties dialog for the hidden folder's containing folder showed the actual number of total folders and files as well as their size. This means it's possible to tell which directories have hidden files and folders but not to access them, which might actually be an advantage if you forget where you've placed things.

It's long been possible to hide folders and files in Windows, but the built-in capability is too cumbersome for everyday use. Free Hide Folder augments that capability, transforming it into a handy, easy-to-use security tool that can keep your private files safe from snoops.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"IT IS NOT GOOD"

August 05, 2012  |  By asokanpp

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

THIS SOFTWARE IS NOT RELIABLE

Cons

YOU NEVER GET ANY SUPPORT FROM THE SOFTWARE COMPANY.

Summary

SOMETIMES YOU CANNOT UNHIDE YOUR FOLDER, EVEN CANNOT TRACK IT. PLEASE DON'T USE IT.

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1 stars

"Instructions unclear. Did not hide files."

May 20, 2012  |  By renos2k

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

Can't find any.

Cons

When I add folders I get a message to back them up. When I select the file to back up, I get a message that it's not found. After hiding all of my document folders including picture folders, I found that I could search for *.jpg and they all show up, with previews. Exactly what I downloaded this to prevent. Hate repair people seeing private pictures.

Summary

Help not helpful. Files NOT hidden. At all.

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4 stars

"Works well and a free product"

March 01, 2012  |  By madmock

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

Installs easily and simple to use. Add as many folders as needed, but all folders are protected with the same password.

I'm running Vista Ultimate and folders hidden under one user account are not visible to other accounts.

Cons

none detected

Summary

Works as described using Vista Ultimate. No issues detected.

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3 stars

"Not Secure"

August 06, 2011  |  By JimBrittTN

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

Works for the normal user in a single-login system.
Quick and simple to use

Cons

if you have the folder on a "PStart" menu it IS visible and accessible even if "hidden"

Summary

Good if you are the main user.

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4 stars

"works and free"

June 07, 2011  |  By alanduqu

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

free and simple

Cons

have not used except to hide one folder via password

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1 stars

"Doesn't do the job"

May 28, 2011  |  By skyelectricbuzz1

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

Simple interface

Cons

Only hides for current user -- folder is visible to other user accounts.

Summary

Log in
Hide a folder
Log out or switch user
Log in to a separate account on same computer
Find your hidden folder: it's not hidden! All other users on the computer can find your files!

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1 stars

"asked to be sandboxed by virus scan.."

May 15, 2011  |  By dirk098

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 3.0

Pros

none.. program wont install.

Cons

Tryed to open (UNWISE.EXE) but failed.. seems to be a virus or something.. way to go CNET.. another crappy ap you guys are trying to say has been ''checked for viruss''

Summary

crap.

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3 stars

"Does what it should."

September 22, 2010  |  By LostValley

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 2.5

Pros

can't think of any.

Cons

can't think of any.

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1 stars

"I lost all my files"

September 22, 2010  |  By danyl_johnson

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 2.5

Pros

Avoid this program like a plague. Blue Screen of Death as soon as the software installed. Very dangerous.

Cons

This program sucks

Summary

As soon as I installed this Program, my windows started crashing. When I reinstalled my Windows, my hidden files are gone, they are no where to be found. Avoid this crippleware.

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5 stars

"As soon as you download it, a trojan warning"

September 22, 2010  |  By marcusLampoon

 |  Version: Free Hide Folder 2.5

Pros

Beware of Data Loss

Cons

Beware this program has severly damaged my computer. It crashed my Windows and my antivirus is also showing a trojan horse just after I installed it today. I have been trying to uninstall this and can't do it any more.

Summary

Stay away from this program. It is severely crippled! Once the program stopped working, my hidden folders do not open anymore. Stay away!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1
Bug fixes and stability improvements.
General
Publisher Cleanersoft
Publisher web site http://www.cleanersoft.com
Release Date January 07, 2014
Date Added January 14, 2014
Version 3.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 874.95KB
File Name FHFSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 144,400
Downloads Last Week 228
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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