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Wise Folder Hider

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WiseCleaner's Wise Folder Hider is a free tool that can secure your data by hiding important files or folders on your disk drive or portable drive, and protecting them with a password. And Wise Folder Hider lets you go a step further by requiring a double password for special items; nothing less than the legendary "double secret password."

We clicked Wise Folder Hider's desktop icon and created a password to start using the program. Wise Folder Hider's user interface is simple but attractive, with three items in the toolbar: Hide File, Hide Folder, and Hide USB. The main window displayed a drag-and-drop diagram, which switched to a list view sorted by column headings for Name, Lock, Status, and Operation. An online Help file offers a good introduction to this program, but it's hardly needed since there's little to configure with this simple tool: just tell it what to hide, and it hides it. (You'll need to put something in your folder before you hide it since Wise Folder Hider won't hide empty files -- which is wise, isn't it?)

We added files, folders, and our USB drive to Wise Folder Hider. Each appeared in due course in the list view, with a menu of options under Operations: Open, Unhide, and Set Password, which lets you set a second password for double password protection. When Wise Folder Hider is open, you can open any hidden item normally from within its interface, but double-password-protected items require an additional step. When a file, folder, or USB drive is open, Wise Folder Hider displays its status as Visible; closing it hides it again. Clicking Unhide restores an item's normal visibility and removes it from Wise Folder Hider's list.

Wise Folder Hider takes Windows' ability to hide files, folders, and drives and turns it into a neat, easy-to-use privacy tool. When Wise Folder Hider is active, hidden files, folders, and drives stay hidden. Wise Folder Hider works with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. We tried it in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

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All User Reviews

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It is OK, but useless."

    February 23, 2014  |   By Not-My-Problem

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.53.81

    Pros

    Hides folders, like it is supposed to do.
    Very simple.

    Cons

    Windows can hide folders without additional software.

    Summary

    In Windows, you can right click a folder, click Properties, then check the Hidden option. The folder will disappear. To make it reappear, basically enable Show Hidden Folders in Folder Options to make it appear again so you can unhide it. That makes this software basically useless, unless you do not want to go through all of that trouble.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and effective works on a network"

    February 4, 2014  |   By DHydrocolloid

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.53.81

    Pros

    Simplicity is great. Tried to achieve the same thing with user privileges, hiding folders, setting attributes etc. in Windows 7 and gave up. This thing worked in minutes and does the trick.
    Works on hiding folders from network users also. I can give users access to all my files then simply hide the ones I don't want them to see and access. Great value when it's free but I'm going to donate when I figure out where and how.

    Cons

    there does not seem to be an easy way to unhide then hide again other than going through the same procedure ie finding the file or folder in the correct directory.
    Program does not remember where the last folder to hide was located to allow for continuing down the directory to find the next one. Have to start from the root directory every time. I may be missing something as I've only just started to use the program.

    Summary

    It's so easy you wonder why the billionaires at Microsoft don't think of this or include it as an add on.
    Perfect for a small business environment where some users have to have limited access. I know there's probably a way to do it in windows explorer but I gave up. Folder Hider makes it as easy as it should be. Thank you.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy, Quick, Works... Outstanding."

    December 30, 2013  |   By cob1963

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.51.79

    Pros

    files and/or folders easily hid and do not respond/show on queries or searches.

    Cons

    gotta be one, right?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "excellent useful company for pc"

    December 20, 2013  |   By yultuzay

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.51.79

    Pros

    make computer more faster and easy to find hide folder, i like it

    Cons

    dont find yet

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buggy, unreliable, dangerous - BEWARE!"

    November 27, 2013  |   By WiseBugged

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.51.79

    Pros

    It (is supposed to) hide your file / folders.
    (Apparently) it doesn't destroy you files.

    Cons

    The hidden files return visible with no advice.
    If you try to hide again, it doesn't allow any more.
    Upgrading software version makes the situation is even worse: strange semi-hidden directories appears (with 4 dots) that cannot be removed. A secondary copy of all directories appears, but no files can be accessed. Previosly hidden directory (including parent directory) cannot be hidden again. The error message says "" (yes, empty message - very useful indeed!).
    Deinstalling the software doesn't solve the problem. The root directory remains corrupted. No (easy) way to repair the disk.

    Summary

    Crappy software. It's free but it will cost you a lot because of the damages it produces.
    Stay away from this software, and find something else, you're warned!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what is claimed to do."

    November 10, 2013  |   By MasterScout639

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.41

    Pros

    Easy to hide a folder

    Cons

    Hiding individual files or double locking is a bit cumbersome.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "convenient, fast and helpful"

    October 30, 2013  |   By cxrichard

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.41

    Pros

    its good for hide my privacy which i don't wanna upload and save in my computer.

    Cons

    i have not find any cons about this software.

    Summary

    its freeware, it can help me hide my privacy and make me safe. i think this software is convenient, helpful and useful for every one who using computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like this one best"

    August 30, 2013  |  

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.38

    Pros

    It is useful for me. Because most of time, i want to keep some secrete even just share pc with family. And it is free! Awesome!

    Cons

    I have not found yet. May be it is because i don't test it but just use it when i truely need it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wise foder hider is a very good software"

    August 29, 2013  |   By Michaeljud

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.38

    Pros

    not complicated and free

    Cons

    hope it can be improved better, add password when uninstall to further protect our vital data

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  • 5.0 stars

    "IT IS A VERY GOOG SOFTWARE"

    August 28, 2013  |   By courtli

    Version: Wise Folder Hider 1.38

    Pros

    IT IS free and protect my privacy

    Cons

    no, at least now my PC doesn't have anything wrong with this software

    Summary

    love it !!

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