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WinGuard Pro 2016

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 18, 2011

WinGuard Pro 2010 Lite is a free app that lets you disable and enable certain Windows features via a password without completely preventing access to your PC. It keeps snoops away from your personal data and programs without having to shut down or lock your computer, which lets you keep programs running and files open even as you're locking down your data.

We opened WinGuard Pro, which appeared in our system tray. We clicked the padlock icon, and a small password entry box appeared along with a notice that we needed to set a password. Although there's a check box marked Save, don't be tempted to enter a password here, since WinGuard won't accept it; you have to set a password via the program's multitabbed Configuration Tool. We used the default password provided by the program, clicked the Settings tab, and then clicked Set Tasks Password. On the Users tab, we could exclude our Admin Account as well as import account data. An interesting feature locks the account when you exceed a time limit. The Advanced tab let us set System Protected Tasks and Policies, while the Encryption tab offered 256 AES protection for specified folders. The Tasks tab is the main view; here we could check a wide range of Windows functions for locking, including Windows Media Player, Word, Paint, Google Chrome, and Live Mail Inbox. We could also remove entries or browse to add new ones to the list.

WinGuard Pro 2010 Lite is extremely easy to use. We checked the apps we wanted to lock and closed the Configuration Tool. When we clicked on a locked program, it opened very briefly but almost instantly disappeared behind the WinGuard log-on screen. Entering our password opened the program normally. Clicking Save on the password entry box saved our password, which let us open locked programs normally without unlocking them for all users. The Help Manual is extensive and clear, and we had no trouble setting up, using, and uninstalling WinGuard.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 10.0.0.32

Version 10.0.0.32 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release October 12, 2015
Date Added October 12, 2015
Version 10.0.0.32

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

WinGuard Pro 2016 can Password Protect Programs and encrypt files on your computer. Users can add Password Protection to any Windows Program (ie Store Apps, Desktop Apps, Exe's). Lock Installers, Internet and File Explorer - that's right; if you need some extra security, WinGuard Pro 2016 can Block Software Installations, Internet, File Explorer, Harddrive Access and a whole lot more, all for free.

Overview

People who share common computers at office or at home are normally concerned about the privacy of their files, programs, and data, since such situations can result in other users viewing, editing or deleting their files mistakenly or even knowingly. No need to fret about this problem anymore, thanks to WinGuard Pro 2016 which is a system security application capable of applying password-protection to various parts of your computer like Windows programs, files, folders, and Web pages as well. Therefore, without shutting down or locking your system, you can keep intruders at bay even when your programs are running and files are opened.

Installation

Process of installation for WinGuard Pro 2016 is really fast and simple. The installer only asks for confirmation of basic details such as setup destination path and the users who can access this application. That's it! The application is ready to protect your data. It is supported by following operating systems: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10.

Interface

The GUI of this application is quite decent, modern, and intuitive; the layout is designed in such a way so that anyone with or without much technical experience can easily get accustomed to it.