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WinLock Professional

By Crystal Office Systems Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 11, 2009

Anyone in need of amping up desktop security will find this application both useful and easy to use.

WinLock Professional has a clean and functional interface that is easy to understand. The program works well to limit access to certain areas of the computer, but a few of the security measures could be bypassed by savvy users. On the first use, users can easily set up a password to keep others from changing settings, decide when the program will run, and how it will log activity. Other features include the capability to lock users out of vital areas, such as the registry, task manager, control panel, and Windows folders. Users can even go so far as to disable changes to the desktop or access to the Start Menu. There is even a timer, which will limit the amount of time spent on the computer. The only issue we had upon testing was the Internet access tab. Users can set up a list of restricted and/or trusted sites, but the restrictions apply only to Internet Explorer. The settings were null and void if the sites were accessed through Firefox.

Parents, among others, will find WinLock Professional a great resource to limit user access to certain areas of the computer and the Internet, but be aware that it won't completely prevent sites if the kids use Firefox.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.21

Version 8.21: Block unsigned executables. Disable screen edge swipe in Windows 10. Force system shutdown in Windows 8 and higher. Disable Timeline. Support for Opera 60 and Yandex Browser 19. Block Ctrl+N, Ctrl+S, and Ctrl+O keys.

General

Release June 20, 2019
Date Added June 20, 2019
Version 8.21

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

Popularity

Total Downloads 21,581
Downloads Last Week 22
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Developer's Description

WinLock is a comprehensive security software for personal or publicly accessible computers running all versions of Windows from 2000 to Windows 10. It is a program that ensures that only authorized people can access sensitive information on your computer. This security tool allows you to restrict your users from accessing important system resources like Control Panel, desktop, and system registry, disable Windows hotkeys (such as Alt-Ctrl-Del, Alt-Tab, Ctrl-Esc, etc.), block mouse, hide the Start button and taskbar.

With WinLock you can control how long others can use your computer. It runs from the system tray and requires a password to gain access to the available settings. It loads automatically with Windows and allows you to add an optional startup message, provide audio notification, and set the time limit. Once that limit is reached, Windows is summarily shut down. You can toggle the timer on and off from the tray. Parental control system lets you activate filters that allow access to websites that are useful for learning and reference only. That's why responsible parents install WinLock on every computer that their children use.

It also lets you deny access to selected files, applications, and Explorer windows (Recycle Bin, My Computer, etc.), usb and hard drives, filter Internet content and prohibit access to questionable websites. When enabled, there is no way around it without the proper password. Whether you're worried about coworkers going on the network and gaining unauthorized access to your private files, or your kids messing up your work files, WinLock is a software-only solution to your security needs.