Protect Folder Plus

By Protect Folder Plus Team Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This straightforward utility easily protects files and folders, but a security flaw reduces our initial enthusiasm. Protect Folder Plus's interface, with well-labeled buttons and a list of protected items, proves very easy to use. It requires a password to secure files and folders and includes a browser, but it also supports the simpler drag-and-drop method for adding files and folders to be protected. Unlike similar applications, four access modes are offered, including Read Only, Browse Only, and No Access, and restrictions are instantly applied. Configurable hot keys are welcome shortcuts for accessing the program, and enabling and disabling protection. Impressively, files and folders are completely hidden in No Access mode and can't be found in Windows Explorer or through searches. Protect Folder Plus also thwarts attempts to remove protection by terminating the program in the Task Manager, and file and folder security remains tight. Furthermore, you have to supply the password to uninstall the program. However, in testing, we managed to remove file and folder restrictions and uninstall the program while running Windows in Safe Mode. Protect Folder Plus almost hits the right notes, but its security flaw won't protect your important information from a determined computer-savvy intruder.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added July 11, 2005
Version 2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server


Total Downloads 6,585
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Developer's Description

Protect Folder Plus is an effective security tool to protect your private and important folders, files, and drives from unauthorized access. Protect Folder Plus provides multiple access modes to protect your data. You can make protected data completely invisible, visible but inaccessible, or allowing read only access. Protect Folder Plus make your data is visible and available only to you.

Version 2.1 includes some improvements in protection and minor bugs fixes.

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