WinGuard Pro: Password protect files, folders, Windows features & apps

If you would like to keep your personal folders, files and application away from anybody’s access, it’s time that you protected them with WinGuard Pro. WinGuard Pro is a freeware application that lets you password protect your files, folders, windows feature as well as programs, including access to Internet Explorer, Administrative tools, Messenger, Task Manager, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Media Player, Folder Options, Notepad and much more.

WinGuard Pro Review

WinGuard Pro is easy to download and install. If you are looking to use WinGuard Pro commercially, then let me tell you that the free version is limited to one copy only, and you have to pay an additional fee based on the number of copies you want.

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I opened WinGuard Pro by clicking on to the desktop item, and a small password entry box appeared on the screen asking me to set the password.

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Since I hadn’t set any password yet, I decided to use the password given by the application and pressed Enter. The application window of WinGuard Pro opened on the screen and as you can see below under “Select a Task to Lock” you could actually see a list of various tasks like Default Windows, Devices and Printers, My Documents, Programs and Features, Task Manager and many more, which you can select and lock with a password. You can also add more tasks to lock through “Add my own Task to Lock” tab.

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Next, click on to the Settings tab, to put down your own password, hence from now on whenever you lock any tasks you would have to use this password only.

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You can look at the “Encryption” tab to not only protect your files with a password, but also with dedicated encryption methods to prevent unauthorized access.

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There are many settings available, including options to disable Windows Explorer, lock Internet Explorer or block software installation so that no one else can install a program on your Windows PC without your consent.

Deciding to test the application, I chose access to the Downloads folder, as the task and locked it with a password. Now when I clicked on the Downloads tab in the File Explorer, it opened very briefly, and the second moment disappeared behind the WinGuard log-on screen asking me to put in the password. Entering the password the Downloads folder normally.

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WinGuard Pro worked well at my end and allowed me to password protect my personal files,  folders and applications. I am listing down some the useful features that this freeware offers to its users:

  • Stop software installation without your consent
  • Lock or Encrypt your Files and Folders. Encrypt multiple directories (all sub directories) rather than just a single directory
  • Lock files, folders and even application
  • Compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Available as a freeware for single PC

WinGuard Pro download

If you are looking for an easy-to-use freeware, to password-protect your files & folders, restrict access to installed programs or built-in Windows application, you may definitely want to check out WinGuard Pro. It is all that it promises – and more!

Download your copy of WinGuard Pro 2014 here. You will see the download links at the right side. WinGuard Pro is free – you get 1 free PC License by default, to use anywhere. If you need more, you have to order them.

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Ankit Gupta is an Engineering graduate and an MBA post graduate. He brings with himself 3 years plus global writing experience on technology, travel & finance. Apart from having a great interest in following Microsoft, he also has a deep liking for wild life and travels to various wildlife conservatories to be with nature. He suggests that you always create a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware.
  • http://www.greggdeselms.com/ Gregg L. DesElms

    Sounds great! But there needs to be a portable version, so that one may use it to protect a flash drive.

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  • Ankit Gupta

    Thanks for your comment Gregg ! If I find it I will certainly let you know

  • http://www.greggdeselms.com/ Gregg L. DesElms

    I wrote to the dev about it. He replied that if the two files…

    * winguard.exe
    * ChilkatDotNet2.dll

    …are copied to the flash drive (I presume he meant to the root, thereof), then the app could be used in a portable manner by running the executable. He provided no other information, though invited me to email him if I had any more questions.

    I’ve not yet had time to try it, but it sure would be nice if it were all as simple as that!

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    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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  • Ankit Gupta

    Thanks for sharing that Gregg, may be i can try this !

  • Paul hines

    Hi, its Paul the from the dev team of WinGuard. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on WinGuard, its really good after 13 years of coding and updating it, to see users still like using it.

  • Paul hines

    Yes, these 2 files are all you need to use the encryption side of things.
    You see WinGuard 2013 is writing using .NET Framework 2.0. MS launched this around 2000 to replace the DDL Hell. WinGuard needs a version of .NET framework installed, either 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5. 3.5 is recommended, as it includes v2.0 and 3.0 as well.
    Programs written in .NET do not copy shared DLL files to system32, they are copied to the programs folder. Most of the other programs functionality comes from either the .NET framework or the legacy Windows API.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thanks for the wonderful program Paul, and thanks for dropping by! :)

  • http://www.apograph.com AdrianF

    Is it possible to protect a Network Share with this? I need to password protect a folder so that each time someone accesses it, you are prompted for a password.

  • ben

    I think mylockbox is another good option which is totally free. Also it’s easy to use and locks any folder in just few minutes. Also here: http://techzend.com/password-protect-folders-windows-81/ i have found that it sets a password hint in case you have forgotten your password.

  • jianke

    This code can’t do this for you. You can visit here to get the method to password protect a shared folder.

  • Vispy

    Anyone know what the default password is for the program?
    I installed the free version and did a restart as the program indicated, I have not even setup the program and it is asking me for a password. I am locked out of my computer.

  • Ankit Gupta

    Try putting in “letmein”

  • Vispy

    That worked. Thanks a bunch!

  • Paul hines

    You have to install the program on each computer you wanted protected, then configure WinGuard how you want it and finally Export the configuration and import it on all the other machines. You Import the Configuration by double-clicking the exported .Reg file into the Registry.
    The configuration affects all users of that computer.
    It was not designed with networks in-mind, so I don’t know how to set it up on a network, or, if it work as you want it on a network.

  • Makro

    i have heared about the pc security tooo ? can u tell me which is more better ? this or pc security ?

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