Password protect and restrict access to installed programs using AppAdmin

We have seen how you can prevent users from installing programs or prevent programs from running, or configure Windows to run only specified programs, using the Group Policy in Windows 7. AppAdmin is a free tool that lets you easily password protect and restrict access to installed programs.

Password protect applications

The program now has the capability to password protect and restrict any application like Windows Live Messenger, Skype, etc. installed on your computer, from running, in seconds.

The latest version has added two new features:

  1. Inclusion of Password option
  2. Improved block speed

AppAdmin has a very simple user interface. It does not encrypt any data so there is no possible danger of losing data. The application however does not  remember or save your entered password.

Every time you want to access the program, you will be required to input the password and choose to block/unblock applications. One also has the option to change the password and apply a new one.

After you have installed AppAdmin, just drag and drop an application or select the application using the ‘Block’ button to list the application in Block List.

To remove the application from blocked state you just have to delete it from the list.

Once the application has been listed in the AppAdmin program it will generate a MD5 hash, unique to that specific application.

Anyone with the dubious intentions trying to access the program and change the file name will not succeed in his wrong-doings, unless the app is unblocked by you. The program issues a warning when accessed.

AppAdmin does serve the purpose for which it has been designed, very well. The only downside of the application is that features like protection of individual files, folders and multiple file restrictions are missing.

NOTE: This tool isn’t free now. Use our freeware Windows Program Blocker instead.

You may also want to check out two other similar tools DeskLock and Empathy; and how to password protect the use of Internet Explorer natively.

Want to prevent copy-paste, cut-paste, delete, copy to, move to, send to, etc? Try our freeware Prevent!

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. David

    It’s free? NO, it is not what you say!

  2. It was free. It doesn’t seem to be now. Hence link removed. See instead. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Moustafa Borhan

    you can do this using the local group policy directly and there is no need to install this app

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