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Folder Guard 10.1 released

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August 21, 2016.

A new version 10.1 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This is a minor update that offers several improvements to Folder Guard 10. In particular, Folder Guard is now available in several languages other than English.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 10.1 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Folder Guard 10 certified for Windows 10

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May 15, 2016.

A new version 10.0 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This is a major update that adds many new features and capabilities to Folder Guard, such as:

This version of Folder Guard passed the Microsoft tests and is now officially certified as compatible with Windows 10.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 10 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Folder Guard updated to version 9.1

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Folder Guard v.9.1 is available now! This is a minor update that corrects a few issues reported by the users of the previous version.

As before, Folder Guard 9.0 comes with a free 30-day license for you to try it out before purchasing it.

If you have not done so yet, feel free to download a free no-strings-attached-no-obligation evaluation version of Folder Guard and see for yourself how Folder Guard can be of use to you:

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Verrouillé vos dossiers et disques durs avec mot de passe


Dossiers "Password-Protect"

Si vous avez besoin de protéger vos dossiers avec des mots de passe sans encrypyer les fichier alors Folder Guard est un outil dont vous avez besoin. La protection avec mot de passe est instantanée cela dépend pas de combien de fichiers le dossiers contient ou de la taille des fichiers. Cependant la protection de passe n'a que l'effet sur votre ordinateur où Folder Guard est exécuté, si vous déplacez le dossier dans un autre ordinateur celui-ci ne sera pas protégé sauf si cet ordinateur à aussi Folder Guard installé et configuré. Lisez plus sur Folder Guard...

Encryption Disques durs externes USB

Si vous avez un disque dur externe tous les protégés avec un mot de passe, Alors USBCrypt et le logiciel dont vous avez besoin. Ce logiciel créer un espace en crypté sur votre disque dur externe qui vous permet de garder des fichiers sensibles. Vous pouvez utiliser ce disque dur en crypté avec d'autres ordinateurs qui n'ont pas USBCrypt installé. Si vous perdez ce disque dur en crypter vos fichiers seront protégés par un mot de passe que vous aurez choisi. Lisez plus à propos de USBCrypt...

Comment protéger un fichier avec un mot de passe grâce à Folder Guard

Vous pouvez utiliser le logiciel Folder Guard afin de protéger vos dossiers avec mot de passe.

Pour verrouiller vos fichiers avec un mot de passe : exécutée Folder Guard puis glissez et déposer le fichier que vous voulez protéger dans sa fenêtre, ou utilisé les commandes Wizard:

Use Folder Guard to protect folders with passwords
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Choisissez un mot de passe et appuyer sur OK. Prenez note que la petite clé jaune apparaît à côté de l'icône du fichier ceci est une indication que le fichier à un mot de passe assignée à celui-ci.

A présent revenons à la protection (ou faisons des changements) et essayer d'ouvrir le fichier que vous venez de protéger à travers la fenêtre Windows Explorer. Afin de trouver cette fenêtre cliquer sur le bouton Windows start, puis cliquez sur ordinateur ou mon ordinateur dans ce menu et naviguer juste vos fichiers que vous venez de dérouiller. finalement cliqué deux fois sur le fichier protégé sur le côté droit de la fenêtre Windows Explorer est un mot de passe vous sera demandée sur l'écran:

To open a password protected folder you must enter your password first
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Si vous avez rentré le bon mot de passe, le fichier devrait devenir accessible et vous devriez être capable de travailler sur les fichiers et les sous-dossiers que celui-ci contient sans restriction, comme d'habitude. Cependant si vous avez rentré le mauvais passe, le fichier restera protégé.

(Prenez note que pour déverrouiller le dossier de cette façon vous devez cliquez deux fois sur le fichier dans le panneau à droite dans la fenêtre Explorer si vous choisissez le dossier à gauche du panneau celui-ci vous montrera un fichier arbres le mot de passe ne sera a montré et vous aurez le message qui vous sera affiché à l'écran " Access Denied")

Maintenant que vous avez déverrouillé votre dossier essayer de fermer la fenêtre Windows Explorer et vous serez capable de voir un prompt afin de verrouiller à nouveau le fichier:

You are prompted to lock the folder when closing the Windows Explorer window
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Répondez oui et le fichier sera verrouillé à nouveau avec un avec un mot de passe et celui-ci restera inaccessible jusqu'à que vous ayez rentrer le mot de passe à nouveau.

De plus à la simple protection à mot de passe décrit ci-dessus, Folder Guard vous permet de personnaliser la façon dont cela fonctionne afin de correspondre à vos besoins spécifiques:

  • Vous pouvez demandé Folder Guard pour ajouter des commandes de vérouillage et déverrouillage dans le menu des raccourcis. Vous pouvez les utiliser pour le afin de verrouiller et déverrouillé les fichiers protégés par des mots de passe en faisant un clic droit au lieu (ou en plus de ) au double cliques sur les fichiers décrits ci-dessus.
  • Si vous dérouillez beaucoup de dossier avec des mots de passe vous pouvez tous les rendre accessibles en même temps en utilisant Folder Guard et met en pause la protection (vous allez avoir besoin de rentrer votre mot de passe Matser, bien sûr) Quand vous avez terminé de travailler avec des fichiers protégés exécutés et choisissez bureau prends la protection afin de verrouiller tous les dossiers en même temps avec un clic.
  • Au lieu de verouiller vos fichiers est aussi avec moi passe vous pouvez les cacher complètement !

Et plus ! Télécharger la version complète d'essaie et donné lui une chance. Si vous ne l'aimez pas utiliser le panneau de contrôle Windows pour le désinstaller.

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Bloquea carpetas y unidades de disco con contraseñas


Carpetas Protegidas con contraseña

Si desea proteger carpetas con contraseñas sin cifrar los archivos, Folder Guard es la herramienta que necesitas. La protección por contraseña es instantánea, sin importar la cantidad de archivos en la carpeta o el tamaño de los archivos. Sin embargo, la protección tiene efecto sólo en tú equipo, donde Folder Guard se ejecuta: si mueve la carpeta a otro equipo, no estará protegida, a menos que el otro equipo se haya instalado y configurado Folder Guard. Lea más acerca de Folder Guard...

Encripte Unidades USB externas

Si usted tiene una unidad externa que desea proteger con contraseña, USBCrypt es el software que necesita. Este software crea un área encriptada en el disco duro externo que se puede utilizar para cuidar y proteger sus archivos importantes y personales. Puede utilizar la unidad USB cifrada con otros equipos que no tengan instalado el software USBCrypt. Si pierde la unidad, los archivos estarán protegidos con la contraseña que hayas elegido. Leer más sobre USBCrypt...

Cómo proteger una carpeta con contraseña utilizando Folder Guard

Puedes utilizar Folder Guard para proteger carpetas con contraseñas.

Para bloquear una carpeta con contraseña: ejecuta Folder Guard y arrastra y suelta la carpeta que deseas proteger a la ventana, o elija el Wizard:

Use Folder Guard to protect folders with passwords
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Elija una contraseña y pulse Aceptar. Revise que símbolo amarillo ha aparecido junto al icono de la carpeta, es la indicación de que esta carpeta tiene una contraseña individual asignada.

Verifique la protección (o aplicaque cambios) y trata de abrir la carpeta que acabas de proteger a través de una ventana del exploirador de Windows. Esto es, clic en el botón de Inicio de Windows, haga clic en Equipo (o Mi PC) en el menú Inicio y navegue a la carpeta que haya bloqueado. Por último, haga doble clic en la carpeta protegida en la ventana derecha del explorador de Windows, y una solicitud de contraseña deberá aparecer en pantalla:

To open a password protected folder you must enter your password first
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Si ha introducido la contraseña correcta, la carpeta debe ser capaz de trabajar con los archivos y subcarpetas que contiene, sin restricciones, como es de costumbre. Sin embargo, si no se introduce la contraseña correcta, la carpeta seguirá protegida.

(Tenga en cuenta que para poder abrir la carpeta, es necesario hacer doble clic en la carpeta en el panel derecho de la ventana del explorador de Windows. Si selecciona la carpeta en el panel de la izquierda del árbol de carpetas, el mensaje de contraseña no se mostrará y el mensaje "Acceso denegado" será mostrado.)

Ahora, después de abrir la carpeta, intente cerrar la ventana del explorador de Windows, verá un mensaje para bloquear la carpeta de nuevo:

You are prompted to lock the folder when closing the Windows Explorer window
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Acepte y la carpeta será bloqueada nuevamente con la contraseña, y se podrá acceder hasta que introduzca la contraseña correcta.

Además de la protección por contraseña, Folder Guard ofrece personalizar la forma en que funciona para satisfacer sus necesidades específicas:

  • Puede usar Folder Guard para añadir el bloqueo y desbloqueo al menú contextual de Windows. Para bloquear y desbloquear las carpetas protegidas con contraseña, haga clic derecho sobre la carpeta, en lugar de un doble clic en las carpetas como se describió anteriormente.
  • Si ha bloqueado muchas carpetas con contraseñas, acceder a ellas mediante la ejecución de Folder Guard y pausar la ejecucción de protección (tendrá que introducir la contraseña principal!) Cuando haya terminado de trabajar con las carpetas protegidas, vuelva a ejecutar Folder Guard y seleccione reanudar la protección, para bloquear todas las carpetas con un solo clic.
  • En lugar de bloquear los archivos y carpetas, puedes ocultarlas completamente.

¡Y contiene mucho más! No dudes en descargar la versión de prueba totalmente que es funcional completamente y dale una oportunidad. Si no te gusta, utilice el panel de control de Windows para desinstalar.

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Ordner und Laufwerke mit Passwörtern schützen


Passwort-Protect Folders

Wenn Sie Ordner mit Passwörtern ohne Verschlüsselung der Dateien schützen wollen, dann ist Folder Guard das Werkzeug, das Sie brauchen. Der Passwortschutz ist sofort aktiv, egal wie viele Dateien der Ordner enthält oder wie groß die Dateien sind. Allerdings ist der Passwortschutz nur auf Ihrem Computer aktiv, auf dem Folder Guard läuft: wenn Sie den Ordner auf einen anderen Computer verschieben, wird er nicht geschützt, es sei denn, dass auf dem Computer-Folder Guard installiert und konfiguriert wurde. Lesen Sie mehr über Folder Guard ...

Verschlüsseln Sie externe USB-Laufwerke

Wenn Sie eine externe Festplatte mit einem Passwort schützen wollen, dann ist USBCrypt die Software die Sie benötigen. Diese Software erstellt einen verschlüsselten Bereich auf dem externen Laufwerk, das Sie verwenden können, um Ihre sensiblen Dateien zu behalten. Sie können das verschlüsselte Laufwerk auf anderen Computern nutzen, die nicht USBCrypt Software installiert haben. Wenn Sie das verschlüsselte Laufwerk verlieren, werden Ihre Dateien sicher mit dem Passwort, das Sie gewählt haben, geschützt werden. Lesen Sie mehr über USBCrypt...

Wie einen Ordner mit Folder Guard passwortgeschützt machen

Sie können die Folder Guard-Software nutzen, um Ordner mit Passwörtern zu schützen.

Um einen Ordner mit einem Passwort zu schützen: Führen Sie Folder Guard aus und ziehen Sie den Ordner, den Sie schützen wollen, in das Fenster, oder wählen Sie den Assistenten aus:

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Um einen Ordner mit einem Passwort zu schützen: Führen Sie Folder Guard aus und ziehen Sie den Ordner, den Sie schützen wollen, in das Fenster, oder wählen Sie den Assistenten aus.

Jetzt aktivieren Sie wieder den Schutz (oder übernehmen Sie die Änderungen) und versuchen Sie, den Ordner, den Sie geschützt haben, nur über ein Windows-Explorer-Fenster zu öffnen. Das heißt, auf der Windows-Schaltfläche Start drücken, klicken Sie dann auf Computer (oder Arbeitsplatz) im das Startmenü, und navigieren Sie zu dem Ordner, den Sie gesperrt haben. Schließlich doppelklicken Sie auf den geschützten Ordner im rechten Fenster vom Windows Explorer,eine Passwortabfrage sollte auf dem Bildschirm erscheinen:

To open a password protected folder you must enter your password first
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Wenn Sie das richtige Passwort eingegeben haben, sollte der Ordner ungeschützt sein und Sie sollten in der Lage sein, mit den Dateien und Unterordner, die er enthält, ohne Einschränkungen wie gewohnt zu arbeiten. Wenn Sie allerdings nicht in das korrekte Passwort eingegeben, wird der Ordner geschützt bleiben.

(Beachten Sie, dass Sie, um den Ordner auf diese Weise zu entsperren, Sie auf den Ordne im rechten Fenster des Windows Explorer-Fenster doppelklicken müssen. Wenn Sie den Ordner in der linken Leiste auswählen, welche die Ordner-Struktur zeigt, wird die Passwortabfrage nicht angezeigt, und die "Zugriff verweigert"-Meldung stattdessen angezeigt werden.)

Jetzt, nachdem Sie den Ordner freigegeben haben, versuchen Sie das Windows-Explorer-Fenster zu schließen, und Sie sollten eine Eingabeaufforderung angezeigt bekommen, um den Ordner wieder zu sperren:

You are prompted to lock the folder when closing the Windows Explorer window
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Drücken Sie Ja, und der Ordner wird wieder mit dem Passwort gesperrt werden, und bleibt unzugänglich, bis Sie das richtige Passwort erneut eingeben.

Zusätzlich zu dem grundlegenden Passwortschutz oben beschrieben, lässt der Folder Guard Sie die Funktionen anpassen, um Ihren spezifischen Anforderungen zu entsprechen:

  • Sie können in Folder Guard die Lock und Unlock Befehle direkt ins Windows-Kontextmenü implementieren. Sie können sie nutzen, um die passwortgeschützten Ordner mit der rechten Maustaste zu sperren und zu entsperren, anstelle vom (oder zusätzlich zum) Doppelklick auf den Ordner wie oben beschrieben.
  • Wenn Sie viele Ordner mit Passwörtern gesperrt haben, können Sie sie alle auf einmal zugänglich machen, indem Sie in Folder Guard den Schutz pausieren (Sie müssen Ihr Master-Passwort zusätzlich eingeben!) Wenn Sie mit den geschützten Ordner fertig sind, führen Sie Folder Guard aus, und wählen Sie aus, den Schutz wieder aufzunehmen, um alle Ordner auf einmal mit einem Klick zu sperren.
  • Anstelle des Sperrens von Dateien und Ordnern mit Passwörtern, können Sie diese auch komplett verstecken!

Und vieles mehr! Fühlen Sie sich so frei, die voll funktionsfähige Testversion herunterzuladen und es auszuprobieren. Wenn Sie es nicht mögen, verwenden Sie die Windows-Systemsteuerung, um es zu deinstallieren.

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Using Folder Guard to protect from the “social engineering” attacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test recently to see how easy it could be to trick people into plugging random USB sticks into their computers and potentially infect them with malware. The test showed that the human factor is possibly the weakest link in the computer security: your network may have the best firewall, you can have the strongest policies prohibiting the users from downloading random files from the Internet, yet all that is useless when people have little hesitation in using the USB sticks they find on the company parking lot.

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Microsoft has attempted to address such a problem somewhat by disabling the AutoRun feature for the USB sticks in Windows 7. Still, it leaves a rouge program on the USB stick just a few clicks away from running. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stop running programs from the USB sticks completely?

It’s possible to achieve that with our software Folder Guard, by creating a file access filter that would restrict access to the files on the removable drives. Let us show how to do that in detail:

Run Folder Guard, and switch to the window that shows the existing filters, by choosing View – Filters from the menu. If you use one of the latest versions of Folder Guard, you should see a filter that we need already in the list, it’s called Lock external drives:

If you don’t see this filter in the list, it’s easy to create it: choose Filter – New from the menu, and then enter the properties of the filters as follows:

(If the properties of the existing filter on your computer are different, you may want to edit them to make them match the image above. To edit the contents of a box, press the triple-dot button next to it.)

To see how this filter would work for us, it’s easier to separate our goal into parts first. Remember, we want to:

Part 1. Restrict access…
Part 2. To any file…
Part 3. Located on any removable drive.

Part 1 is easy: all we need to do is assign the No Access attribute to the filter, and this would stop any attempt to open a file that would match the filter. To do that, right-click on the filter and choose Access – No Access from the shortcut menu. (See below.)

Part 2 of our goal is pretty easy, too: to specify that a filter should apply to all files, enter the mask consisting of a single star character into the Apply To Files box. (Actually, we could just leave that box empty, because an empty Apply To… box means Apply To All, which is what we need. Still, entering the star character there makes it a bit more explicit, so let’s do that.)

Part 3 of our goal is the trickiest one: how would we specify that the filter should apply to any folder located on a removable drive? We could do it using the drive letters: when someone attaches a drive to a computer, Windows creates a drive letter for it. The problem is, however, that it is difficult if not impossible to predict which letter would be assigned to any specific drive. Usually Windows does it sequentially, but the user can change the drive letter, and what if the user attaches several removable drives at once?

We could list all possible drive letters in the Apply to Folders box, but instead of that, it’s easier to specify which drive(s) and folder(s) the filter should NOT apply to. Most computers have a single hard drive, C:, so if we specify that a filter should apply to any drive but C: that would work for our goal. That’s why we used the mask C:* in the Except folders box of our filter: it would exclude any folder that starts with C: from the scope of the filter, just what we want.

What about the second mask in the Except folders box, \\* ? It is there to exclude any path that starts with the double-backslash. Such paths are used to specify files on the network, such as \\server\share\. This way, we exclude the network files and folders from the scope of the filter, because we don’t want it to apply to the network files.

The final mask of the Except folders box, *:\RECYCLE.BIN, excludes the Recycle Bin folder on any drive from the scope of the filter. If it were not there, then Windows would not be able to access the Recycle Bin folders on the removable drives, and it would probably make it complain that the Recycle Bin on each removable drive is corrupted. To avoid such problems, we exclude the Recycle bin folder from the scope of the filter, so Windows would have an unrestricted access to it.

Now, if there are other drives permanently attached to the computer and you want the users to be able to use such drives without restrictions, you should add the appropriate masks to the Except folders box, too. (You can separate masks with comas, semicolons, or line breaks). For example, if your computer has a DVD drive that has the drive letter D: and you want the users to use the DVD drive without restrictions, modify the content of the Except folders box to read as follows: (Press the […] button to modify the content of the box.)

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C:*;D:*;\\*;*:\RECYCLE.BIN

The rest of the filter properties can be left empty. An empty Apply to box means Apply to all and an empty Except for box means Except for none. We have entered a star character in the Apply to files box, to emphasize that it should apply to all files, but we could have left the box empty, it would produce the same result as the star character.

Now that we have created the filter that we need, it’s time to apply a restricting attribute to it. If you want to completely lock access to the removable drives, assign the No access attribute to the filter:

The result of the No access attribute would be that the users would be prevented from both opening the files from the external devices, and saving the files to them. This way, if someone attaches a USB stick to the computer protected with such a filter, he or she would not be able to use the stick at all.

What if at some point you do need to access a removable drive? Just pause the protection of Folder Guard, perform the task, then resume the protection back (no Windows restart required!).

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How to unhide a folder hidden with Folder Guard

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If you've used Folder Guard to lock a folder with a password, it's obvious how to unprotect such a folder: just double-click on the folder's icon, enter your password, and the folder would be unlocked. However, what if you have set up the folder to be hidden altogether? In such a case, when you browse your computer, you would not see the folder in the Explorer windows, and there would be no icon to double-click on! So, how to unlock the folder if it's invisible?

The solution is simple: use any of the available methods offered by Folder Guard to pause the protection, and that should make any hidden folders instantly visible:

Folder Guard offers several tools to display such a screen:

  • You can pause or resume the protection at any time by running Folder Guard using its Desktop shortcut or Windows Start menu.
  • You may want to set up a hot key to give yourself quick access to the Pause/Resume Protection command by pressing a key combination of your choice.
  • You can also enable the option to display a Folder Guard icon on Windows taskbar next to the clock, and click on that icon to get access to the Resume/Pause Protection command:

When you are done using the folder, how to hide the hidden folder back? Use any of the same tools listed above, but this time choose to Resume the protection:

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Folder Guard 8.4 released

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We’ve just released an updated version 8.4 of our password-protection software Folder Guard that corrects several minor issues:

  • A problem has been corrected that caused the hidden folder attribute not to be applied properly in some situations.
  • A problem has been corrected that caused the desktop icons to become hidden after disabling the protection in some situations.
  • A problem has been corrected that in some situations caused the Toggle Protection command not to accept the password even if the correct password was entered.
  • Several other minor improvements and corrections have been made.

If you did not experience these problems, you may want to skip this update. Or, please feel free to download it from our web site and give it a try. As before, if you have purchased your Folder Guard license within the previous 12 months, you can upgrade to Folder Guard 8.4 free of charge. Otherwise, please use the upgrade web page to order the new license and receive the automatic 50% discount.

How to restrict Internet Explorer from downloading programs from the Internet

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It’s possible to set up Folder Guard to stop downloads of programs with any web browser, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and so on.

Suppose you don’t want users to download programs from the Internet, yet you would rather not to block the Internet access completely and allow the users to to browse the web sites, use email, etc.

For such a goal, you could set up Folder Guard to restrict Internet Explorer from downloading the programs from the Internet. Folder Guard lets you create the file access filters. You could create a filter that would apply to any executable file or a script, but skip other files. You would assign the Read-only attribute to such a filter, and that would stop any attempt to create a new executable file (and thus prevent downloading them!), while allow the use of the existing programs.

To do that, run Folder Guard and choose View – Filters command from the menu to switch to the Filters view. The filter we need may already be there, look for the name Stop common downloads. If it’s not in the list, choose the Filter – New command from the menu to start creating a new filter. Click on the […] button next to the Apply to files box to specify which files this filter should apply to. The names of the executable files have the extension .exe, so you need to specify the mask *.exe to make the filter apply to any such file. You don’t want the users to download the DLL files either, so add the mask *.dll to the list, too. In fact, add a few other masks to make the filter apply to the files commonly used to run scripts, as well (because you probably don’t want the users to run arbitrary scripts!). Here is the text of the Apply to files box that you can use as a starting point for the list:

*.bat;*.cmd;*.com;*.dll;*.download;*.exe;*.hta;*.msi;*.paf;*.rar;*.scr;*.vb*;*.ws;*.wsf;

Your may need to make some modifications to this list: for example, if your users are supposed to be able to modify the BAT scripts, remove the *.bat mask from the list.

Leave the rest of the properties of the new filter empty:

Press OK to close the properties window. If it’s a new filter you’ve just created, you will be prompted to enter a name for the filter. Give it a meaningful name such as Stop common downloads to remind yourself later on why you’ve created the filter:

After the filter has been created, move it to the top of the list (using the Move Up command on the Filter menu) and assign the Read-only attribute to it (by, for example, clicking on the Read-only button in the toolbar):

(You may have other filters in the list, you can leave them as they are: if they have no icons in front of them, they will have no effect).

A couple more things to do: check the Trusted Users list of Folder Guard and verify that the SYSTEM user is there. Also check the Trusted programs list, and make sure the following programs are listed:

C:/Windows/System32/wuauclt.exe
C:/Windows/servicing/TrustedInstaller.exe

The above entries ensure that Windows Update has an unrestricted access to all files and folders of your computer. Without them, the filter we’ve created would prevent Windows Update from installing the updates.

At this point Folder Guard is ready to start protecting your computer. Apply the changes (or resume the protection) and test it by trying to download a few programs from various web sites. (If you a looking for a few files to test, you are welcome to use the download page of our web site.)

If you try to download an executable file with Internet Explorer while the filter is in effect, the following error message is displayed:

Other web browsers could give similar messages, or they could just sit there forever expecting the download to start. The end result is, the users cannot download programs anymore while they still can use the existing programs!

What if at some point you do need to download or install a new program, or remove an exiting one? Well, just pause the protection of Folder Guard, perform the task, then resume the protection back (no Windows restart required).

One side effect of the protection we’ve just set up is that the filter will not only prevent downloading the programs, but it will also prevent installing or copying programs from/to the CD or removable drives. It may be a good thing, or not, depending on your specific requirements. If you want the users to be able to run programs from the removable drives while the Stop downloading filter is in effect, you need to create another filter that would specifically allow full access to the executable files located on the removable drives.

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