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Icon Shepherd v.22.5 released

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May 9, 2022.

Good news: A new version 22.5 of Icon Shepherd software is available now!

This update offers improved compatibility with older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7.

As before, you can use Icon Shepherd on one computer at your home, free of charge. (For other uses, an appropriate license must be purchased.) 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 Icon Shepherd license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge. For the earlier purchasers an upgrade discount is available.

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Folder Guard updated to v.22.5

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May 5, 2022.

A new version 22.5 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 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 license 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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How to create a private folder in Windows 11 and 10

So, you let your kids play games on the PC, but you don't want them to mess up your bank statements or tax returns? Or, maybe you are writing a memoir and don't want someone else to take a peek into it before it's ready? Wouldn't it be handy to create a secret folder on your computer to keep your private files and documents?

Download and install Folder Guard

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Our software Folder Guard is a tool that we've specifically designed to make it easy to create a private folder and stop other users from getting into that folder. Before you can use this software, you need to download and install it, if you have not done so yet. The download is free and it includes a 30-day license of full use, no credit card required. If you don't find it useful, use Windows settings to uninstall it from the computer, just like any other software (no hard feelings!).

Launch Folder Guard

After you have installed Folder Guard, use its icon on the desktop to run it. The first time time you start Folder Guard, it prompts you to set up the folder protection:

Set up folder protection with Folder Guard

If you've used Folder Guard before, you should see a bit different screen with the link to change folder protection settings at the bottom:

Change folder protection settings of Folder Guard

Decide how you want to protect the private folder

Do you want to set up a private folder so that when someone opens it, they would need to enter a password to see what's inside of the folder? If so, Folder Guard can password protect folder of your choice. This method of protection is convenient, because all you need to do to start working with the private files is press the Unlock button and enter the correct password. However, what if someone else comes across this folder while browsing the computer and see the Unlock button? Maybe you don't want them to know you have a private folder at all?

If you don't want them even to see the private folder, can use another method of folder protection offered by Folder Guard: you can hide folder by restricting its visibility!

Choose the folder that you want to be private

If you are only trying Folder Guard out, you may want to create a test folder on the desktop or under the Documents folder, or somewhere else on your computer. Press the Browse for folder button and select the folder that you want to become hidden:

Select the folder that you want to make private folder

Make the private folder hidden

You want the folder you've chosen to be hidden, so select the appropriate visibility option on the next screen:

Hide the private folder

Restrict access to the private folder

Press Next, and another screen should appear giving you options for restricting access to the private folder. Select the No access option, to make sure that if someone were to guess the name of our private folder and attempt to open files in it without actually seeing the folder, such attempts would be prevented by Folder Guard:

Restricting user access to the private folder

Enable the protection of folders

After you've set up the restrictions for the private folder, the last step is you need to tell Folder Guard to start protecting the computer using the settings you've just created. To do that, press the Protect button on the toolbar, or press Apply if the protection is already on. You can also exit Folder Guard application and reply Yes when it prompts you to continue to protect the system:

Resuming protection of the private folder with Folder Guard

From now on, if you or someone else attempts to use Windows File Explorer to browse your computer, you should not see the private folder among other files and folders. However, what if you want to open the private folder and add a file to it or work with the private files already there? Run Folder Guard using the desktop icon or Start menu, and choose Pause the folder protection:

Pause protection of the private folder

Enter the Folder Guard password that you've set up when you've installed Folder Guard, and the protection will pause: your private folder should become visible and accessible again. You can open the files from the private folder, edit them, save the files back, as usual. When done making changes to your private files, run Folder Guard again and choose to resume the protection:

Resume protection of the private folder

The private folder should become hidden again.

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As you can see, Folder Guard is making it easy to create and maintain a private Windows folder. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download Folder Guard free of charge. It comes with a free 30-day license of full use, no credit card required to try it.

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How to restrict access to Windows Settings with Folder Guard

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Windows Settings is an essential part of Windows user interface that you use to, well, change the settings of Windows 10 or Windows 11 and tweak it to your liking. However, what if you share your Windows computer with someone who you don't want to mess with your finely tuned computing system?

Folder Guard to the rescue! You can use Folder Guard to set up a restriction that would prevent user access to Windows Settings. You, the administrator, would still be able to use Windows Settings when needed, after entering your password to pause the protection performed by Folder Guard. Here is how to do it:

1. Run Folder Guard as usual to change its protection settings, select the Restricted view of its window, and press the Restrict a file or a folder link:

Folder Guard list of the restricted files and folders

2. Press the Browse for folder and select the following folder:

C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel

Select the target folder to restrict access to

Press Next and on the Visibility Restrictions page leave the visibility default, which means that Folder Guard will not restrict the visibility of this folder. Why? Because for our purposes we don't care if this folder is visible or not, what we want is restrict access to this file, not hide it from the view:

Select default visibility for the folder

The next page is where we are actually setting up the restriction that will prevent users from accessing Windows Settings. Select the No Access option:

Restrict access to Windows Settings folder

Press OK to close the wizard, and then press the Protect or Apply buttons on the toolbar to make the changes we've made to take effect:

Apply changes to the restrictions

Now you can exit Folder Guard application (confirm that you want the protection to remain in effect after exiting the application).

The last but not least: restart Windows, by pressing the Start button and choosing Power - Restart from the menu. This restart is necessary because Windows might be already using the Windows Settings files, before you've set up the restriction. After the restart, Windows will be forced to reload the files, and our restriction would prevent it from doing that.

After Windows has been restarted, if someone attempts to open Windows Settings, they should only see a blank window flashing for a second or so. Note that not only the Settings command on Start menu will be restricted, but many other related commands as well. For example, if you run File Explorer, right-click on This PC, and select Properties, the command should be restricted. Or if you right-click on the Network icon in the taskbar notification area and select Network and Internet Settings from the menu, it should not open either. And so on!

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That should stop other users from using Windows Settings, but what if you, the administrator, need to use it at some point? Just pause the protection (you will be prompted to enter your Master Password of Folder Guard), and that would enable you to use Windows Settings as usual:

Pause protection to gain access to Windows Settings

After you are all done with the changes to Windows Settings, resume the protection back. Verify that Windows Settings became restricted again; if not, a Windows restart may be needed.

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Suspending all sales to fascist Russia

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are suspending all sales to any entity located in or associated with Russia.

An exception may be granted, at our sole discretion, to an entity which would provide a sufficient proof of a sizable donation to one of the internationally recognized charities providing support to Ukraine and its people.

Glory to Ukraine!

Folder Guard v.22.3 released

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March 3, 2022.

A new version 22.3 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 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 license 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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Active Exit v.22.1 released

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January 15, 2022.

A new version 22.1 of ActiveExit is available now for download and purchase!

This update offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, ActiveExit is free for the home users. For the business customers, the "lite" trial version of ActiveExit comes with a free license for 30 days of full use on up to 5 computers. 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 ActiveExit license 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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AB Commander v.22.1 released

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January 3, 2022.

A new version 22.1 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This update offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander 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.

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AB Commander 21.12 released

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December 7, 2021.

A new version 21.12 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This update offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander 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.

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AB Commander v.21.10 released

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October 1, 2021.

A new version 21.10 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This update offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander 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 AB Commander 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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