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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,484
United States Rank #21,766
Reach 0.0255%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.75 days
464.69 days >
Average installed length: 244.16 days


Version 7.4 XP Edition 0.20%
Version 7.1 Professional Edition 0.20%
9.1 42.15%
9.0 13.12%
8.4 12.92%
8.3.2 2.19%
8.3.1 1.79%
8.3 0.40%
8.2 7.36%
8.1 1.19%
8.0 2.78%
7.92 11.13%
7.91 1.39%
7.9 0.20%
7.82 0.20%
19.7 0.20%
18.7 0.20%
18.1 0.40%
10.4.1 0.20%
10.4 0.40%
10.3 0.40%
10.2 0.20%
10.0 0.80%

Folder Guard

What is Folder Guard?  (from WinAbility Software)

Folder Guard® is a powerful computer security program that you can use to control access to files, folders, and other Windows resources. You can use Folder Guard to lock your personal files and folders with passwords, to stop other users from peeking into your records. You can even completely hide your private folders ...  Read more


Folder Guard is a software program developed by WinAbility Software. The most common release is 9.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The setup package generally installs about 30 files and is usually about 5.19 MB (5,442,685 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 17% of users of Folder Guard come from the United States, it is also popular in Iran and India.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.winability.com/folderguard
Help link: www.winability.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Folder Guard
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Folder Guard\Setup64.exe" /U
Estimated size: 5.19 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Folder Guard

  • FGH32.DLL - Folder Guard Professional Edition (Folder Guard Dynamic Link Library)
  • FGKey.exe - Folder Guard Utility
  • FGuard.exe - Folder Guard Application
  • Setup.exe - Folder Guard Setup
  • FG_ERU.exe - Folder Guard XP Edition (Folder Guard Emergency Recovery Utility)
  • f.dll - Folder Guard
  • FG_ERU64.exe
  • FG32.exe
  • FG64.exe
  • FGA64.exe
  • FGH64.dll
  • FGKey64.exe
  • FGREMU.EXE - Folder Guard Remote Unlock utility
  • FGUARD64.dll
  • FGuard64.exe
  • FGUARD64.sys - Folder Guard Device Driver
  • Setup64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Context Menu Handlers
  • FGUARD64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Folder Guard' with a class of {D7D1D520-37AC-11d0-B20F-249700C10000}.
  • FGUARD32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Folder Guard' with a class of {D7D1D520-37AC-11d0-B20F-249700C10000}.
  • f.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Folder Guard' with a class of {D7D1D520-37AC-11d0-B20F-249700C10000}.
Scheduled Task
  • FGuard64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8A96423C-2517-4EA4-86A3-797290106D48}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • FG64.exe runs as a service named 'Folder Guard' (Folder Guard).
  • FG32.exe runs as a service named 'Folder Guard' (Folder Guard).
Startup File (User Run)
  • FGuard.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Folder Guard Professional Edition' and executes as C:\PROGRAMS\FGUARD\FGuard.exe.
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • FG64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FG_Monitor' which loads as C:\Program Files\Folder Guard\FG64.exe /Start.
  • FGKey.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Folder Guard' which loads as C:\Program Files\Folder Guard\FGKey.exe" /Start.
  • FG32.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FG_Monitor' which loads as C:\Program Files\Folder Guard\FG32.exe /Start.
  • FGKey64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FG_Monitor' which loads as C:\weding holl\Folder Guard\FGKey64.exe /Start.

How do I remove Folder Guard?

You can uninstall Folder Guard from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Folder Guard, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Folder Guard.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.52%
Windows 10 30.75%
Windows XP 7.54%
Windows Vista 0.99%
Windows Server 2003 0.20%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 32.47%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.14%
Windows 7 Professional 9.96%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.57%
Windows 10 Pro 5.18%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.78%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.39% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.39%
  Iran 13.64%
  India 10.47%
  DZ 7.91%
  United Kingdom 3.56%
  MA 2.96%
  Italy 2.77%
  BD 2.37%
  IQ 2.17%
  Canada 1.98%
  Egypt 1.98%
  Indonesia 1.98%
  France 1.98%
  Germany 1.78%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.93%
Hewlett-Packard 22.92%
ASUS 10.60%
Acer 10.32%
Lenovo 7.74%
Toshiba 5.44%
Samsung 3.15%
Intel 2.29%
American Megatrends 0.57%
Compaq 0.57%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 6.67%
Dell Inspiron N5010 4.76%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.76%
ASUS All Series 2.86%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.86%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.38%


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