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Handy Folders 3.5.2

What is Handy Folders?  (from Resort Labs)

If you have many files distributed among different folders, and do not like to expand each time the same multi-level structure to reach your files, the Handy Folders utility is for you! Create a list of your favorite folders like you do in the Internet browser - but expand it to your own PC drives, LAN, or ftp sites, -...  Read more


Handy Folders 3.5.2 is a software program developed by Resort Labs. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. 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 6 files and is usually about 2.79 MB (2,926,937 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 90% of users of Handy Folders come from the United States, it is also popular in Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.resortlabs.com/handy-folders/handy-folders.php
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Handy Folders\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Handy Folders\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 2.79 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Handy Folders 3.5.2

  • folders.dll - Handy Folders
  • hf_hook.dll
  • hf_tray.exe
  • folders1.dll
  • hf_install.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • folders.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Handy Folders' with a class of {BB3A7616-DD49-4F28-BB0A-12D0444FEAB7}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • folders.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Handy Folders' with the class of {D8168918-45A1-4514-A2DB-2263A6C58D44}.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • folders.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Handy Folders' with a class of {D8168918-45A1-4514-A2DB-2263A6C58D44}.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • hf_tray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Handy Folders' which loads as C:\Program Files\Handy Folders\hf_tray.exe.

How do I remove Handy Folders?

You can uninstall Handy Folders 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 Handy Folders 3.5.2, 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 Handy Folders.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Handy Folders 3.5.2 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 10 20%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.00%
Windows Vista 20.00%
Windows 10 20.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 50.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 25.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 25.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.00%
  Australia 10.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.00%
Dell 20.00%
ASUS 20.00%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 25.00%
HP EliteBook 8770w 25.00%
Gigabyte EP45-DS3R 25.00%
Dell Inspiron 530s 25.00%


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