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What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,081
United States Rank #2,090
Reach 0.3119%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.66 days
520.90 days >
Average installed length: 273.69 days

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Protected Folder

What is Protected Folder?  (from IObit)

Protected Folder is designed to password-protect your folders and files from being seen, read or modified. It works like a safety box, just drag and drop the folders or files you want to hide or protect into Protected Folder, then no one can see, read or modify them. Whether you are concerned with privacy, data theft, ...  Read more


Protected Folder is a program developed by IObit. 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 main program executable is protectedfolder.exe. The software installer includes 17 files and is usually about 8.32 MB (8,728,050 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 49% of users of Protected Folder come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.IObit.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\IObit\Protected Folder\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\IObit\Protected Folder\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 8.32 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Protected Folder

Program executable:protectedfolder.exe
Name:Protected Folder
Path:C:\Program Files\iobit\protected folder\protectedfolder.exe
Additional files:
  • bak.PfShellExtension.dll - Protected Folder (Protected Folder Shell Extension)
  • PfCheckService.exe - Protected Folder service check
  • pf-setup.exe - Protected Folder Setup
  • PfShellExtension.dll
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • PfShellExtension.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'PfMenu' with a class of {2F844462-7CB8-489C-828C-32A6422506AF}.
  • bak.PfShellExtension.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'PfMenu' with a class of {2F844462-7CB8-489C-828C-32A6422506AF}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • ProtectedFolder.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A911799B-B7BD-4551-8BB8-C4A36F5A0861}' (runs on registration).
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8E173B78-7FDE-4E67-A3C5-73BC1DDC6190}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Protected Folder?

You can uninstall Protected Folder 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 Protected Folder, 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 Protected Folder.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 10 0%
Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.01%
Windows 10 29.36%
Windows XP 6.77%
Windows Vista 5.83%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.15%
Windows 7 Professional 8.02%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.76%
Windows 8.1 6.74%
Windows 10 Home 5.36%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.03%
  United Kingdom 4.89%
  Germany 3.66%
  Canada 3.01%
  India 2.68%
  Italy 2.62%
  Australia 2.10%
  France 2.00%
  Brazil 1.97%
  Netherlands 1.47%
  Sweden 1.29%
  BD 1.15%
  Spain 1.14%
  DZ 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.41%
Dell 22.68%
Acer 17.00%
ASUS 8.78%
Toshiba 8.62%
Lenovo 3.57%
Samsung 3.24%
Intel 1.62%
American Megatrends 1.14%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.93%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.30%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.24%
ASUS All Series 2.53%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.04%
Dell Inspiron 3521 1.96%

About (from IObit)

Founded in 2004 by two creative and enthusiastic programmers, IObit is focused on providing consumers with innovative and comprehensive system utilities and security software for superior PC performance and security.
Publisher URL: www.iobit.com


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