Is Long Path Tool safe? Are there any alternatives I can use?

Ranj Ao avatar. By: Ranj Ao
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Long Path Tool is a shareware program provided by KrojamSoft that, as its name suggests, helps you fix a dozen issues you’ll face when a file’s path is too long. Those issues include not being able to copy, cut, or delete the files in question because its path is too long. 

Is Long Path Tool safe?

This program has been in the center of a number of controversies. It has allegations against it ranging from spamming on other sites to putting a file on your computer that you’ll be unable to delete it until you buy a license for their program.

Spamming allegations

There have been a number of reports from users that the owners of Long Path Tool have been spamming their sites and promoting their own tool. Some complaints have surfaced on MyWOT (A site that checks the safety and integrity of websites).  A user by the name Victorspin has commented, “These clowns have an ongoing campaign spamming a software website. *Update*: a year later and we’re still getting spammed. So annoying.”

Is Long Path Tool harmful?

The complaints don’t end with them promoting their site by spamming. There also have been users reporting that they only let you use the trial for their program for a test. This test consists of the program creating a super long path that you can’t delete it with normal methods. You may have guessed it, the only way to delete that path is by buying a license to their program. While it may be true that it is technically not a virus or a malware, but I think that we can all agree that if the claims are true, this marketing behavior is unethical and unacceptable.

At the end, the evidence isn’t conclusive to say it is a malicious software for certain. The complaints aren’t so widespread to pass a judgment on it once and for all. We even contacted their customer support to get a statement concerning the allegations, but they didn’t provide any explanations, only claiming that those allegations against them were ‘unfair‘. Do you think the risks are worth it? Is the price worth it? In the rest of this article, we’ll list a couple of free alternatives to Long Path Tool, so you can avoid this software if you want.

Read also: Windows 10 virus removal tools to vanquish malware for good.

Alternatives to Long Path Tool

LockHunter

LockHunter is a software that deletes files locked by other processes (that includes malware and harmful programs). The program is free and integrates into the Explorer menu; you only have to right click on the desired folder or file and the program does the rest for you. Just to contrast, on MyWOT: LockHunter has a trustworthiness of 91, while LongPathTool has 5.


FileASSASSIN

Another free program that assassinates locked files. FileASSASSIN is developed by Malwarebytes, a company that specializes in fighting malware. They claim to fix a variety of other errors when dealing with undeletable files, ranging from Cannot delete file: Access is denied to The source or destination file may be in use. On what makes their program unique, they wrote it uses, “Advanced programming techniques unload modules, close remote handles, and terminate processes in order to remove the particular locked file.” 

Download FileASSASSIN


Unlocker

This program not only enables you to delete locked files and folders, but it also helps with renaming them too. Like LockHunter, this program also intigrates with Explorer and is just a click away. This is, by far, the most popular program, and it supports 17 languages. The only reason it didn’t come up earlier in the list is that the last update it received was on May of 2013. It is considered discontinued, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fully functional.

Download Unlocker

Read also: Fix: “You have been denied permission to access this folder” error.


DeepRemove

DeepRemove is an open source program that deletes hierarchies of folders that windows can’t deal with. There is two versions of the program: one created with C# that has a user interface and deletes the folders by calling Kernal32, the other, created with C++, doesn’t have a user interface and deletes the folders by using the C++ standard library (STL). The latter version must be run using the command line. You can find both versions and the source code on the project’s GitHub.

In this article, we examined the popular Long Path Tool, and whether it is safe for use or not with a couple of testimonials. Then we provided a number of free programs to use if you felt like you couldn’t trust Long Path Tool. Have you had any experience with the program and how it went? Did we forget a good alternative tool? Have you faced any issues none of these tools could fix? Please tell us in the comments section.

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