Our computers and digital devices have become really important tools in our daily lives and we store important files on them. If you want to lock some of your .exe files with passwords that only you know, then read more below.
There are many methods that you can choose to lock your executable files and even encrypt them, but there are many which either ask for money or perform their job poorly. Luckily for us, there is a free utility that you can use to increase the security of your files. I have used the software myself and can vouch for its professional features. ‘Free EXE Lock‘ is an app which comes with a size of only 5.6 megabytes and despite the fact that you don’t pay a penny to download it, it doesn’t come with adware or other annoying partnership like Delta Search.
Protect your .exe files with Free EXE Lock
However, when installing it, it will ask whether you want to try another software and there’s a short survey that you can actually skip. So, quite an innocent and non-invasive way to get some profit of their product. The software itself is incredibly simple to use and pretty straightforward. You just add the executable file that you want to lock with a password encryption, pick a password that you think is pretty reliable and hit encrypt.
Free EXE Lock can lock and unlock any program on your PC so that nobody can use it without your permission. It allows you to customize password that contains letters, numbers, punctuation marks and so on & prompt a customized message if anyone attempts to run the locked program.
The above screenshots show how the software looks like. So, as you can see for yourself, there’s the option to “back up the current executable file to *.bat” for security purpose. So, in case some unexpected errors occur during the encrypting, you will be able to restore the original file by using this. I have tried this on my Windows 8.1 laptop and have experienced some errors, but despite this, the .exe file has been locked. However, the software is said to run with no problems on Windows XP/7/Windows 8. As we see, Windows 8.1 isn’t mentioned.
To make sure you don’t forget the password, you can enable a hint prompt message to help you out. The locking process takes only a few seconds and there’s also the option to decrypt your .exe file, if you no longer need to have it protected. The “Settings & About” section lets you choose the preferred encryption mode: “Speed priority ” where exe files are not compressed and “Security priority” where executable files are compressed.
Just in case somebody learns about how you password lock exe files, you can even protect the Free Exe Lock app itself with the “Password needed when start Free EXE Lock” feature. Follow the link from below to download it an make sure that your .exe files remain private as much as you want.
Free EXE Lock alternatives
This tool is great, but some users prefer to download and try the more specific software for securing their files and folders. Isn’t annoying downloading and installing a free software that infiltrates malware on your PC? If you are one of those users, you could try Folder Lock, SecretFolder or even encryption tools. You can find here more file/folder locker software as well as some great encryption tools.
Do not forget that a single file locker cannot keep you away from trouble, so think about purchasing a good antivirus. They have VPN’s, parental control, computer locker, encryption, and malware removal. We strongly recommend Bitdefender, the best Antivirus at this moment. If you prefer another antivirus brand, check them in our dedicated article.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in March 2014 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.