A closer look at EXE Password Protector

Eltima’s EXE Password Protector (v. allows you to password-protect any Windows executable file (excluding only system-critical files which influence Windows OS stability), which means that only the person who knows the password will be able to launch the application.

The installation process is a breeze – simple and fast. You are welcomed by this screen:

The screen has two tabs. The left one controls the step-by step process of protecting the executable file(s) of your choice.

Select a file:

Don’t forget to tick off the option of creating a backup of the original file if you are prone to forgetting passwords.

Enter the password:

And – voila’! The .exe file is now password protected. Let’s test the assertion by pressing the “Test” button. The result? Every time you want to start Firefox, you will be asked to input the password:

If the password is incorrect, the browser won’t load. Yes, it’s simple as that.

Unprotecting a file is equally easy. Open the right tab, and choose the file:

Enter the password:

You are now free to browse to your heart’s content.

It is important to note a few things:

  • You can password-protect ANY .exe file on local or network drives, as long as it’s on a writable disk (i.e. can be modified)
  • You can password-protect ONLY .exe files
  • If you copy a protected file on a removable media or on another computer, the file will still be password-protected.

Extremely simplistic, EXE Password Protector can be used by anyone. It works flawlessly, and can be used to lock your email and chat/IM programs, tax/finance software, games (from your children), and any other software you want.

To try it out, download it here.


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