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How to Lock Software & EXE Files?

The things you'll need:

  • Software or programs you want to lock.
  • EXE locker software.

PCTuneUp Free EXE Lock is a powerful yet easy to use system utility that enables you to lock any Windows executable applications in few steps, like games, web browsers, tax preparation software, etc. It is designed for people who want to protect their sensitive programs from an unauthorized usage whenever sharing the same computer with others. The locked files will stay protected even when you copy them to another computer whatever operating system this computer runs - only accessible to the one who enters the correct passwords.

Step 1. Download and Run Free EXE Lock

Click here to download PCTuneUp Free EXE Lock and install it. Double-click the icon to launch the program.

Tip: it is not funny when your kids mess with your computer and use the banking or drawing software and other stuff on the desktop - it may cause serious problems. To protect yourself and your children, it is a good way to lock the programs that you don't want them to use.

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Step 2. Select an EXE File

Click "Select" to select an *.exe file you need to encrypt. You can also open the directory of the selected .exe file by clicking "Browse". You can check "Back up the current executable file to *.bat" for security purpose. If some unexpected errors occur when encrypting, this option will help you restore the original file.

Select an EXE File

Step 3. Encrypt the EXE File

Click "Encrypt" to encrypt the EXE file and the encryption will be completely within several seconds. Type the password in box of "Password" with less than 18 characters. Retype the password in box of "Confirm" for verify purpose. Check "Mask password" if needed. Custom your own prompt message of the encrypted EXE file and click "Test" to have a preview.

Tip: you better use your commonly used password that can be easily remembered; if not, you'd better keep the password in a text file, physically write it down on a paper or use our password management software to safeguard all your passwords.

Lock Software & EXE Files

If you want to decrypt the EXE file, enter the password in "Password" and click "Decrypt".

Decrypt the EXE File

Step 4. More Options

Switch to "Settings & About" to choose one encryption mode from "Speed priority (not compressed)" and "Security priority (compressed)". You can add PCTuneUp Free EXE Lock to .exe file's context menus so that you can swiftly encrypt your .exe files just by right-clicking on your .exe file you want to encrypt and select "Encrypt with PCTuneUp Free EXE Lock" menu item. You can also offer a password protection for the software. Anybody who wants to run PCTuneUp Free EXE Lock must enter the password first. Click "Config" to enter the password. Click "Apply" to apply all the settings.

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