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How to Recover Files from Folder Lock Without Password Step-by-Step

If you forgot the password of your Folder Lock and wanted to access your files, stay here. This page will help you how to recover files from Folder Lock without a password in two parts: Part 1. Remove Folder Lock password, unlock locked files in 3 verified methods; Part 2. Restore lost files in 3 steps with EaseUS file recovery software.

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When users forget the password, they will surely be locked and won't be able to access their locked files and data. On this page, in Part 1, you'll find 3 methods provided by professional users and geeks to unlock Folder Lock without the password.

Overview: Unlock a Password Protected Folder in Windows 10

In the second part, we will provide 3 ways to unlock a folder and 2 ways to securely recover lost files from Folder Lock. Read on to get the full guide.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
3 Ways to Unlock Folder Lock
  • (Recommend) Unlock Folders/Files (Use Folder Lock Serial Key as Password)...Full steps
  • Remove Password from Locked Files by Uninstall Folder Lock...Full steps
  • Stop the Folder Lock Password Protection...Full steps
Recover Lost Files after Removing Folder Lock Password
  • (Recommend) Restore Lost Files from Folder via File Recovery Software...Full steps
  • Show or unhide hidden files in Folder/Folder Lock manually...Full steps

PLUS: The solutions on this page can be applied to unlock all versions of Folder Lock without a password on Windows 10/8/7 and even older Windows systems.

How to Unlock Folder Lock If Password Forgotten

"I locked one of the folders in my laptop (windows 10) by using a password-protected code. I just put the code on a notepad, create a folder, and locked it. It's a Windows batch file (cmd.exe). I have totally forgotten my password now and tried at least 30 times to open it. Unfortunately, the password was wrong and it didn't work.

Can somebody please tell me how can I unlock that folder? or delete this cmd.exe application from my laptop? As this folder contains very important files and I need them on an urgent basis."

Forget Folder Lock password.

Folder Lock, powerful software to safeguard vital data and files, sets password protection to selected files and folders on Windows PC. It allows users to hide files, encrypt files, and even securely delete files. 

Many Folder Lock users have experienced the same issue, forgetting the password. If you are having the same issue or cannot open Folder Lock, even forgot your password, don't worry.

In the following 2 parts, you'll learn verified solutions to remove the password from Folder Lock and restore all lost files with ease.

Part 1. Unlock Folders and Files, Remove Folder Lock Password

In this part, we'll list 3 major methods provided by www.newsoftwares.net, geeks from tech forums, and YouTubers:

Method 1. Unlock Folders/Files (Use Folder Lock Serial Key as Password) 

Offered by: www.newsoftwares.net

According to an FAQ post on www.newsoftware.net, it's said that when you forgot the master password, you can still use the Serial Number that you used to register Folder Lock as the master key.

Note: It only works when you have kept the Master Key option enabled in Password Security Settings. If you don't know how to enable the settings, contact the Folder Lock support team for help.

Here are the steps to unlock Folder Lock with your serial key:

Step 1. Open Folder Lock and click "Lock Folders".

Step 2. Enter your serial number in the password column, then click "OK" to unlock it.

Step 3. After this, you can open your locked folder and files again.

Unlock Folder Lock with serial key.

Method 2. Remove Password from Locked Files by Uninstall Folder Lock

Offered by: YouTubers, geeks from tech forums.

Note: If you are a trial user and have a serial key, try Method 1 to directly unlock files and folders with the key.

This method aims to help Folder Lock users who don't have a serial key or password.

How to Access Secure Folder without Password:

Step 1. Open Registry Editor:

Click "Start", open the "Run" dialog, and type: regedit, and hit Enter. Click "Yes" to open it.

Open Registry

Step 2. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/NewSoftware's/Folder Lock/Uninstall.

find Folder Lock uninstall key

Step 3. Double-click "Uninstall" and change the value data from "1" to "0" and click "OK".

Change folder lock uninstall key from 1 to 0.

Step 4. Exit Registry Editor, open Task Manager, and end task of all running applications, programs.

Step 5. Go to Apps & Features, search and find "Folder Lock".

Find Folder Lock in Apps and Features.

Step 6. Hover your mouse to Folder Lock and click "Uninstall". Click "Uninstall" again to confirm. 

Uninstall Folder Lock.

Step 7. Wait for the uninstalling process to finish.

Finish uninstalling folder lock.

After this, you can directly open the previously locked folders by the Folder Lock and access your files with ease.

If you want to use Folder Lock to protect your files again, you can re-download and re-install it on your PC to continue enjoying its service.

Method 3. Stop Folder Lock Password Protection

Offered by: geeks from tech forums.

This method aims to help Folder Lock users to remove password protection by rebooting the PC from Safe Mode and removing the folder access permission.

Note: Be careful while you are following the steps below to remove password protection.

Step 1. Restart Windows from Safe Boot Mode:

  • Press Win + R to open the "Run" dialog > Type: MSCONFIG and hit Enter.
  • Click "Boot" in the "System Configuration" dialog.
  • Select "Safe Boot" with minimal radio button > "OK".
  • Click "Restart" when another dialog appears to ask you to restart Windows in Safe Mode.

Confirm to restart Windows from Safe Mode.

Step 2. After restarting the computer in Safe Mode, reinstall Folder Lock.

Note: After the installation of the Folder Lock, don't click the Finish button. And continue with the following steps.

Step 3. Remove folder access permission

  • Go to the file or folder location where your folder is locked. Then, you will be able to see the locked folder again.
  • Right-click on the file or folder which is locked by Folder Lock and select "Properties".
  • Click "Security" > "Edit".

Change folder access permission.

  • Now you'll see the "Group", user names box.
  • The user names are System, Your Name and Administrator, etc.
  • Select the first name and you'll see the "Deny" checkbox list (Full control, Modify, Read & execute, List folder contents, Read, Write, etc.) in Permission for 'username'.
  • Uncheck all Deny boxes and do the same process to all other usernames.
  • Click "OK".

All users to access all files.

Note: if Windows asks you to verify, click "Yes" to change the folder permission.

After this, you may have successfully stopped folder password protection and you can now open the folder to copy and paste files to another secure location.

Part 2. Recover Lost Files after Removing Folder Lock Password

So now you can view, find and reuse your saved files in Folder Lock or folders again without any passwords. If you cannot find wanted files in the target folder, follow either method offered below to get your lost files back.

For a higher data recovery rate, we recommend you use robust data recovery software. Recover folders in time and save your time.

Method 1. Restore Lost Files from Folder via File Recovery Software

Professional file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to see, view, and find all present and even lost files in a Folder with a few simple clicks. 

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  • Support over 1000 types of files like DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, AIF/AIFF, M4A, and more.
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Follow the below guidelines to find all your files in Folder or Folder Lock now:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

Read also: Recover Deleted Photos from Folder Lock App in Android and PC

Note: There is another situation here, maybe your files are just hidden. So, in the next method, we will show you how to set files to unhide in a folder.

Method 2. Show or unhide hidden files in Folder/Folder Lock

If you've set to hide some important files in a folder, follow the below steps to show or unhide all hidden files:

Step 1. Right-click the Start or Windows icon, select "Search".

Step 2. Type: Show hidden files, select "Show hidden files and folders" to open File Explorer Options.

Step 3. Under Advanced settings, click "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" > Click "OK".

Display all hidden files.

After this, you can check your folder to see if the missing files show up.

To Sum Up

This page includes three methods in Part 1 to help you remove password Folder Lock password protection without a password and help you access locked files again. 

When you open the folder but see no files, two methods in Part 2 will effectively bring your files back. If you have further issues about file recovery, refer to our How-To or File-Recovery pages to find more solutions. 

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Folder Lock Forgot Password | Anvi Folder Locker FAQs

1. Anvi Folder Locker Reset Key | How Do I Unlock Anvi Folder Locker without Password?

Because Anvisoft seems to stop running since 2016, so it does not provide the Anvi Folder Locker reset key supported by Anvisoft.

Steps to unlock Anvi Folder Locker without password:

Step 1. Run Windows in "Safe Mode". 

Step 2. Move to the targeted folder. Press "Ctrl+C" and "Ctrl+V". Then you can move the files to another folder without a password

Step 3. Exit "Safe Mode".

2. Can Folder Lock be hacked?

No. Folder Lock is a secure tool to protect your files. Your files and folders can not be hacked by hackers.

3. How to Recover Files from Folder Lock?

Step 1. Free download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free.

Step 2. Scan the lost/deleted files from Folder Lock.

Step 3. Preview and recover the lost files.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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