Recover Files from Folder Lock without Password

Tracy King updated on Oct 30, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

When you forgot the Folder Lock password and couldn't access locked files and folders, don't worry. This article will help you resolve this issue in two parts: Part 1. Remove Folder Lock password in 3 methods; Part 2. Restore lost files in 3 steps with EaseUS file recovery software.

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. 

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, you'll find secure and verified methods provided by professional users and geeks to unlock Folder Lock without the password.  

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Unlock Folder Lock If Password Forgotten
Part 1. Unlock Folders and Files, Remove Folder Lock Password (3 Methods)
Part 2. Recover Lost Files after Removing Folder Lock Password (2 Methods)

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

"Do you know how to remove Folder Lock password protection? Or can you show me how to unlock Folder Lock if the password was forgotten? 

I forgot the password of Folder Lock on my computer and I need to use the saved files now. I want to know if there is a chance for me to unlock Folder Lock and restore my files in it? Help!"

Forget Folder Lock password.

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: https://www.newsoftwares.net/contact.

Enable master key in password security settings.

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 at the password column, then click "OK" to unlock it. 

Unlock Folder Lock with serial key.

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

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 nor password.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Open Registry Editor:

Click Start > Open the "Run" dialog > 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 reboot PC from Safe Mode and remove 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:

  1. 1. Press Win + R to open the "Run" dialog > Type: MSCONFIG and hit Enter.

Restart PC to Safe Mode.

  1. 2. Click "Boot" in "System Configuration" dialog.
  2. 3. Select "Safe Boot" with minimal radio button > "OK".

Confirm to restart Windows from Safe Mode.

  1. 4. Click "Restart" when another dialog appears to ask you to restart Windows in Safe Mode.

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

Note: After the installation of 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 sill be able to see the locked folder again.

  1. 1. Right-click on the file or folder which is locked by Folder Lock and select "Properties".
  2. 2. Click "Security" > "Edit".

Change folder access permission.

  1. 3. Now you'll see "Group", user names box.
  2. The user names are SystemYour Name and Administrator, etc.
  3. 4. 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'.
  4. 5. Uncheck all Deny boxes and do the same process to all other usernames.
  5. 6. 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.

Method 1. Show or unhide hidden files in Folder/Folder Lock

If you've set to hide some important files in 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.

Show hidden files.

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.

Note: If you still see no files, your files are lost. Don't worry, in the next method, you'll see a reliable file recovery software to fully scan and restore all lost files.

Method 2. Restore Lost Files from Folder

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

Follow below guidelines to find all your files in Folder or Folder Lock now:

Step 1. Choose the file location to scan.

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If you lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select the file location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the lost files.

The software will start immediately a quick scan for deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files all over the selected drive. After the scan, you can use the Filter to quickly filter a specific file type.

scan the lost files

Step 3. Preview and restore files.

Double-click on a file allows for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and browse a location to save all the files at once.

recover lost files

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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