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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


WiseFolderLock might appear to offer beneficial services, but it is extremely suspicious, and deleting this application was proven to be quite complicated. If you uninstall it via Control Panel, tons of files linked to it will be left behind. Because of that, we classify this suspicious piece of software as a potentially unwanted program. The first thing we need to discuss is the distribution of this PUP. Was it installed with or without your permission? Have you installed it along with other strange programs? If the PUP is active on your operating system, the chances are that other PUPs, adware, and dangerous malware is active as well. This is because the suspicious folder locker is spread in software bundles. In some cases, malware could be packaged along with the PUP in a very inconspicuous manner. Due to this, scanning your operating system is the first step you need to make. Once you know which threats you need to get rid of, you can choose the best removal option. If you do not know if you should delete WiseFolderLock from your operating system, you will find an answer in this article.

Have you downloaded WiseFolderLock from a legitimate, official download source? At the time of research, this potentially unwanted program was not promoted in an official manner, but that does not aggravate its dispersion. It is unlikely that users would seek out WiseFolderLock anyway because it does not offer highly useful services. Sure, it supposedly can help you put passwords on your folders, but there are plenty of more reliable and more useful tools that can help you do that. Because it is not highly desirable, it is spread in other ways. For example, it could be attached to more attractive programs promoted via questionable file-sharing sites. Also, you could be forced to install this PUP via pop-ups that show up via corrupted websites and lock the browser. If you encounter a pop-up of this kind, do NOT install anything. Instead, close the browser. It is very important to understand how this program entered your operating system because that determines the problems you have. For example, if the PUP was installed silently, it is obvious that you have issues regarding virtual security.

Even if you find WiseFolderLock to be useful, you have to admit that this program is unpredictable. Since there is no official information supporting it, it is hard to understand fully how this PUP works. For example, do you know what data-tracking technologies it uses and what kind of information is recorded? Also, what about third parties that might be affiliated with the creator of WiseFolderLock? Are you sure that they can be trusted? Although it is quite possible that this potentially unwanted program is harmless, no one can guarantee it by 100%, which is one of the reasons for you to consider its removal. With so many malicious threats floating in the World Wide Web, it is irresponsible to install software that you know little about and that only appear to be useful. There are so many good, useful, and, most important, reliable programs you can choose from, and all you have to do is do your research and be careful with the installation. Note that even legitimate and reputable programs could be exploited by unreliable software distributors to trick users into installing malware that deserves removal.

As you already know, you cannot uninstall WiseFolderLock completely. If you uninstall this program, you also have to delete a ton of files. If you are sure you want to delete this potentially unwanted program manually, you should follow the guide below. After that, you MUST scan your operating system to check if the PUP is gone, as well as to see which other threats you might have to eliminate next. What if these threats are more complex and malicious? That is why you should scan your PC beforehand. If serious infections are found, you can install an anti-malware tool to have all threats deleted automatically. Besides removing WiseFolderLock and other suspicious programs, this tool can also help you protect your operating system. But remember that you need to be cautious as well. If you are careful when downloading software and interacting with content online (emails, links, installers, etc.), you will be fine.

WiseFolderLock Removal

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+R to launch RUN.
  2. Type regedit.exe and click OK to open the Windows Registry utility.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\.
  4. Delete the key called Wise Folder Lock.
  5. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\.
  6. Delete the key named wisefolderlock.
  7. Simultaneously tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
  8. Enter the directory path into the bar at the top and Delete the folder named WiseFolderLock:
    • %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\
  9. Move to the Desktop and Delete the shortcut file named ^wisefolderlock\.lnk$.
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