Do you know what WiseFolderLock is?
Are you surprised to learn that WiseFolderLock is classified as a potentially unwanted program? At first sight, you might think that this program is useful and reliable, but if you take a closer look, you should be able to recognize that it is far too mysterious to trust. The developer of this PUP is unknown, and no official information supports it. What if you have questions regarding the activity of this program? Well, you have no one to ask these questions to, and that is extremely suspicious. As you must know already, legitimate tools and virtual services are always supported by extensive privacy policies and license agreements. Also, there is always a way to contact the developer. When there is no legal information supporting a program, you need to be very cautious. Although that is one of the biggest reasons to remove WiseFolderLock, it is not the only one, and you need to keep reading to learn all about it.
What do you know about WiseFolderLock? If you have installed it yourself, it must have been introduced to you in some kind of way. Was legal information made available to you? Unfortunately, that is something only highly cautious users notice. When installing this PUP, were you introduced to other programs? Are you sure that they are genuine and reliable? Malicious software distributors earn money for successfully installed threats, and so they can pair legitimate programs, as well as seemingly attractive PUPs with highly dangerous threats. That means that it is possible that more dangerous threats are running along with WiseFolderLock. Well, what about this program, is it malicious? It is meant to help you protect your personal folders with passwords, but, of course, it is possible that it can be used in other ways. In general, this program is not considered to be highly useful because there are far superior programs that offer similar or better services, and that are reliable, unlike this one.
One of the reasons why WiseFolderLock is classified as a potentially unwanted program is that it stays active after you uninstall it. The uninstallers represented via the “Uninstall or change a program” menu should allow you to get rid of unwanted applications fully and completely. The fact, that most components of the suspicious PUP remain present after you uninstall it, means that its creator developed it in that way. Persistent pieces of software that are hard to delete often turn out to be malicious, and so this is a red flag. Of course, our research team has found a way for you to delete WiseFolderLock manually. That being said, you have one more option to consider.
Is your operating system malware-free? If it is not, that means that your operating system is not protected reliably. If it is not protected, malicious infections can slither in. Some of them do not even need you to install them, and they can do that on their own just using Internet connection. If you take these things into consideration, you really should consider employing anti-malware software. Though it is essentially created to protect your operating system from incoming threats, it can also remove WiseFolderLock, as well as all other pieces of software identified as threats. So, if you are only interested in the removal of the PUP, follow the instructions below. If you also care about virtual system’s protection in the future, think about installing reliable anti-malware software.
- Tap Win+R keys to launch RUN and enter regedit.exe.
- In Registry Editor move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\.
- Right-click the key named Wise Folder Lock and choose Delete.
- Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\.
- Right-click the key named wisefolderlock and choose Delete.
- Tap Win+E keys to launch Windows Explorer.
- Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\ (Windows XP users enter %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\) into the bar at the top to access the folder.
- Right-click the folder named wisefolderlock and choose Delete.
- Enter %PROGRAMFILES% (or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%) into the bar at the top.
- Follow step 8 to get rid of the unwanted components.
- Enter %USERPROFILE%\Desktop into the bar at the top.
- Right-click the file named ^wisefolderlock\.lnk$ and choose Delete.
- Empty Recycle Bin and then inspect your operating system for leftovers using a malware scanner.
Although WiseFolderLock does not look like a serious threat, and it is possible that it is no threat at all, you have to be very vigilant when this potentially unwanted program is active on your operating system. Unfortunately, no one appears to be responsible for this program, which means that no one is accountable for it as well. In most cases, programs whose developers are hidden, and that work in unpredictable ways turn out to be dangerous or unreliable. Furthermore, it was found that the removal of WiseFolderLock is complicated, and that might be because this PUP is set up to evade elimination, which is not a good sign either. Due to these reasons, we recommend deleting this program right away. If you want to, you can get rid of it manually, but we suggest employing anti-malware software that can eliminate malware and reinforce your system’s protection at the same time.