How can I password protect an application in Windows?

Adarsh J August 23, 2013
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I am looking for free software which I can use to protect firefox or any other application. It should ask for the password every time firefox is initiated and automatically lock when it is closed.
I have tried a few, but none of them work. (From Saikat Basu’s post here on
I want something similar to discolock which doesn’t work on Windows 7.

  1. Susendeep D
    November 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Have you seen WinGuard Pro ? It although has free as well as paid editions,but if you've a look at the comparison between free and paid editions,then you might like to use free version.

    Also,if you are unhappy with the above suggested program,then you can still protect Firefox with its Master password feature.

  2. Tsf O
    August 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Program Protector is tool for password protecting programs on Windows systems. You can easily password protect any Windows application. Program Protector is very easy to use and does not require any special computer knowledge. You can password protect programs with a few clicks.

  3. Sudip M
    August 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Here is an app that may be helpful for you. It is actually a multi-purpose app.

    • Adarsh J
      August 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

      LockThis! doesnt lock any app.
      Other 2 are not free!

    • Adarsh J
      August 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Not what i asked for!!

  4. Silhoutte J
    August 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    There is a program that you can use. I've tried it in Windows 7 (64-bit) with no problems. It is called Empathy Empathy | Michal Strehovsky: home

    This program is PostcardWare, meaning that it is free to use, but has some restrictions, namely the length of the password is limited to just 1 character in the unregistered version. There is a way round this, but it effectively means that you are restricted to a 4-character numeric password.

    To enter this password, proceed as follows (example only).

    Alt + 0000 to Alt + 9999 (numeric keypad only).

    • Adarsh J
      August 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Empathy doesn't work either. Unable to lock any application

  5. Jan F
    August 23, 2013 at 9:43 am
    Assuming this is the tool you are talking about the site states at the bottom that if you use the "Run as administrator" option it should install and work fine on Windows 7.

    So if you like that application try to start the installer using "right-click > run as administrator" and once installed, right-click it's executable and select properties, go into compatibility and check the "run this program as an administrator"

    • Adarsh J
      August 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Already tried that... Doesnt work!

    • Adarsh J
      August 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

      gave it a try again... and this time it worked!! lol...

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