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How to Decrypt a File

You can use encryption to protect your data from prying eyes. But, to use encrypted data yourself, you need to use Universal Shield and the encryption password to decrypt the file.

  1. If needed, run the Universal Shield software by clicking Start > Programs > Universal Shield and clicking the Universal Shield icon, or by double-clicking the Universal Shield shortcut on your Windows desktop.
  2. If the file you want to decrypt is not listed in Universal Shield, add the file to the list.
    1. Open Windows Explorer to the location of the file you want to decrypt.
    2. Drag-and-drop the file you want to decrypt from Windows Explorer to the Universal Shield window.
  3. With the file now entered into the protection list, it's a simple matter to perform the decryption. Right-click the file you want to decrypt, and select Decrypt File. Or, select Encryption > Decrypt File. You can Shift+click and/or Ctrl+click more than one file to decrypt several files at once, but you can only decrypt a group of files that are encrypted with the same password.
  4. Type the encryption password into the Password field, and click Start.
  5. Click Close to close the dialog box. Your file is decrypted and you can view and use it normally. Notice that the Encryption attribute of the file TopSecret.doc now says No.

See Also


Universal Shield 4.7: Hide files, folders, and drives, and set access rules using flexible security combinations for your most precious data.

Lock Folder XP is a new security tool that lets you lock your files, folders, and drives with your personal password.

Protect Folder: Lock USB drives and local folders on the fly by protecting them with your own password.

USB Security: Secure workstations or the entire network against unauthorized USB devices.

DiskBoost: Speed up disk operation with a secure virtual RAM disk.

Using Protect Folder 98, you can password-protect your files and folders from unauthorized access by other Windows 98/ME users.

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