What is FolderProtectService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the FolderProtectService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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FolderProtectService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with FolderProtectService
FolderProtectService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Spotmau WinCare (version 2007) belongs to software Spotmau Wincare (version 2008) or Spotmau WinCare (version 2007) or PC Beginner Windows Tools (version 2007) by SpotMau ( or Spotmau (

Description: FolderProtectService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file FolderProtectService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 16,384 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 10,240 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. FolderProtectService.exe is not a Windows system file. FolderProtectService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with FolderProtectService.exe, you can uninstall Spotmau WinCare 2007 or Spotmau Wincare 2008 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, contact to assist you or check if there is a newer version available.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as FolderProtectService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the FolderProtectService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving FolderProtectService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FolderProtectService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the FolderProtectService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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