What is newlock.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 newlock.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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Newlock.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with newlock
Newlock.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as 1st Security Agent or Security Administrator belongs to software Access Manager or Security Administrator by F Key Solutions (

Description: Newlock.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The newlock.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,453,056 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,459,424 bytes, 1,462,304 bytes, 1,443,840 bytes or 1,457,344 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is not a Windows core file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Newlock.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Softheap provides an uninstall program (Control Panel->Software->Security Administrator or 1st Security Agent).

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If newlock.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes. The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The newlock.exe file is not a Windows core file. Newlock.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as newlock.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the newlock.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.


User Comments

This process is a part of a not dangerous software,"Security administrator".

Summary: Average user rating of newlock.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks newlock.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving newlock issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with newlock. 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 newlock.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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