Hide My Windows 1.11

Hide My Windows 1.11

Reviewed by Dan Vlasic

"Instantly hides all windows on your screen"

Overview

Hide My Windows, as the name suggests, is designed to hide your sensitive data from prying eyes. Situations arise often when we need to urgently close a window, or multiple windows, on our desktop to keep some private and sensitive data from colleagues, relatives, children. You do not need to justify the existence of Hide My Windows on your computer to anyone because it installs under a different name unless you choose to keep its original name for further uninstall purposes. Other than that, this nifty program works silently in the background providing a layer of security in real time.

Too often, we think about online security, while offline security may have breaches and wholes. Irrespective of what you do, play a game, watch adult video, work on a CV, or simply choose a surprise gift for the Valentine’s Day, having Hide My Windows will protect your secret from curious eyes.
The predefined hotkeys aren’t numerous, or difficult to memorize. This app is light, handy and works like a charm, inconspicuously and quickly hiding the necessary windows. It is also possible to close hidden applications without resurfacing them, again with the help of pre-defined hotkeys.

Installation

Installation is quick and simple, no bundles, no registration, no email aggregation. The trial version has some limitations: only 2 filters in the list, the sound, is not muted, and hotkeys cannot be changed or unchecked. There are no specific requirements for installation, and the program is Win OS compatible. There is a way to get a free edition of this program once you download and install the trial version. See the menu for instructions on how to do it.

Interface

The GUI is not Mona Lisa, but it is intuitive and easy to grasp, and in apps like these this is the only thing that matters. Its simplicity will appeal to novice users. However, we did not see a user guide anywhere inside the app. You can find detailed instructions on developer’s website. Advanced users, on the other hand, will be able to get the most of this program’s features.

The main window displays panels with filters, hotkeys and hidden windows. You can close or restore hidden windows from the main window. There are more configurations available in the settings menu. You can set a password, or configure to use your mouse instead of, or alongside, hotkeys to hide windows. This will enhance protection of this application from unwanted intrusion from somebody who may have access to your PC.

Pros

Hide My Windows hides the active window, or all open windows, or only the ones included in the filter list. The possibility of creating custom lists for programs you want to be able to hide adds value to the product. The hotkeys are a convenient way of hiding and restoring hidden windows. In addition, you can close hidden application without showing them, just by pressing the right combination of hotkeys.

The program performed flawlessly during our test – it did not freeze, crash or display errors. It does not require user privileges to run. Overall, it is an easy and flexible application that helps hide sensitive data without the risk of losing unsaved data.

Cons

Nag screen and limitations in the trial version. Considering the fact that there are free applications with similar or identical purpose, we would compare the programs first before purchasing.

The English language is not always perfect in the developer's instructions, but who cares if the product does what it was built for?

Alternatives

Hide windows Wizard, Hide Windows Quickly SoftwareMagic Boss Key, are only a few of the possible alternatives available on the market.

Conclusion

Overall, Hide My Windows is a small, yet powerful application designed to protect information on your screen from unwanted attention. It is lightweight, easy to navigate; it suggests no learning curve; it offers a way to get a freebie. We recommend this utility as a handy, safe and powerful shield between your sensitive data and prying eyes of the curious.

Requirements: any

What's new in this version: Improvement. Hide all windows except active with mouse movement; Bugfix. Access violation during start. Filters list will be cleaned after upgrade, don't forget to restore them manually; Desktop icons will disappear, along with windows;Foreground window looses focus after "Show all".

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Hide My Windows on 2 Oct 2013 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Hide My Windows Antivirus Report
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