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FileMenu Tools Reviews

Note about 7.1 version and later

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Since 7.1 FMT isn't provided with adware, but free version doesn't allow adding custom commands and built-in are limited to 20 files/dirs. Without custom commands it have many alternatives. When it comes to custom commands it was the only one, AFAIK (if I'm wrong I beg you, please tell me an alternative!). And I'd even buy it, but not from the author who added adware to his application. Well, it was his right (for me morally bad), but "no, thanks" is my right :P


Can't use FileMenu Tools anymore...

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I am stuck on version 6.8 since that was the last version of the installer that has not been flagged as containing a virus.

While I understand there are ways to get around the OpenCandy virus, I'm unwilling to bother, just to install an upgrade.

I hope that LopeSoft will someday offer a virus-free version of their installer again.


OpenCandy is not (was not) a virus.
It is/was adware ... pest ware
Unsolicited program

FileMenu Tools works fine with Windows10.

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I tried to install Windows10 Pro 64bit.
It can be installed without adware.
Uncheck the adware in a custom installation.


[OUTDATED] How to avoid the InstallManager

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FileMenu Tools is a great tool :)
Unfortunately its downloader is awful and can install malwares!

Luckily I found a solution to avoid InstallManager:

after the first steps (TOS agreement, installation folder, Install click) the software downloads a new installer, the bad one, which starts automatically and "ask" to install the adwares with its Decline and Accept buttons.

Stop at this point, click nothing! Go in Windows Task Manager, find the process InstallManager.exe and kill it!

No adwares will be installed and FileMenu Tools will be already on your PC. You just have to find the folder where it was installed and create a shortcut to your Desktop.

That's all :) !


Thank you Venom88, I have tried using FileMenu Tools multiple times and I have nothing but trouble as well. It is awful (the downloader), and I have no idea how good the software is because of it. Thanks to you I am able to give it a try now.


Small AnVir Task Manager iconAnVir Task Manager use InstallManager too.
You can use the same solution to avoid it.

perfect. thanks so much Venom88! i tried using your instructions and it worked great. No problems at all. much appreciated! :)

[Edited by menace97, May 15]

Hi Venom88,
does this still apply today today?

Yes, it does.
In general you can try to use this procedure with other software installers too :)

When there is an update, does it install only the update or do I again have to repeat this procedure?

You have to repeat the procedure

File Menu Tools 7.2 on April 25th, 2016 from http://www.computerbild.de/ was malware-free

I have downloaded File Menu Tools 7.2 on April 25th, 2016 from http://www.computerbild.de/download/FileMenu-Tools-4190772.html .
All downloads from computerbild.de are marked as "virus-proofed". During installation in Windows Task Manager no process InstallManager.exe could be found.
After normal installation (i clicked away the installation of Opera webbrowser) a scan with McAfee internet security found no malware-files.

This solution was bound to fail sooner or later. The thing you can do is to install old, adware free version and enjoy it. Wait, that's not all :) Unpack installer, kill explorer.exe, replace files with unpacked ones, restart explorer, enjoy new version. By new I mean 7.0.5, because latter are adware free, but without custom commands, which was the axis of this application. BTW don't try Venom88's method here on anywhere else - it's extremely unsafe and it bases on trust that installer will be "fixed" that way. If I'd be adware distributor, I'd run fake exe process, so people would kill it, thinking they are safe.

@em4020 (and others): that's true, because...
Changelog for v7.1:
"Removed third-party software (OpenCandy) from the installer of FileMenu Tools. This had many drawbacks, with several antivirus software detecting the installer as adware or malware. Therefore I finally made the decision of remove OpenCandy and convert FMT in shareware. Now you can use FMT free of charge with two limitations: you can't use custom commands and the commands only run with up 20 files/folders. If you want unlock these limitations, then you must purchase a license (...)"

I love this software, but author has the guts to say the drawback was antivirus soft detecting it... No, the drawback was that FMT tricked users to install crap.

[Edited by krzysiu, March 14]

[Edited by krzysiu, March 14]

BTW don't try Venom88's method here on anywhere else - it's extremely unsafe and it bases on trust that installer will be "fixed" that way. If I'd be adware distributor, I'd run fake exe process, so people would kill it, thinking they are safe.

Good point.

Anyway I think my method is no longer working already. I wrote this post 4 years ago after all...
I'll set it as outdated.

[Edited by Venom88, March 15]

Lopesoft's Installers

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I really wish I could try some of Lopesoft's products, but over the years I have had nothing but trouble whenever it came to actually installing them. Whether or not there is actually something malicious that gets installed or if spyware/adware is installed, I have always received warnings before installing, and thus have never even tried the products sadly. I'm sure they are aware of the situation, so hopefully one day they will review their installer choices/methods. I've read numerous accounts of people coming up with creative ways around the issue, but in my opinion that shouldn't be necessary.


Very Good Software

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File Menu Tools is very good and useful tool.

Despite this missing function, although there is the possibility to use parameters (either custom or available in the software, it saves time), it is not possible to change the text or icons original parameters of the program, which is quite a pity if want to have any customize its ....

I use it for 3 years now, and there has been no update for so long that I can not say ... it's a shame because I have not yet found an alternative that also functional File Tools Menu!

I do not know what happens with the famous "Downloader" because I always try to download direct link, because I hate that kind of unnecessary applications ^ ^.

If you want to save time, this program will be a good complement with software like "Free File Sync" for example, or to create "Hard Links" very useful (I use this system to prevent the software installs I put data on my main drive in the Program Data) ... well test ;)


used to be good, now best avoided, sad to say.

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Great way to enhance your one-time great product by padding it out with a heap of lame adware and hijacking my browser home page and trying to install an older version of Firefox. I had an older, adware-free version of FileMenu and just downloaded the newest version. Only just finished cleaning up the ensuing mess. FileMenu has joined the rest of the steaming turds in the adware pond.


I find the solution to avoid the InstallManager. I think it could help you :)

Beware of the downloader!!

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Find another source of download! The downloader is a VERY aggressive adware installer! It works even when you tell it not to install anything. It loads a bootup ad.

The app itself is pretty good.


I find the solution to avoid the InstallManager. I think it could help you :)

Like a miracle: one of the best multi-purpose file-tools !

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I have seldom seen an app, which has so many different functions:

The integrated utilities are the following:

  • Synchronize Folders - Synchronizes two folders. It is possible configure the synchronization type (unidirectional, bidirectional, etc.) and the file types which must be synchronized. Deletes files in both directions automatically

  • Shows the size of all subfolders

  • Extended Delete - Deletes recursively specific file types from a folder. The file types are specified with wildcards, for example: *.txt, *.t??, etc.

  • NEW: Can create symbolic-links (e.g. to DropBox-subfolders)

  • NEW: FOLDERNAME adds the name of the parent folder.

  • Find And Replace - Finds and replaces a text in all selected files. It is possible to use regular expressions.

  • Advanced Renamer - Renames all the selected elements by using some patterns.

  • Delete Locked File - Deletes files which are locked by any application and cannot be deleted normally.

  • Delete and no move to Recycle Bin - Deletes definitely files and folders.

  • Change Icon - Change the icon assigned to the selected folder

  • Run with Arguments - Run a program with parameters typed through a dialog box.

  • Command Line From Here - Open a command line window and go to selected folder.

  • Split File - Splits the selected file in various parts.

  • Join File - Joins the parts of a file which were previously splitted.

  • Copy Name - Copies to the clipboard the name of the all selected elements.

  • Copy Path - Copies to the clipboard the path of the all selected elements.

  • Copy Content - Copies to the clipboard the content of the selected element. If a folder is selected, all
    element names that the folder contains will be copied

  • Attributes - Displays a submenu which lets change the attributes of the selected elements. If a folder is selected, it is possible change the attributes recursively.

  • Change Time - Changes the creation time, the last access time and/or the last write time of the selected elements. If a folder is selected, it is possible change the time recursively.

  • Register DLL - Register a DLL in Windows.

  • Unregister DLL - Unregister a DLL.

  • Create New Folder - Creates a new folder into the selected folder

  • Portable and more than 20 languages

  • NEW: FileMenu Tools can automatically check for new versions (never, every day, every week and every month). This can be configured from "Options" menu.



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Lame subject line, I know, but this is very handy and has definitely contributed to bettering my workflow. One weird thing though, I've noticed under my windows 7 installation that my right-click to initiate the menu has hung for half a minute a few times since installing it; but I cannot say for certain that FileMenu tools is to blame.


Excellent! A worthy replacement for CFI ShellToys! Free!

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Excellent !!! at LONG last, a worthy replacement for CFI ShellToys !! and free !!
Note: in the current version 5.8.1, the "select" function doesn't appear anywhere, though it's configured to be in the menu (on Windows 7 x86). I've tried everything.