How can I use QAP if an anti-virus is blocking its download or its execution?

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All you need to know about anti-virus false positives (false alerts)…

Protection software block malware applications that could harm your PC. But, sometime, they can also make collateral damages and block legit software like Quick Access Popup.

To prevent bad programs from taking control or infiltrate your PC, protection programs use two protection approaches.

  • Some protection programs block known malware and frequently update a blacklist database to catch these apps before they can do damage.
  • But, more often, protection software have a more aggressive approach: they block any app that could cause damage based on various criteria. To allow good applications to work, they maintain a whitelist of trusted apps.

This may result in occasional false malware alerts. In the case of Quick Access Popup, between 0% and 4% of the various detection softwares can produce such false alerts. All others declare Quick Access Popup as clean and safe!  If your protection software is blocking it, please see if you can approve (whitelist) Quick Access Popup in the configuration of your software. Also, you can probably go to your software website and report Quick Access Popup as a good app to add to the whitelist database. See this list many major Anti-Virus companies websites where you can ask to test and clear Quick Access Popup. See also this discussion on the page on this subject for my older app Folders Popup.

More about this issue in this post from another independent developer: Antivirus companies cause a big headache to small developers.

Needless to say – all these virus-related email messages that I receive every day are a big headache and require me to waste my time on answering/handling them, instead of adding new features to my utilities and updating my site. [ more… ]

At least, I know I’m not the only small developer facing this issue…

Windows Defender is blocking Quick Access Popup

Until any new version of Quick Access Popup is recognized as a legit software by Windows Defender, this protection software could delete the QAP setup file when you try to install it. If you trust me and want to run QAP, you can prevent it: launch Windows Defender (type “Defender” in the search/launch bar) and open the History tab. See the instructions below (screen capture is in French; I translated to the best of my knowledge).


Google Chrome is blocking Quick Access Popup

Until a new version of Quick Access Popup is recognized by Google Chrome as a legit software, you may see the following alert messages on your download bar (in your own Chrome language – this one is in French).

If Chrome tells you (my own translation to English): “The file quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded. It could harm your computer“. If you trust me and want to run QAP, in the menu, click Keep.



Windows SmartScreen

Since September 2016, Quick Access Popup setup and executable files are signed with a software certificate assessing that the publisher is known (that’s me!) and that the executable file has not been modified by a third-party (thanks to users who helped me share the expense of buying this software publisher certificate!).

Now that QAP is a “signed” software you should not see “publisher unknown alerts” from protection software like Windows SmartScreen.

However, if Windows tells you: “quickaccesspopup-setup.exe is not commonly downloaded and might harm your computer“, if you trust me and want to try QAP, Click Execute.


Then, the following message could appear: “Windows protected your PC“. Click More info.


In the next message, you should see Publisher: Jean Lalonde. Click Run anyway. This will install QAP.




I’m upgrading from Folders Popup. Can I import my favorites and option settings?

(Update February 2019) Up to version v9.4.1.3, the Quick Access Popup Easy Setup installer included an option to convert settings from Folders Popup (the “ancestor” of QAP, latest version v5.2.3, September 2016)  in order to import them in QAP. This option has been removed in more recent releases installer.

To convert your Folders Popup (FP) settings to QAP must:

  1. Download QAP version v9.4.1.3 and install it making sure you enable the option Import Folders Popup settings and favorites.
  2. Then download the latest QAP version and install it.

Users installing QAP in portable mode can still import FP settings using ImportFPsettings as described below.

More question/answers for Folders Popup users upgrading to QAP.

Everything possible is made to facilitate the transition from Folders Popup to Quick Access Popup.

The ImportFPsettings utility helps you do the transition from Folders Popup.

  • It imports favorites from Folders Popup and convert them to QAP format.
  • It also import options settings and hotkeys and adapt them to QAP.

Only Folders Popup groups settings cannot be imported to QAP settings. The group implementation has been completely reviewed in QAP, integrating them with favorites as if they were as special kind of submenus, making it difficult to import.

If you install QAP using the standard Setup program (v9.4.1.3 or before), make sure the Import Folders Popup settings and favorites option is checked during installation. The utility will be automatically executed after the initial QAP installation (if you preferred the portable installation, you must run ImportFPsettings manually).

Take note that ImportFPsettings replaces all favorites that could exist in QAP and overwrites existing option settings. It is recommended to use it when you just installed QAP.

After you installed QAP, do not forget to uninstall Folders Popup or, at least, remove it from your Startup group: uncheck Run at Startup in Folders Popup Options dialog box (first tab).

In what languages is Quick Access Popup available?

Quick Access Popup is available in various languages, thanks to voluntary translators for their precious work. Select your working language in the Options window, General tab.

Language Thanks to translators! Review in your language
French Jean Lalonde Quick Access Popup : accédez rapidement aux dossiers utilisés fréquemment (Freewares & Tutos)
German Edgar “Fast Edi” Hoffmann Quick Access Popup ist ein toller Nachfolger von Folders Popup. Die Möglichkeit, jetzt auch Programme zu starten oder Webseiten aufzurufen, macht daraus einmal mehr ein Allroundtool für jeden (Giga Software)
Italian Riccardo Leone Quick Access Popup: crea le scorciatoie per le cartelle e programmi (
Spanish Isaias Baez Quick Access Popup
Brazilian Portuguese Igor Ruckert Quick Access Popup (Baixaki)
Portuguese Luis Neves Quick Access Popup (Baixaki)
Dutch Ric Roggeveen Quick Access Popup – Snel toegang tot al je favorieten
Workshop QuickAccessPopup (QAP) is handige hulp bij bestandsnavigatie 
Korean Maeng Bong Kyun  
Simplified Chinese ilaoyao  
Russian Post about QAP on

Quick Access Popup was originally written in English. Proofreading always appreciated.