Unlocker is a Windows Explorer extension allowing you with a simple right-click on a file or folder to get rid of error message such as error deleting file or folder, cannot delete folder: it's being used by another person or program. Simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear. Select the lockers and click Unlock and you are done.
Reviewing 1.9.2 (May 17, 2013)
If you'd have looked, you'd have seen that you DO have the option of not installing the toolbar by choosing "advanced" install and unchecking the "install delta toolbar" tick box.
The problem is that, after reading about the toolbar in the agreement, you have to click 'agree", which seems like you're agreeing to install the toolbar since it's also used as a crapware tactic. This should really be changed.
I've never noticed any problems with unlocker, but here's hoping this update will fix issues that others had.
-1 star for bundled toolbar
Reviewing 1.9.2 (May 17, 2013)
Installs the Delta toolbar which it neither warns you of unless you read the agreement & you can't opt out so no thanks - Site blocked by Eset ~
Reviewing 1.9.1 (Dec 22, 2012)
Haven't had to use this in awhile. I see this newer version makes you go through a bunch of bells and whistles to get to the free download. So I lower the rating a notch. But still a worthy 4. I was stupid to download and try a new pc game. When I removed this game from control panel, It left behind this crap that I couldn't remove no matter what. Well just like the old days, Unlocker removed it. Definitely a mandatory software to have. I'm sure we all have had garbage on our pc's at some point in time that you can't remove. This does it.
Reviewing 1.9.1 (Aug 2, 2012)
Works well for me. Sometimes it cant delete a file, but it does offer an option to delete it upon next reboot... Overall It's good software.
Reviewing 1.9.1 (Feb 29, 2012)
if anyone ask for Suggestion I will suggest for using Long Path Tool for accessing, managing and even renaming files that have more than 255 characters . longpathtool(dot)com
@ Russell (aka coover) : Please upload any suspicious file to http:\\virustotal.com\ BEFORE just blindly believing what Microsoft Security Essentials tells you.
You do realize that MSSE didn't even make the top 10 in the top-10-shootout this year, last year or the year before that, right? It's literally the bottom of the barrel for antivirus - tons of false-positives, very poor detection rates, and simply is just isn't even a decent program and only gives it's users a false sense of security.
Nowthen, I've taken the liberty of uploading Unlocker1.9.1.exe directly to Virustotal.com for a full analysis from 41 different antivirus programs...and guess what? One of them (NOD32) also showed a false positive - that means that 40 other antivirus programs didn't detect a single thing.
Here's the deal: The Unlocker website (http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/welcome.htm) can be a little misleading to anyone that's not proficient with a computer. You can easily be misled to click one of the "Download Now" buttons and end up with a registry cleaner or a free registry scan instead of actually downloading the program you set out to get.
Now, about the program itself, I've been using it for years without any problems, and this new version (as of 4/12/2011, version 1.9.1) works just as well as all the older ones... in fact, BETTER because of the new functionality introduced in this new version.
So, anyone that's scared to download or use this program really should just upload the program to VirusTotal.com and see for yourselves.
Here's the VirusTotal.com complete report on Unlocker1.9.1.exe from today, 4/15/2010
Antivirus Version Last Update Result
AhnLab-V3 2011.04.15.00 2011.04.15 -
AntiVir 220.127.116.11 2011.04.15 -
Antiy-AVL 18.104.22.168 2011.04.15 -
Avast 4.8.1351.0 2011.04.15 -
Avast5 5.0.677.0 2011.04.15 -
AVG 10.0.0.1190 2011.04.15 -
BitDefender 7.2 2011.04.16 -
CAT-QuickHeal 11.00 2011.04.15 -
ClamAV 0.97.0.0 2011.04.16 -
Commtouch 22.214.171.124 2011.04.15 -
Comodo 8357 2011.04.16 -
DrWeb 5.0.2.03300 2011.04.16 -
eSafe 126.96.36.199 2011.04.15 -
eTrust-Vet 36.1.8274 2011.04.15 -
F-Prot 188.8.131.52 2011.04.15 -
F-Secure 9.0.16440.0 2011.04.15 -
Fortinet 4.2.257.0 2011.04.15 -
GData 22 2011.04.16 -
Ikarus T184.108.40.206.0 2011.04.15 -
Jiangmin 13.0.900 2011.04.15 -
K7AntiVirus 9.96.4398 2011.04.15 -
Kaspersky 220.127.116.11 2011.04.15 -
McAfee 5.400.0.1158 2011.04.16 -
McAfee-GW-Edition 2010.1D 2011.04.15 -
Microsoft 1.6702 2011.04.16 -
NOD32 6045 2011.04.15 Win32/Adware.ADON
Norman 6.07.07 2011.04.15 -
Panda 10.0.3.5 2011.04.15 -
PCTools 18.104.22.168 2011.04.15 -
Prevx 3.0 2011.04.16 -
Rising 23.53.04.05 2011.04.15 -
Sophos 4.64.0 2011.04.16 -
SUPERAntiSpyware 22.214.171.1246 2011.04.15 -
Symantec 20126.96.36.199 2011.04.16 -
TheHacker 188.8.131.52.175 2011.04.15 -
TrendMicro 184.108.40.2062 2011.04.15 -
TrendMicro-HouseCall 220.127.116.112 2011.04.16 -
VBA32 18.104.22.168 2011.04.15 -
VIPRE 9024 2011.04.16 -
ViRobot 2011.4.15.4412 2011.04.15 -
VirusBuster 13.6.307.0 2011.04.15 -
MD5 : 2d81f8ba9f8b8f060ca0de887d9ef41a
SHA1 : 6e45431b698cdb7be8f1a41266be7b327f33ad38
Microsoft, through IE8, is reporting that the website "has been reported as unsafe". I suspect that this is untrue, but it has been so long since this application has been updated, it is possible that someone has taken it over and is using it to distribute malware.
I would really like to try this update for my Win 7 64 bit machines, but hesitate to do so until it is shown to be safe.
I decided to use another browser, Google Chrome, to look at this application ... no warning this time. I downloaded Unlocker and then used Microsoft Security Essentials to examine the file ...
The report : The file contains a "TrojanClicker:Win32/Yabector.B" which is described this way...
"TrojanClicker:Win32/Yabector.B is a program that notifies a web server of its presence without user consent. It may be bundled with an installation program as a file "eBayShortcuts.exe".
In this case, the file is the Unlocker exe.
Microsoft may be wrong, but until the program has been shown to be safe, I think you may wish to stay away from it.
So, has this been abandoned? The sites been down for awhile.
IE8 reports 1.8.8 as an unsafe file, possibly containing malware or links to malicious sites. Neither Avast nor Spyware Detector found anything though.