Unlocker 1.9.2

4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 (552 votes)

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Windows 7/2000/Server 2003/Vista/XP / Freeware / 103,568 downloads

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.

Reviews of Unlocker

  1. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 1.9.2 (Jul 18, 2013)

    Once a great software. Now just another piece of junk. Besides adding other bs to your pc. It no longer removes programs like the old days. Had 3 separate files i tried to remove and it didn't remove any of them.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars
    rebeccazoly

    Reviewing 1.9.2 (Jun 3, 2013)

    I have download Long Path Tool and it is the best solution of your problem.

  3. 4 out of 5 stars
    mynamehere

    Reviewing 1.9.2 (May 17, 2013)

    @Music4Ever

    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

  4. 3 out of 5 stars
    Music4Ever

    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 ~

  5. 4 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5 stars
    johnk119

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars
    FelixKey

    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

  8. 4 out of 5 stars
    Billyc

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Feb 27, 2012)

    Having problem deleting Adobe Reader V (10.1.2). It asks 'the path packages cannot be opened' It appears there is NO handle. Downloded Unlock and cannot delete this program . Also causing frequent computer hang ups . Help would be appreciated

  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gisle Vanem

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Jun 2, 2011)

    Top-notch program. Kudos to the coder.

    I finally got every trace of Adobe Reader removed; the
    Adobe\Reader 8.0\Resource\CMap\Identity-H and
    Adobe\Reader 8.0\Resource\CMap\Identity-V

    etc.

    Using SysInternal's 'handle' on those file, didn't reveal who locked the files. I wish 'unlocker' could tell me, but no. At one time I thought "Windows File Protection" was involved, but no. Setting "SFCDisable=1" didn't help.

  10. 5 out of 5 stars
    Psychlone

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Apr 14, 2011)

    Only someone like Lysa (Phat Esther) would give 1 star for missing a download link... that's NOT MISSING. That is clearly not a review for a program, it's a sign that Lysa forgot to clear her (his?) cookies and clear cache...

    Seriously - someone needs to start a petition to ban intellectually-compromised people like Phat Esther from voting or even posting at all. Nonsensical reviews, broken English and a horrible lack of common sense are all traits that are despised in the real world, but are condoned here for some reason. When I'm God, the B& Hammer will fall hard on people like this.

    To everyone else: Just click on Phat Esther's name and read other 'reviews' that they have done for other products. Then you'll see that NO ONE SHOULD REFER TO PHAT ESTHER'S REVIEWS for anything. It's all nonsense and ego-based self-fulfilling prophecy of 1-star reviews that don't make any sense.

    As for Unlocker, it works perfectly, just as it always has. The new UI elements are welcome, but not as much as the new ability to remove deep directories. This little program as ALWAYS been a Godsend!

    Thank you, Cedrick for creating an excellent program that does exactly what it's supposed to!

  11. 1 out of 5 stars
    Phat Esther

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Apr 14, 2011)

    1 star for missing download link, if repaire will delete, until not.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars
    testmenot

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Apr 13, 2011)

    I just love Unlocker. Nice to see it is still being improved.

  13. 5 out of 5 stars
    reviewer

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Apr 13, 2011)

    Fabulous! Finally I can get risk of those pesky long path in the temp folder. Great update. Unlocker is the best without real competition.

    djb247365: All my personal and office machines are Windows 7 and Unlocker works perfectly. And please be serious IOBit Unlocker is a joke, it does not do half the things this program does, and it often crashes. Lame, not even a real alternative. Right click the installer and make sure to install as admin.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars
    war593122

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Apr 13, 2011)

    Awesome, finally the 1 "New feature" I needed to use a few times after installing SP1.

    Nicely done!

  15. 3 out of 5 stars
    djb247365

    Reviewing 1.9.1 (Apr 13, 2011)

    Unlocker worked great with Vista, but for some strange reason, this doesn't play well at all with Windows 7. I tried both the 32 and 64-bit versions and neither one worked correctly on my system, so I had to completely uninstall it from my system and use IOBIt Unlocker, which is free and much better than this particular program. I wonder why the developers haven't picked up on this kind of major problem long ago. Anyone experiencing the same issues as me knows to pretty much stay away from using this until the developers finally figure out how to make this work with Windows 7 the way it's supposed to.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars
    stisev

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Mar 23, 2011)

    ####### URGENT NOTE WINDOWS 7 64-bit USERS ######

    **DO NOT** download the version from Fileforum!!!! It is the 32-bit version. Go directly to the author's site and download the 64-bit version!

    http://unlocker.emptyloop.com/

    PLEASE NOTE -- some antispyware tools (like MSE) will flag this as "Win32.Opencandy". THIS IS NOT A VIRUS! Unlocker has ad-supported installer. Simply un-check all of the unnecessary stuff and you'll be fine.
    Google for details if you don't believe me.

    @Dayzed >> YES, I had the same problem. Stupid FileForum is the issue. They have posted the incompatible version. You need to download the 64-bit compatible version @ the link above -_-

  17. 4 out of 5 stars
    Dayzed

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jan 22, 2011)

    Has anyone had a problem with this proggy not functioning in Windows 7 64x? I don't know if something is blocking it or what but it does not function... any ideas?

    Thanks!

  18. 5 out of 5 stars
    JamesSmith2

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jan 3, 2011)

    Best program there is for unlocking files. I don't like the annoying 30 delay if you choose not to install Bing, but it's still 5/5.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars
    bob.marty

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Dec 28, 2010)

    I had the similiar problem and finally I found solution:
    www.longPathTool.com

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    Plumber

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Dec 22, 2010)

    How can it be almost 2011 and people STILL don't understand that anti-virus software gives false positives all the time? I don't get it.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars
    reviewer

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Dec 17, 2010)

    Unlocker solved my problem! Finally a real solution! 10 stars.

    XenDo: There is no 30s wait at all. And the AV are pure bulls***. Unlocker is fine.
    Sven123456789: Ignore Microsoft.

  22. 1 out of 5 stars
    XeNdO

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Nov 23, 2010)

    this has been a good proggie in the past but now the installer tries to install 'bing toolbar'. if u deselect it the installer makes u pay w/a 30 sec countdown b4 u can continue. when it DID install it was instantly flagged by AVG AntiVirus as 'tojan/adware/spyware'! i will never go bak to this proggie. gonna try one of the many other effective apps that perform this function.
    2bad there's no '0' stars!

  23. 1 out of 5 stars
    Sven123456789

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Nov 3, 2010)

    Always considered this a great software app. But when I downloaded microsofts latest anti virus software, it flagged this for being dangerous and containing the yabector.b trojan with it. If you use Microsoft security essentials, do a full scan of ur pc to see if you get the same results..

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    aliastom

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 22, 2010)

    Great little program, easy to use. Was able to quickly delete an "access is denied" file when nothing else had worked, including admin ownership and full control permissions. If you don't want the Bing toolbar or eBay crap, just uncheck them during installation and wait for 30 sec timer to tick down to zero to continue installation.

  25. 5 out of 5 stars
    Mandrake2010

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 7, 2010)

    Waiting 30 seconds is not great, but I read on the author's blog that he had to pay several hundred dollars to get it to work on 64-bit machines, so I understand and respect his attempt to recoup somehow his investment. He could have made Unlocker not free, he chose not to do so.

    I am using W7 64 and I enjoy Unlocker for free, I just had to untick all ads and wait for 30 seconds, really not a big deal.

    Five stars without a doubt.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars
    Lsavagejt

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 7, 2010)

    I have used this before. I think it's okay. First try restarting the computer after uninstalling the software, or restarting in safe mode before using this.

  27. 3 out of 5 stars
    smaragdus

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 6, 2010)

    During the installation you have to wait for 30 seconds before you will be able to skip the Bing toolbar.

  28. 5 out of 5 stars
    Rafel

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 6, 2010)

    Great program.
    Runing W7 Ultimate x64 an d unlocker have no problems. Perfect.

  29. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 6, 2010)

    IMPORTANT:
    After one of the other reviews said it was working on Windows 7 64-bit I decided to try it again. The problem is the Fileforum download link is for the 32-bit version and NOT the 64-bit version. How stupid of them.

  30. 5 out of 5 stars
    mirong

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 6, 2010)

    > Too bad, now UR forced to install Bing

    No, you're not. When you uncheck Bing, you have to wait 30 secs. before the installation continues.
    "Patience is the key".

  31. 5 out of 5 stars
    mfarmilo

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 6, 2010)

    I've used this many times in the past, very useful. You're *not* forced to install the Bing bar, there's a tick box to allow installation without it. However, if you do untick it to not install Bing, a timer kicks in and you have to wait 30 seconds before you're able to click 'next'. Slight inconvenience there, but not worth marking it down for.

  32. 3 out of 5 stars
    felixml

    Reviewing 1.9.0 (Jul 6, 2010)

    Too bad, now UR forced to install Bing
    Down to 3 just for this

  33. 5 out of 5 stars
    arma1985

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Apr 5, 2010)

    Maybe fasle positive ! Adware ebay

  34. 5 out of 5 stars
    Virtual_ManPL

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 11, 2010)

    Nice update!

  35. 5 out of 5 stars
    mikeyx11

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 10, 2010)

    To the commenter below: To support the development of Unlocker, they have included shortcuts for eBay for advertising purposes. The installation of these can be disabled by unticking it during installation, but some security apps will detect it as it is potentially unwanted and so gets regarded as a security "threat" although it is safe.

  36. 4 out of 5 stars
    sam0t

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 10, 2010)

    False detection by Microsoft Security Essentials?

  37. 1 out of 5 stars
    Phat Esther

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 9, 2010)

    Where is the original unlocker project the tool for delete files ???
    This not able delete files only something process explorer or w
    Totally false project not able delete files, no menu for unlock files

  38. 3 out of 5 stars
    jorgosch

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 9, 2010)

    MS Security Essentials detects a Trojan Clicker in the Unlocker 1.8.9 installer.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars
    war593122

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 9, 2010)

    Nice buddy. Thanks for the update!!

  40. 5 out of 5 stars
    gawd21

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 9, 2010)

    # Change Log

    Unlocker 1.8.9 - 8/3/2010

    The rumors of me not working on Unlocker have been greatly exaggerated. I have been very busy with pushing the envelope at work, MBA studies during evenings and week-ends, and life during the time left.

    Still, I finally had a little time to address all the reported issues on Unlocker, and Unlocker now supports Windows 7. From a x64 stand point, it took me a couple of hours to get it fully working on my machine. I still have to sign the driver which might require a lot of paperwork, but hopefully it will not take long. For the impatient kind, I can provide alpha versions :)

    Interestingly, now that I have a x64 machine, I had no alternative than to get Unlocker working. Despite the increased number of ersatz, none of them really did the job and I really had a motivation to get Unlocker working.

  41. 2 out of 5 stars
    alur

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 9, 2010)

    Nice if you're running XP, but the missing 64bit support really kills it otherwise.

  42. 3 out of 5 stars
    wolver1ne

    Reviewing 1.8.9 (Mar 9, 2010)

    Great little tool, but unfortunately still no x64 support.

    Good thing there LockHunter, which does the same and supports x64 platform.

  43. 5 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Dec 20, 2009)

    I tried FileASSassin, and found it to be a joke... A very bad joke.

  44. 5 out of 5 stars
    gubmonte

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 29, 2009)

    Anomoly: Apparently the author has released a portable version of Unlocker as well, it is available as a download on the main Unlocker webpage. So there is no excuse for using the mediocre Fileassassin.
    Lusono: Fileassassin does not find half the handles that Unlocker finds on my machine on the C drive. Can you give us a real example where Unlocker fails and FA succeeds?

  45. 2 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 28, 2009)

    Changed my mind, it is portable and the folder ability is nice.
    Will see how it fares.
    Previously had it installed & where it failed, FA did not. That was ages ago. Thanks for the tip though.
    Ok, in portable mode it FAILS to see temp files within my IEtemp folder. If it can't even browse to it, how is it going to delete them?
    I don't need to see handles as much as I simply need a file gone. And If an empty folder is the prob a simple reboot can fix that.

  46. 5 out of 5 stars
    Virtual_ManPL

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 28, 2009)

    5/5

  47. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 28, 2009)

    I used to use this program, but now I use FileASSASSIN, which I've had more success with. Still, Unlocker worked for me a few times - I just found FileASSASSIN to work better. The best thing about FileASSASSIN is the right-click options you get after you install it. When you right-click any file, it gives you the option to unlock or delete, no problem. It's also on fileforum, here: http://fileforum.betanew...leASSASSIN/1171225648/1

  48. 5 out of 5 stars
    myboy

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 26, 2009)

    Unlocker is the real deal, nice to see that the project is still alive. LockHunter and FileAssassin are just pale imitations not even worth mentioning. Let's hope that the author ports this amazing software to x64 soon.

  49. 5 out of 5 stars
    Brian49

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 26, 2009)

    Indispensable.

  50. 5 out of 5 stars
    dhry

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 26, 2009)

    Lockhunter is rubbish. For example, I just started the installation of Unlocker 1.8.8 (I have 1.8.7) installed. Like Aegis69, the installation was telling me that c:\program files\unlocker\unlockerhook.dll was locked. I rightclicked on it in Explorer and asked LockHunter to tell me what's locking the file. Answer? No processes found. Rightclicked and had Unlocker tell me the same thing - about seven or eight processes listed. Click on "unlock all", try again, and the file gets updated fine. Now, maybe Unlocker itself is retarded for not being able to unlock one of it's own files during it's own update procedure, but I've been using it in a practical sense for years and it's worked great every time. If you have 32bit, this is the one to get. Hopefully Cedric Collomb, oh, I'm sorry, "Keyser Soze" can update it for 64bit sometime soon.

  51. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aegis69

    Reviewing 1.8.8 (Oct 26, 2009)

    lol I had to use unlocker to install unlocker

  52. 5 out of 5 stars
    gawd21

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (Oct 18, 2009)

    I LOVE Unlocker, however, I no longer use XP 32 bit. I now use W7 Pro 64bit. I neeeeeeeeed this for 64 bit W7! Please. I have no problem making donations, but I need this on 64 bit W7.

  53. 5 out of 5 stars
    lztsgx

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (Oct 1, 2009)

    it's powerful and useful

  54. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blot

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (Sep 3, 2009)

    Top program...I just seem to be regularly using this program or directing others to it. The last time I used unlocker was on a folder that had somehow become locked event to admin on a network server. Within that folder was over 1g of files. It took longer than usual that time but still did the job.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars
    Virtual_ManPL

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (May 2, 2009)

    Awesome program !!!
    Shame that M$ still didnt fix this bug...

  56. 5 out of 5 stars
    rjsheehy

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (Jan 16, 2009)

    This tool should be a standard part of any XP install!
    Performs flawlessly on several machines, x86 and x64

  57. 5 out of 5 stars
    plasticpig72

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (Jan 1, 2009)

    Invaluable tool kit item.

  58. 5 out of 5 stars
    evilfantasy

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (Jul 20, 2008)

    Excellent!

  59. 5 out of 5 stars
    xer0

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (May 4, 2008)

    No Problems Here

  60. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 1.8.7 (May 2, 2008)

    A must-have tool on every system. However, I'm seeing more and more cases when Unlocker can't really unlock.

  61. 5 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Apr 3, 2008)

    I cannot get over people that make such a fuss over having to uncheck a box. They have to do something to support freeware. You would tend to think that the people that use this site would be smarter than that. Great program!

  62. 5 out of 5 stars
    Metshrine

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Apr 3, 2008)

    I am always a fan of good useful programming and this is one of those. I rate it a 5/5 even with the ebay software inclusion. The ebay software is completely optional so I do not label this as adaware. Great work!

  63. 5 out of 5 stars
    gawd21

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 29, 2008)

    I love this software, as I have for years.

    athrunaznable

    You can tell it to not install the eBay link.

  64. 3 out of 5 stars
    wolver1ne

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 28, 2008)

    Great tool, but alas still doesn't integrate with Explorer on XP64. :/

  65. 1 out of 5 stars
    athrunaznable

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 9, 2008)

    From 1.8.6 the program embbeds a suspicious eBay software.
    This program is now adware to me and I hope the author gets back to its sense and removes it in the next version !

    1 point for a program usually deserving 5, but such methods justify it.

    - RWW / Gawd21: You can not untick the box in a silent install and the need to do that is more common than you would think.
    Besides, if users forget to untick the box, it is too late... I want to use trusted programs, not programs that try to install thing behind the users back, hoping they wouldn't notice the box.
    I wouldn't have complained if the box was NOT ticked by default.

  66. 5 out of 5 stars
    Chocobito

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 8, 2008)

    it is a inpresindible tool for Windows, excellent soft

  67. 5 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 5, 2008)

    Works great in 32/64-bit XP !

  68. 5 out of 5 stars
    dougk2

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 4, 2008)

    One advantage of Unlocker over FileAssassin is that it can remove locks on a directory, which apps such as Adobe Photoshop Elements will hold even after the edited file has been closed.

    Sure wish the author would find a way to suppot it on Vista64.

  69. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 4, 2008)

    Great little tool!

  70. 5 out of 5 stars
    philosopher_dog

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    Brilliant!

  71. 5 out of 5 stars
    why hello there

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    The Vista functionality is advertised on the author website. Only x64 is not working as mentioned in the FAQ.

    [Anomoly] FileAssassin is far to be as powerful as Unlocker.

    Based on my experience:

    1. Unlocker can deal with folders for a first and not just single files as FileAssassin.
    2. Unlocker shows a list of handles and the right click is so much easier that browsing for a file.
    3. Unlocker finds handles that FileAssassin never finds and therefore delete things that FileAssassin failed to do
    4. Unlocker is capable of deleting weird pawned FTP file names

    Unlocker is not perfect, but the author is always upgrading it and respond to emails. So if you have an issue with Unlocker contact the author, I am sure he will fix it.

  72. 5 out of 5 stars
    UniversityofKentucky

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    Don't give it a lower rating b/c of past experience. I think people want opinions of the current beta. This beta works great as advertised, and is an essential part of my toolkit.

  73. 5 out of 5 stars
    darthbeads

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    After the astonishingly painless and effortless testing process of downloading and installing this excellent software on my Vista machine, I can confirm that, yes, it does in fact work on Vista.

  74. 5 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    I am rating it a 5, though I am not presently using it because when I had XP, it was worth a 5.

    However, I am now using Vista and Vista is not listed as one of the possible Operating Systems for this program. Question: Does this version work with Vista? If not, is the software author working to build a version that will work with Vista? I'd like to get this back on my several machines.

    By the way, if it does work with Vista, the author needs to update that as a feature on BetaNews.

  75. 3 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    unlocker deserves a lower rating
    because it failed too many times when fileassassin didn't

  76. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.6 (Mar 3, 2008)

    Did they ever fix the issue with the corrupted installer? I always had to get v1.84 because the v1.85 installer downloaded corrupt from their servers.

  77. 4 out of 5 stars
    rseiler

    Reviewing 1.8.6 Pre-Release (Mar 2, 2008)

    If you downloaded it from FileForum in the days before it was actually released, you might want to go to the vendor site and DL it again, since the version there is the real final (MD5 is different):

    Unlocker 1.8.6 - 29/02/2007

    - Fixed bug: Delete, move and rename should work better now.
    - Fixed bug: Non DLL handles are now listed properly on Vista.
    - Fixed bug: List files are compatible with Total Commander again. This bug appeared in version 1.7.7. Thanks to Icfu for spotting it.
    - Improved behavior: The executable includes a manifest for better Vista compatibility.
    - Promotional feature: Added fully optional shortcuts to eBay during the installation. Simply untick "eBay shortcuts" in the choose components page during install if you do not wish to have those.

    Some clever website scouts spread an unfinished version yesterday, this is the real release version.

  78. 5 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 1.8.6 Pre-Release (Feb 28, 2008)

    the fact that a dll has to be registered (for the shell extension) makes the idea of a single exe extremely unlikely, not to mention it being an unreasonable request.

    also, how does the fact that fileassassin works as advertised mean that unlocker deserves a lower rating?

  79. 3 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.8.6 Pre-Release (Feb 28, 2008)

    I use fileassassin and it works a charm portably. Has almost never failed.

  80. 3 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.8.6 Pre-Release (Feb 28, 2008)

    I don't think so! Small apps such as this have no business using an install. There is an ulterior motive to the install! It wants you to install Ebay shortcuts. So it really isn't Freeware per se. The program also wants to update over the web, giving them another opportunity to get their hooks into you. Such a shame, the features are just great. Why not just a small window, drag the locked file into it, and press a button to unlock? Another button to register and unregister the shell extensions would also be lovely.

  81. 5 out of 5 stars
    jafo818

    Reviewing 1.8.6 Pre-Release (Feb 28, 2008)

    What's changed? The homepage doesn't list this version.

  82. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 1.8.6 Pre-Release (Feb 28, 2008)

    Good program but in many cases it simly doesnt know whats locking something :/

  83. 5 out of 5 stars
    dazed

    Reviewing 1.8.5 (Jan 12, 2007)

    To quote Mr Burns: Excellent!

    A Vista-compatible version is high on my wishlist. Running as user (member of debugger users) with UAC=on it is impossible to operate UnLocker via GUI, even if you run it as admin.

    It works via a cmd run as administrator but it would be nice to use the shellext menu.

  84. 5 out of 5 stars
    abear27

    Reviewing 1.8.5 (Sep 13, 2006)

    An excellent program to have installed if you run into locked files on a regular basis.

    Has not failed me yet!

  85. 4 out of 5 stars
    jinno

    Reviewing 1.8.5 (Sep 8, 2006)

    Good product except "upgrade" process for a newer
    version. Why unlocker cannot unhook its own dll,
    when unlocker is closed or upgrade process started.
    Uninstall older version, leaving dlls in
    program folder and reboot and install new one
    does not make sense when file name is unlocker.

  86. 5 out of 5 stars
    extremely well

    Reviewing 1.8.5 (Sep 7, 2006)

    I maintain that AS AN OPTION, I'd rather have a fully-automated solution. I'm convinced such a simple task would take up less than 1% the CPU/mem resources my antivirus takes, for instance. Totally insignificant. But then it could be there's no way to hook into the standard windows error msgs and offer that automated mode without having access to the OS sourcecode. Dunno.

  87. 5 out of 5 stars
    Kylde

    Reviewing 1.8.5 (Sep 7, 2006)

    Perfect tool for the classic "locked avi" problem. "extremely well", if it automatically deleted locked files it would have to be running ALL the time, I much prefer having it as a sendto option, NOT hogging resources 100% of the time (however trivial a RAM footprint it has)

  88. 5 out of 5 stars
    demetrisk

    Reviewing 1.8.4 (Aug 24, 2006)

    Excellent! Waiting for 64-bit support.

  89. 5 out of 5 stars
    benZin

    Reviewing 1.8.4 (Aug 24, 2006)

    The One. Merci cedric collomb!

  90. 4 out of 5 stars
    punjabijatt

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 9, 2006)

    wow iv been using this prog for sometime now does what it says but sometimes u need to wait for a reboot to unlock or delete.

  91. 4 out of 5 stars
    utomo

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 9, 2006)

    Sometimes it did not work.
    example: deleting the compiled things using the cygwin, not always success.

    so I give only 4 instead of 5

  92. 5 out of 5 stars
    extremely well

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 8, 2006)

    There's one thingie missing only: for it to AUTOMATICALLY take over when failed file deletions happen as I casually push the DELETE button on my keyboard, and AUTOMATICALLY release control from other apps as needed, and AUTOMATICALLY schedule deletion for reboot if needed. It should just tell me the end result. Right now there's a few useless clickings. Maybe MS should implement this in Vista... STILL: a jem.

  93. 5 out of 5 stars
    darthbeads

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 8, 2006)

    Completely and utterly amazing. As was noted below, I, too, am only rating this a 5 because there is no higher rating. This is a functionality that was, quite simply, glaringly missing from Windows.

  94. 5 out of 5 stars
    Vimes

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 8, 2006)

    Superb - a must have utility

  95. 5 out of 5 stars
    HurricaneGame

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 8, 2006)

    Does what it says, no fuss. :D

  96. 5 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Updated) (Aug 8, 2006)

    I'm giving it a 5 only because I can't give it a higher rating.

    If you delete files, you need this one.

  97. 5 out of 5 stars
    jon8rfc

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (Jul 12, 2006)

    This program has worked wonders for me on little nuisances that I used to just assume I'd to a clean reboot to access...now I don't have to, and can keep all my programs running!

  98. 5 out of 5 stars
    Nikkita

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 22, 2006)

    Utterly indispensable for those who often delete files or folders. I'm one of those and I had tried several other apps before found this little tool. It's definitely the best. Now I don't need to reboot to delete a stubborn file or folder. And everything is under your control: before making a decision to delete a file you can see what's locking it.

  99. 5 out of 5 stars
    enrom

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 16, 2006)

    Excellent freeware. Is the unique. Is the best.

  100. 5 out of 5 stars
    benyahuda

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 9, 2006)

    Unlocker is one important piece of software. Some Microsoft updates and service packs litter a hard drive with junk files. IE also installs antiphishing folders which are almost impossible to delete.

    Using Unlocker in conjunction with Acronis Disk Director I have yet to find a file I couldn't delete.

    Thanks

  101. 5 out of 5 stars
    Carlospr

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 8, 2006)

    The program always worked for me. It never failed. Thank you for this great program!

  102. 5 out of 5 stars
    Kal-El

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    The new version is excellent. The ability to hide the icon was a great idea. now i can just leave unlocker running and not have to "see it". Works Great! A must have program!

  103. 5 out of 5 stars
    ccollomb

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    Adrian79: Send me an email at ccollomb@yahoo.com so that I might fix the bugs in Unlocker.

  104. 4 out of 5 stars
    ThumperZ1

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    This software is made by Cedrick Collomb, not Keyser Soze.
    I like this software.

  105. 1 out of 5 stars
    Adrian79

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    didnt work, i had to end up using deletefxp files :-)

  106. 4 out of 5 stars
    RonnyJ

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    In reply to matt2971, I saw this on the homepage:

    "Why do my firewall says that Unlocker is trying to connect to the internet? Since Unlocker 1.6.5, during installation you have an option to automatically check for updates. Reinstall Unlocker without this option if you want to turn it off. For those curious Unlocker is only sending "GET /unlocker/version.txt HTTP/1.0\r\nHost: ccollomb.free.fr\r\n" and nothing else."

    (ccollomb.free.fr resolves to the same IP mentioned in your post).

  107. 5 out of 5 stars
    Neustradamus

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    The Publisher isn't Keyser Soze

  108. 5 out of 5 stars
    matt2971

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    Top notch freeware. Small and lightweight, configurably unintrusive, and does what it says on the can.

    One question though - since installing this new version, every time I run unlocker on a file I get the following attempted outbound TCP connection attempt:

    'UNLOCKER.EXE' from your computer wants to connect to perso123-g5.free.fr [212.27.63.123], port 80

    It's easily preventable and the program still works, but I'd like to know what this is... I can't see any mention in the change log.

    ZORTY:

    From my notes...

    -----

    Problem

    Cannot delete an AVI video file after closing media player

    Symptoms

    File in use message

    Solution

    The workaround is to cut the file, and paste into the recycle bin, then empty the bin. However, the following should fix the problem:

    regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll

    The problem is with explorer trying to preview the file (for thumbnails?).

    From: http://www.moviecodec.com/topics/3588p1.html

    ----

    That little Windows "feature" bugged the hell out of me for ages before I found that...

    PS - thanks RonnyJ. Doh.

  109. 4 out of 5 stars
    zorty

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    it sounds promising. and it does indeed work however i just cannot see the point where it is really making things easier for me.

    I have a problem moving files. Windows always complains that the file is in use. Well it is not. It's an .avi file in case you care. So I cannot move it using drag and drop. The funny thing is: I can move it using CUT and PASTE. and this works so much faster than using Unlocker's tree view and click through my whole directory structure to finally set the destination directory.

    my situation. my problem. might be helpful in different situations. for me personally there is no improvement.

  110. 5 out of 5 stars
    Quixley

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    Very nice program indeed!
    Highly recommended.

  111. 5 out of 5 stars
    UTAKER

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    Perfect
    Free
    Exactly does what it is meant to do (period).

  112. 5 out of 5 stars
    osric

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    Great Program. Hey, does anyone know if there is any use of keeping the unlocker assistant running? The content menu "Unlocker" works just fine for me.

  113. 5 out of 5 stars
    Maverick_16

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    Can't say enough. A must have tool for any win user, not just sysadmin.
    BIG THANK YOU for the programmer :)

  114. 5 out of 5 stars
    mikeyx11

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 7, 2006)

    This program is great! It's small, does what it says it does, and doesn't use up much resources. If you don't like the Unlocker Assistant, you can always disable it.

  115. 5 out of 5 stars
    darthbeads

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 6, 2006)

    Small, simple, efficient and effective. Indespensible. I don't know how I lived for so many years without it!

  116. 5 out of 5 stars
    Marshall117

    Reviewing 1.8.3 (May 6, 2006)

    This utility is a must have :-)
    We all have the odd empty folder or file that will not delete unless we reboot, with this utility there is no need to.
    just right click and choose Unlocker and you are sorted.

  117. 5 out of 5 stars
    osric

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 5, 2006)

    Unlocker Assistant is optional when installing. Anyways if you want to get rid of it right click on the system tray icon and uncheck Autostart. Then right click and click Close.
    Now change your rating - its a great program.

  118. 3 out of 5 stars
    SlowNeasy

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 2, 2006)

    why, oh why did they add the unlocker assistant :( was a 5 until this *feature* was added.

  119. 4 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Just when I thought I'd have to turn to a commercial program, I discovered this at version 1.77, with more features and completely freeware, I couldn't resist, and the 40 bucks went to buying a new sound card ^^

    However, It's starting to show some issues with files over network drives. Everything else works flawlessly, 4.

  120. 5 out of 5 stars
    pyridox

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Works very well. I had to use this on several occasions, to free a locked file, and it worked fine.

  121. 5 out of 5 stars
    rafaelcage

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Incredible

  122. 3 out of 5 stars
    ds0934

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Looks useful, but it doesn't work for me when I use UNC paths to explore files and folders. I'm a Domain Admin and it still says "Drive Access Denied" unless I map the UNC path as a drive letter first.

  123. 5 out of 5 stars
    benZin

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Amazing

  124. 5 out of 5 stars
    RealNews

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Best Thing for MS

  125. 5 out of 5 stars
    BadIronTree

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    best programe (the only i have found :P)

  126. 5 out of 5 stars
    LawGuy

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (May 1, 2006)

    Greetings all! This is my FIRST review here at BetaNews. As a matter of fact, I signed up here just so I could write a review for this application.

    What can I say?

    It's fantastic.

    It's the first thing I install in every new PC.

    I used to have to boot into Safe Mode to delete files that would not be able to be deleted.

    Not anymore!

    Great work!

  127. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 1.8.2 (Apr 30, 2006)

    And the love fest continues.......

    btw the bug re 2ksp4 is actually MS fault--if you get the unofficial 2k sp5.1, it fixes that one and others- basic info: http://www.msfn.org/boar...dex.php?showtopic=69579

    more info and upcoming release info: http://www.msfn.org/boar...dex.php?showtopic=58588

    and latest just released: http://www.msfn.org/boar...dex.php?showtopic=72950

  128. 5 out of 5 stars
    gpant

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 20, 2006)

    I just cant understand how I managed to survive those reboots just to remove a file or directory before I found Unlocker.A remarkable tool.

  129. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 4, 2006)

    great idea:)

    great for them lil niffty programs that seem to run all the time but have no services pointing to them,
    use to use this other program that was call delete on boot, but I love this one, agrees with the other guy MS hire this guy and put this in vistia, Hell Mr gates create a XP turbo eddition and put this in it to:)

  130. 5 out of 5 stars
    coover

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 3, 2006)

    To: Das Mod

    Yes, "super" is a commonly used word. Actually, it is short for the word "superlative". And yes, Unlocker is superlative.

  131. 5 out of 5 stars
    luckman212

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 3, 2006)

    Brilliant, simply brilliant!
    Microsoft-- you should hire this guy and have him incorporate this into Vista!!

  132. 5 out of 5 stars
    DIRKES

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 3, 2006)

    This is THE tool, what we search for a long time - THANK A LOT for this freeware !!

  133. 5 out of 5 stars
    dejavu

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 3, 2006)

    High quality freeware!!!

  134. 5 out of 5 stars
    benZin

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 3, 2006)

    always good!

  135. 5 out of 5 stars
    Das mod

    Reviewing 1.8.1 (Mar 3, 2006)

    this program is super useful ....
    (is "super" a commonly used word ??)
    anyways .... this software rules :P

  136. 5 out of 5 stars
    gawd21

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 24, 2006)

    Saves on reboots. Thanks.

  137. 5 out of 5 stars
    HelgeFossmo

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 23, 2006)

    ips, thanks i will try wholockme at my home pc. Unlocker working great on work pc tho so i give this a 5/5 :)

  138. 5 out of 5 stars
    daverage

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 22, 2006)

    Excelent!!
    I used to use wholockme, but this is far better to be honest. The unlock feature is great as it doesnt kill the process that is locking it!!

  139. 5 out of 5 stars
    xippon

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    It really work. Very useful for users who want to have control over all files.

    One bug: problem with encoding button text in national language (polish)

  140. 5 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    Juust when I thought I'd have to turn to a commercial program, I discovered this at version 1.77, with more features and completely freeware, I couldn't resist, and the 40 bucks went to buying a new sound card ^^

  141. 5 out of 5 stars
    JoshSavage

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    Very useful free software which works really well. No spyware and a small download, what could be better. Sad thing is that software like this shouldn't even exist...if Microsoft did their job properly. Surely after numerous versions of windows they should have realised this is one of the most annoying problems.

  142. 5 out of 5 stars
    ips

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    Very nice!

    HelgeFossmo, as an alternative to Unlocker, you might want to give WhoLockMe (http://www.dr-hoiby.com/WhoLockMe/) a try.

  143. 5 out of 5 stars
    toddhd

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    Unlocker is a staple on every machine I have. I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating it is to try and access a file, only to have Windows tell you that it is "in use" when it is clearly not. Then you have to shut everything down, reboot, delete the silly file, start everything up again... ugh!

    Well, with Unlocker on your system, you'll never have to experience that again. Just right click on the file in Explorer, choose Unlocker, and deal with the file in a fraction of a second.

    It is small, safe, stable, works as advertised, keeps getting better, and you can't beat FREE. Well, open source would be nice... :)

    If you have a need for it, just download it, you will not be dissapointed.

  144. 5 out of 5 stars
    niknet

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    Great Mini Program! Very Helpful!

  145. 5 out of 5 stars
    aashay

    Reviewing 1.8.0 (Feb 20, 2006)

    Fanbl**dytastic! Does what it says!

  146. 5 out of 5 stars
    primalgoo

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 13, 2006)

    This program is a complete miracle... And SO SMALL @ under 200 KB WOW... I have been wanting and needing a program like this for a long time... will use it DAILY !! WOW!!!

    - Primalgoo

  147. 3 out of 5 stars
    HelgeFossmo

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 9, 2006)

    Hello.
    The program works great for me at my work computer, but at my home computer the program is colliding with two other programs.

    Firstly if started while TaskInfo is running, it will make TaskInfo take up 100% CPU until you kill the process, when TaskInfo is killed, Unlocker will crash.
    Secondly, same thing happens with my openssh server (server process is ran through cygwins service daemon, i think the cygwin deamon & unlocker having cooperation issues, not openssh).

    Taskinfo also performs alot of the scans that Unlocker does so perhaps it isnt so strange they collide. But im confused why the cygwin daemon would. Having both these programs stopped makes Unlocker work fine on my home pc too, but at least openssh are essential for me to run at all times.

    I have looked through the software, the software's homepage and this page for contact information to discuss this with the author but he havent left any contact information.

    As i said above, the program works great on my work pc, it does what it claims & does it well, however since it clashes with other software I rely on, i cannot really use it :-(

    I'm looking forward to try out next version & would love to rate it a 5 if the bugs are resolved

  148. 5 out of 5 stars
    stisev

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 8, 2006)

    josejosefo,

    You're an idiot. No KAV warnings here.

    Top 10 utility here

  149. 5 out of 5 stars
    matt2971

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    Seems to do the job easily and efficiently... about time I had something like this!

  150. 5 out of 5 stars
    benZin

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    Simply excellent.

  151. 5 out of 5 stars
    rafaelcage

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    The one! ;-)

  152. 3 out of 5 stars
    josejosefo

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    Well, I'm giving 3 stars for this sofware as a neutral vote because AntiVir and Kaspersky detect a trojan in it! Probably is a false alarm but I am not installing it until I know it for sure.

  153. 5 out of 5 stars
    ModderXManiac

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    I started using this app a few months ago, and it certainly beats the hell outta all the similar shareware versions in efficiency and features.

  154. 5 out of 5 stars
    p3t3rb0na

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    Does what it's designed to do and does it very well!

    (delete fxp) 1 out of 9 functionality for free isn't bad I guess? and only a 905KB zip file. That make sense for 1 out of 9 you could always go Pro though!

  155. 5 out of 5 stars
    olegrtecno

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 7, 2006)

    Excellent tool. A must for every Windows developer and other users.

  156. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 6, 2006)

    IF this app doesn't deserve a 5, i don't know what does. About the only thing one could complain about is no win9x support, but hey, don't get your little titties in a tizzie just yet, for this author also makes CopyLock for that platform!!!!!!! Comparison chart:
    http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
    and free to boot-- life is good!!!!!

    See how nice things do come out of France sometimes? Vive la Bast--err France!

  157. 5 out of 5 stars
    Kramy

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 6, 2006)

    Ahh, now I see what this does. Well, it still gets 5/5, as I had a locked empty folder today.

    josejosefo: That's probably because it installs a system file(.sys) aswell as is designed to terminate processes or steal their resources. :P

  158. 1 out of 5 stars
    Adrian79

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 6, 2006)

    this sucks LOL!! try " delete fxp files" by jrtwine software ;-)

    enjoy.. yes i did try this software here and didnt work.. but what i offered works!

  159. 5 out of 5 stars
    Don Juan

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 6, 2006)

    Great little program. Was able to ged rid of some pesky files that I couldn't even remove in safe mode.

  160. 5 out of 5 stars
    tmaioli

    Reviewing 1.7.9 (Feb 6, 2006)

    Man, I was looking for something like this for so long.... thanks - it works great!

  161. 5 out of 5 stars
    rafaelcage

    Reviewing 1.7.8 (Jan 24, 2006)

    File killer! ;-)

  162. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.7.8 (Jan 23, 2006)

    Provides Windows with a feature that it DESPERATELY needs.

  163. 5 out of 5 stars
    darthbeads

    Reviewing 1.7.8 (Jan 23, 2006)

    Utterly indespensible.

  164. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.7.7 (Jan 9, 2006)

    Very Nice. However, I tried making a sfx archive with winrar 3.51 & all I got was a locked file which unlocker could not help me get rid of (I had to reboot). no matta, I switched to 7zip. Not as powerful, but icons display correctly & no probs creating a selfextracting archive either. Now I keep unlocker in context & send to.

  165. 5 out of 5 stars
    lookwhatifound

    Reviewing 1.7.7 (Jan 9, 2006)

    yeah one of a kind program i can think of. even their website tells that the author expected just a few downloads & ended up getting millions.

    good->its tiny! better->it works!! best->its free!!!

  166. 5 out of 5 stars
    berserkchaos

    Reviewing 1.7.6 (Dec 21, 2005)

    i can't live without this...

  167. 5 out of 5 stars
    Brian49

    Reviewing 1.7.6 (Dec 19, 2005)

    One of those pieces of software that ought to be standard Windows equipment. I especially like the fact that before making a decision to delete a file you can size up the situation by seeing exactly what's locking it.

  168. 5 out of 5 stars
    stisev

    Reviewing 1.7.5 (Dec 4, 2005)

    Trashed WhoLockMe and now use this.

    Detects AND Unlocks busy files.

    *******AWESOME!**********

  169. 5 out of 5 stars
    httpd.confused

    Reviewing 1.7.5 (Nov 14, 2005)

    The shell extension bug has been fixed. And thanks, anomoly, but I hate the Send To menu, and prefer to use the shell extension.

  170. 5 out of 5 stars
    Nigma

    Reviewing 1.7.5 (Nov 14, 2005)

    This tool helped me alot and very often, VERY OFTEN :D

  171. 5 out of 5 stars
    stisev

    Reviewing 1.7.4 (Nov 11, 2005)

    EXCELLENT IDEA!

    I love it.

  172. 5 out of 5 stars
    DIRKES

    Reviewing 1.7.3 (Oct 26, 2005)

    Very good idea, to create a tool like this.
    I like this software, because it help me to delete files which can otherwise never access.

  173. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.7.3 (Oct 19, 2005)

    first off this prog has been out since at least Oct 2. second off the option to add to send to menu works better anyways-don't need it in right click menu. must have for lame windows shell

  174. 5 out of 5 stars
    httpd.confused

    Reviewing 1.7.3 (Oct 18, 2005)

    I noticed that bug in the shell extension as well. I stayed with version 1.7.2 as a result.

    Unlocker is one of only two utilities that can close DLL file handles (Process Explorer is not the other one).

    Really good stuff.

  175. 4 out of 5 stars
    Higgy

    Reviewing 1.7.3 (Oct 18, 2005)

    A bug is now present which causes the "Unlocker" option to be missing from the right-click menu, only if using from within a file manager such as freeCommander or xplorer².
    Otherwise, excellent and when this bug is fixed, it will rate a 5 from me again.

Discuss Unlocker

  1. Apr 15, 2011 - 8:20 PM
    Psychlone

    @ 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 7.11.6.143 2011.04.15 -
    Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 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 5.2.11.5 2011.04.15 -
    Comodo 8357 2011.04.16 -
    DrWeb 5.0.2.03300 2011.04.16 -
    eSafe 7.0.17.0 2011.04.15 -
    eTrust-Vet 36.1.8274 2011.04.15 -
    F-Prot 4.6.2.117 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 T3.1.1.103.0 2011.04.15 -
    Jiangmin 13.0.900 2011.04.15 -
    K7AntiVirus 9.96.4398 2011.04.15 -
    Kaspersky 7.0.0.125 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 7.0.3.5 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 4.40.0.1006 2011.04.15 -
    Symantec 20101.3.2.89 2011.04.16 -
    TheHacker 6.7.0.1.175 2011.04.15 -
    TrendMicro 9.200.0.1012 2011.04.15 -
    TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.200.0.1012 2011.04.16 -
    VBA32 3.12.16.0 2011.04.15 -
    VIPRE 9024 2011.04.16 -
    ViRobot 2011.4.15.4412 2011.04.15 -
    VirusBuster 13.6.307.0 2011.04.15 -
    Additional information
    MD5 : 2d81f8ba9f8b8f060ca0de887d9ef41a
    SHA1 : 6e45431b698cdb7be8f1a41266be7b327f33ad38
    SHA256: e6062e3f5cb60f73f75dbd640450cb1d8ad116b0a14180a0843f383a2707bc6c

  2. Mar 9, 2010 - 4:22 PM
    coover

    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.

  3. Jan 6, 2010 - 1:56 PM
    boony

    So, has this been abandoned? The sites been down for awhile.

  4. Dec 3, 2009 - 8:20 PM
    psycros

    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.