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Two questions: 1) Have you ever tried to delete or rename a file or folder, only to have your own PC tell you no, you can't do that because it's locked by another program or process? 2) Don't you have enough frustration in your life without software piling on? EMCO UnLock IT takes care of Question 2 by dealing with Question 1. It's freeware that can unlock files and folders that are locked by system processes or other programs when you receive an Access Denied error message. It does this by attempting to close any processes and services locking a resource or, if that doesn't work, prompting the user to terminate the process holding the resource hostage. That's handy if you're not sure where the file system fender-bender happened, but EMCO UnLock IT can save time by unlocking resources more quickly than you can do by the usual step-intensive methods. It can also terminate viruses, Trojans, and other hard-to-kill malware.

EMCO UnLock IT's attractive, colorful interface offers many skin choices via a skin chooser button on the upper border as well as the toolbar. The interface sports two tabs, Applications and Actions. We browsed to Program Files under the Applications tab, and UnLock IT displayed all running processes for the directory, their specific locations, and the Process Name and ID, Description, and Executable Path of any process locking the resource. Right-clicking any entry let us choose Close Handles, either All handles or File or Library, as applicable, or Kill All Processes, a more drastic step that prompted a warning message. We could also click Unlock Resource or Kill All Resources on the toolbar, as well as close handles and display process properties sheets via the Actions tab. We intentionally created situations in which we could not open or close a file or folder because it was locked by another application or resource. Normally, we'd track down the issue in Explorer, and UnLock IT offers a Jump to Explorer option, too. But UnLock IT gave a handy central overview that let us quickly free up locked resources. A clear, comprehensive, and detailed Help file answered all our questions.

EMCO UnLock IT simplifies the process of freeing up system resources being held hostage by other processes and applications. It's a powerful tool that should be used with care, especially when killing processes.

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5 stars

"Did the job where Windows Explorer failed"

January 07, 2016  |  By Ewald F.

2016-01-07 14:18:42  |  By Ewald F.

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.4


Easy to use and integration in Windows Explorer worked fine: it did the job.


Installed version 3 in Windows 10, but that crashed. Downloaded version 4 from EMCO's site and that installed smoothly. Removed a folder that Windows Explorer failed to delete.


If you use Windows 10 download the newest version from EMCO's website.

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5 stars

"Excellent Program"

August 30, 2015  |  By menendez132

2015-08-30 00:41:52  |  By menendez132

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.4


Excellent program. Works perfectly every time. I have used all versions of this program, including v.3.0.4, with Windows XP to 8.1, and I have been always very satisfied with the results.
I hope EMCO Software updates the program for Windows 10, because no other unlock software works better than EMCO UnLock IT!!!


I haven't found any Cons at all.


Excellent program. There isn't any Unlock software --known to me-- that works better than EMCO UnLock IT. I hope EMCO Software updates soon their program for Windows 10!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.4
Version 3.0.4 includes unspecified updates.
Publisher EMCO Software
Publisher web site
Release Date February 20, 2013
Date Added February 20, 2015
Version 3.0.4
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.84MB
File Name UnLockITSetup.exe
Total Downloads 114,490
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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