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EMCO UnLock IT

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 17 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    112,181
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 20, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    45
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excellent Program"

August 30, 2015  |  By menendez132

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.4

Pros

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!!!

Cons

I haven't found any Cons at all.

Summary

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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1 stars

"Doesn't work"

May 10, 2012  |  By RecklessRon1

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.3

Pros

It didn't screw anything up and uninstall cleanly

Cons

It doesn't work.

Summary

Aside from not working even when run as Admin (wouldn't delete unused protected windows system page file from the root directory of a secondary hard drive with a corrupted installation of windows on it - kept saying it wasn't locked but I couldn't delete it logged on to the admin account with ownership) and having no move/rename/delete functionality I find your product to be completely useless.

I'd recommend the 64 bit version of UNLOCKER - as I used it to fix my problem without any drama.

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4 stars

"Simple and powerfull file and folder unlock selection"

October 08, 2011  |  By cpjmurk

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.2

Pros

Simple
File and folder selection

Cons

No cons expereinced so far

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3 stars

"Not what I was hoping for.."

September 19, 2011  |  By garry.k

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.1

Pros

Professional interface

Cons

Didn't have automatic pop-ups when a file failed to be deleted asking for forced unlock or forced delete.

Summary

Found Unlocker Assistant was better suited to my needs.

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4 stars

"works for locked files"

May 23, 2011  |  By hunter3740

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.1

Pros

works for locked files (that you just can't seem to clear up by rebooting or logging in as another person, etc); can browse for files or folders (but you have to choose which you are browsing for). Didn't seem to add any malware.

Cons

didn't delete the folder I downloaded it for; i.e. still got "The file system resource does not exist.", which is similar to the "Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk." error when trying to delete normally.

Summary

This type of program is simple and free and useful for when you have trouble deleting a file or folder (albeit didn't help me).

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5 stars

"simple and easy"

May 19, 2011  |  By skprice2001

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0.1

Pros

does just what it says - unlocks files/folders so I can delete them

Cons

nothing so far

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5 stars

"It's free and it works"

January 04, 2011  |  By nsl333

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0

Pros

Found out that some files-to-be-deleted were locked by my VM. Duhhhh.
But it tells you even if you're slow yourself, it has a nice interface and it helps you solve your problem. Oh yesss...those files are sooo GONE!!!!

Cons

None that I can see

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4 stars

"Have used a few times and works like a charm"

November 03, 2010  |  By jbinnings

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0

Pros

The right price - Free

Cons

A little diffacult to learn

Summary

Give it a try!

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5 stars

"Nice and useful utility"

October 07, 2010  |  By emco.thorarinn

 |  Version: EMCO UnLock IT 3.0

Pros

Very good UI. I like info representation. It's very clear. And unlocking works good.

Cons

Don't expect that it will resolve ANY problem with locked resources, especially if they are locked by viruses. It's just impossible - no other tool can do it.

Summary

Beatutiful and useful small utility that can save your time. And, of course, it's FREE.

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3 stars

"A good try"

July 24, 2010  |  By zonda2323

 |  Version: Emco Unlock It 2.0

Pros

tells you what the file is getting locked by

Cons

when you kill the process computer restarts but still doesnt remove the file

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0.4
Version 3.0.4 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher EMCO Software
Publisher web site http://emcosoftware.com/
Release Date February 20, 2013
Date Added February 20, 2015
Version 3.0.4
Category
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
Popularity
Total Downloads 112,181
Downloads Last Week 45
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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