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FileAssassin

CNET Editors' review

This efficient freeware application terminates process, unloads modules, and closes remote handles to rid your system of suspected malware files. FileAssassin's clear-cut interface includes drag-and-drop functionality to easily select the desired files. Or you can simply browse through your folders and select the process you want to terminate.

Any of the three malware removal options (unlock file handles, unload modules, and terminate file processes) are quick and effective. An additional option deletes the file after it is unlocked.

Some novice users may find it difficult to gauge the proper file to send to FileAssassin. Advanced users, on the other hand, will appreciate its command-line operations. Switches are available to run any of the options through a batch file process. Intermediate to advanced users looking for a convenient way to remove suspicious locked files will find this freeware effective.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unlocks files so you can process them normally"

    January 2, 2013  |   By Randy Bell

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    This unlocks those files locked because of processes open in Windows.

    Cons

    none, really

    Summary

    This small and simple program can unlock files from processes running in Windows which have locked them so that the user cannot otherwise process them: delete them, defrag them, etc. Even files locked by Windows Explorer, such as the Thumb Cache files, this program can unlock and remove all handles so you the user can process them normally. Very good, and absolutely FREE!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does an excellent job!"

    November 3, 2012  |   By PMc-1

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    Very simple to operate, smooth & swift.

    Cons

    Don't forget to tick the 'delete file' box.

    Summary

    Very pleased with FileASSASSIN v1.06. I always wondered how to get rid of those YouTube .mp4 files that refused to go ... now there is an answer!! All best wishes FileASSASSIN ... hope you grow & grow!
    - PMc / Lincolnshire / England

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  • 3.0 stars

    "looks like a good app."

    December 8, 2011  |   By davebyfram

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    geez cnet.. all the cookies you throw at us.. why i am here, have cookies that won't delete. stop it already.. the file tried to delete did not work for cookie in temporary internet files. but seems like some killer app made it some kind of hidden / system file that won't let me touch...

    Cons

    might not do cookies? in:
    doc & set\me\local settings\temporary internet files

    ???

    Summary

    still reviewing

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it is good at what it does,"

    November 13, 2011  |   By notonly

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    but it will not do folders. files does fine

    Cons

    I think this holds it back

    Summary

    good at what it does

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  • 5.0 stars

    "exactly what i needed to know; compared to other sites"

    July 20, 2011  |   By seemedfine

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    cnet has the best reviews-pay attention

    Cons

    none i can find

    Summary

    great info, advice and ratings are consistenly right on

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  • 5.0 stars

    "ALTERNATIVE FOR UNLOCKER ITS SAFE!"

    April 24, 2011  |   By visualbuffs

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    this is now my partner tool can delete and unlock file which is locked by the process or by malware

    Cons

    nothing so far

    Summary

    i used it .. everytime i reinstalled windows this is must-install program
    i will never use unlocker anymore cause it contains adware!
    FileAssassin is safe and clean program created by powerful malwarebytes so im confident its safe yeah!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is what the name claims! Kills 99% of the time!"

    October 24, 2010  |   By JayDubThaHacker

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    I like this tool, and I want to thank the publisher's with both hands, for providing the world with this app and it's companion AntiMalware for free! I have saved my own and family members' PCs innumerable times with both of these app's. A+++ (-: !

    Cons

    Once the assassin did not assassinate a file. That was because the file was such a jagged toothed beast it could fend off the attack. So many other times this tool kills off beasts that are clogging or crippling or spying on computers I service. A-

    Summary

    You just GOTTA have this tool. Literally no reason not to! I tried to think of one.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Use it for unlocking Matroska (MKV) video files"

    August 23, 2010  |   By dayman

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    It unlocks files some of the time, but not always

    Cons

    Doesn't always unlock files

    Summary

    When it works it is great, but some times it doesn't unlock files!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent! Works like a charm. Must-have software"

    March 2, 2010  |   By cyberlarry7

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    It does what it's made to do extremely well. It couldn't be any easier to use - even for the beginner. Highly recommended - I think everyone should have this on their computer.

    Cons

    No complaints at all. This is wonderful software.

    Summary

    If you've ever had a piece of malware, spyware, trojan, etc. that your antivirus couldn't delete off your computer (and I have) - this is a godsend to have. Just drag and drop and the evil thing is deleted. Everyone should have this on their PC or MAC.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Anti-virus software is not enough you need this too"

    February 25, 2010  |   By mpaige

    Version: FileAssassin 1.06

    Pros

    Gets rid of Malware easily, once you figure out what files you want to get rid of.

    This is great for new malware, which your security software has not yet identified because it is relatively too new.

    Cons

    You have to first determine the file name(s) that are causing you problems. If you are not too computer savy, you should find somebody who is, to take care of your problem for you.

    Summary

    No antivirus program can keep up with all the viruses and malware out there. I had a problem with a trojan tye file called 'setuper.exe" which would spit out other trojan type files from time to time. The file according to the internet seems to have had several incarnations, the latest of which wasn't detected by AVG. The file would not allow you to delete it or move it even as an administrator. On looking at the properties of the file it seemed like you should have access to it, but you won't. However, this program go rid of it quite easily.

    I was lucky in that it installed itself into a temporary directory, so I could delete all the other files without causing any other problems for myself. That left the one file which was the problem. I searched the name of the file on the internet to make sure and then downloaded this program and solved the problem.

    One thing that came out of the internet search was that I saw the companies that make virus detection software were at least two months behind, at least on this particular file. That is the difference of th date of the file on my computer and entries on their sites which talk about the file. This is why I use the free version of AVG instead of paying the other companies for their "protection."

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