IObit Unlocker

IObit Unlocker

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.9
out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    31,741
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 04, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    230
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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It's annoying to try to delete a file or folder, only to be told you can't because it's locked, usually because it's already open in another application. Most of the time, simply closing stuff and trying again does the job. When it doesn't, try a file unlocker, a simple tool that frees files and folders from whatever has them locked, even when you're not sure what's holding up the show. We tried IOBit's Unlocker, a free utility that unlocks files and folders so that you can delete or modify them.

IOBit Unlocker opened with a tool tip noting that users can access the program directly from context menus in Explorer, which we appreciate. The program's interface could hardly be simpler, but it's well-suited to the task. We could either drag and drop files and folders into the main window or click Add and do it the "hard way," by browsing to a destination. We created and saved a Word document and then tried (unsuccessfully) to delete it in Explorer. Next we clicked IOBit Unlocker's context menu entry. Another interface opened; this one containing an Unlock button as well as a check box to enable Forced Mode, which terminates all related processes but should only be used if the usual method fails. Unlocker lists any processes using the file or folder in the lower half of the window. After we unlocked the file, we were able to delete it normally.

The next time your computer tells you "Access Denied, File in Use"; you show it who's boss by firing up IOBit's Unlocker and telling that piece of code, "You're fired!" But before you declare victory in the battle of man vs. machine, make sure you're not trying to delete something you shouldn't. Windows has gotten much better about preventing users from deleting their own critical system files, but it still happens. IOBit Unlocker is a great tool for saving time when deleting images and documents or for those rare occasions when some weird conflict keeps a file from closing. Just make sure your system isn't actually trying to prevent you from killing it!

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"It's a must-have utility"

January 24, 2014  |  By jmartinez_431

 |  Version: IObit Unlocker 1.1

Pros

- Easy to use and install
- Very effective at unlocking files/folders of all sorts
- IObit has a portable version of that can be installed on a USB

Cons

None that come to mind

Summary

Unlocker is really easy to use and installs easily without problems. I am very impressed with its functionality. For instance, I used it to unlock a antivirus file with ease and it was successful. I highly recommend this product and it's a must-have PC app that everyone should have! Get it and try it out!!!

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4 stars

"Good work for unlock"

October 10, 2013  |  By Albertorny

 |  Version: IObit Unlocker 1.1

Pros

Very good program

Cons

Very good program

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5 stars

"Did the job!"

August 06, 2013  |  By mwoitt

 |  Version: IOBit Unlocker 1.0

Pros

Removed unwanted/malicious file with just a clicks!

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Great, easy to use program that does what it says.

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5 stars

"It works like a charm!"

March 23, 2013  |  By burner65

 |  Version: IOBit Unlocker 1.0

Pros

Deletes files that say you cant delete cause your not the administrator!

Cons

none! so easy to use!

Summary

Finally I can delete those annoying files that say I can't delete because I am not the administrator, even though Im signed in as!
I searched the web, tried safe mode and all the suggestions until this one popped up! All I had to do was click and drag the folder to the IOBit Unlocker and delete it! SO EASY! THANKS IOBit!!! :-)

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5 stars

"Extremely Useful !"

January 03, 2013  |  By tonester59

 |  Version: IOBit Unlocker 1.0

Pros

Easy to use and effective. Ultra-simple interface, and I love having the option in my content menu.

Cons

As mentioned by another reviewer, pay attention when downloading or you'll wind up with a new toolbar and a couple of extra programs. Otherwise, none to speak of.

Summary

It's not that often that I need a program like this, but when it happens this little gem really does the trick. It falls into the "How did I ever get along without this?" category. Nice work, Iobit.

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5 stars

"Perfect work on unlock and delete!"

July 10, 2012  |  By int_revisor

 |  Version: IOBit Unlocker 1.0

Pros

Simple use.

Cons

As usual, you may want to pay attention on the installation process...

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5 stars

"FINALLY I can delete duplicate junk files!"

March 27, 2012  |  By sndwnr

 |  Version: IOBit Unlocker 1.0

Pros

Removes locked files with just the click of a mouse. Next stop, the duplicate Windows back-up files on my desktop computer.
Quick, easy and relatively painless.

Cons

None as of yet.

Summary

Worked for me, after trying several methods of trying to delete locked files, this is the one that did the trick.

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5 stars

""THE BEST""

December 05, 2011  |  By narutoblockhead

 |  Version: IOBit Unlocker Beta 1.0

Pros

Unlocks just about anything you need

Cons

None i can think of

Summary

Its the best

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1
  • Added Supported for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Improved the UI
  • Removed Toolbar
  • Fixed general bugs
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date March 04, 2014
Date Added March 04, 2014
Version 1.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.34MB
File Name unlocker-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 31,741
Downloads Last Week 230
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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