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Unlocker

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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 521 votes out of 46 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.9.2
  • Total Downloads:
    3,006,862
  • Date Added:
    May 17, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,607
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: Unlocker includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. Unlocker has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com team and meets our security requirements.

Editors' Review

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Unlocker is a utility for bypassing some of the more frustrating restrictions on files in Windows, allowing you to delete or access files that were previously "off limits."

There isn't much to say about this application other than that it works. There aren't really any features to it and it basically works in the background, which was confusing at first. We tried to find a Help button or Tutorial included in the download, but couldn't find any. They creator of Unlocker seems to be operating under the assumption that the user already knows how to use the utility if they are interested in downloading it. It would be a lot more user-friendly, however, if there was some kind of tutorial included for those who want to use it but don't know the inner workings of the program. Without it, there could be issues in the future for someone who isn't familiar enough with computers. Overall, there's no obvious indication that the Unlocker is actually working other than the icon on the desktop and certain files and folders being accessible when they weren't previously.

The download process was pretty quick and simple. You do need to read everything, though, because you could end up with more than just the utility you wanted to download and install. In one of the last installation steps you can easily miss the Bing toolbar download option, for example. If you don't want to go through uninstalling/deleting extra programs, then make sure you read and unclick where needed.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star 22
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 13
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 521 votes

    • 5 star 269
    • 4 star 96
    • 3 star 26
    • 2 star 26
    • 1 star 104
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1 stars

"Has a really nasty PUP called Delta in the package."

January 09, 2016

2016-01-09 08:12:26

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

No pros for a program that helps install dodgy software on your PC.

Cons

Avoid this program like the plague unless you want a PUP on your system that even experienced IT pros will take hours to get rid of.

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5 stars

"Does exactly what it says on the tin"

November 11, 2015  |  By xanda-escuyer

2015-11-11 17:03:33  |  By xanda-escuyer

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

A must have for ALL windoze users. Why this isn't a bit feature is anyone's guess.

Cons

None - 5 stars al the way.

Summary

So valuable it ought to have been included in an official service pack. A simply elegant and robust tool.
Thanks.

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5 stars

"Performs as described, using Windows 7 home premium"

November 11, 2015  |  By greategret1

2015-11-11 06:43:09  |  By greategret1

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

it really works, I tried without success: malware bytes; file assassination; dos file name delete; F8 boot for limited Windows 7 , nothing worked. This did!

Cons

can't think of any,

Summary

take where you download from, I did it here on CNET, other locations threatened virus?

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4 stars

"Did Exactly What I Needed"

November 07, 2015  |  By jerryjoh

2015-11-07 11:18:46  |  By jerryjoh

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

I had a folder that was left on disk when I upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 and then used Disk Cleanup to remove the old version of Windows. There was a folder 22 levels deep under a "Windows.old/~/Dropbox" folder named "shellext". Explorer still showed it but it wouldn't let me delete it. My backup utility was failing because of this so I couldn't backup my system. I downloaded Unlocker from here because Chrome flagged Empty Loop's website as a distributor of malicious software. That scared me away but I had read on a forum that Unlocker had worked for this exact problem. It certainly did for me. I pointed it at the "shellext" folder and it said it didn't have any lock handles but that it could take care of the folder for me. It offered to Move, Delete or Rename it. I chose delete and poof it was gone. I had been trying for over a week (off and on) to get rid of the folder with no luck. I was then able to delete the "Windows.old" and all the sub-directories. Problem solved.

Cons

The program does attempt to install a toolbar utility. Be sure to choose the advanced install option if you don't want to install the toolbar. This subterfuge is the only reason I didn't rate Unlocker 5 stars.

Summary

Great utility for cleaning up TOC errors but beware the express install. If you don't want a toolbar utility installed choose the advanced install and remove the check for the toolbar install.

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1 stars

"Cnet tries to sneak in a bunch of crapware with install"

October 09, 2015  |  By funky green chicken

2015-10-09 11:06:23  |  By funky green chicken

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

Program works.

Cons

Be very careful when installing. Cnet makes its crapware install look like you are agreeing to EULA... you are not. You are authorizing a bunch a junk to be installed.

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5 stars

"Amazing--Like No Other."

August 01, 2015  |  By matt674885

2015-08-01 04:13:29  |  By matt674885

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

This program works fantastically--the best I've yet seen.

Cons

There are no cons I've encountered (yet).

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5 stars

"Brilliant!!"

June 26, 2015  |  By samawatif

2015-06-26 18:03:22  |  By samawatif

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

I've encountered an error "Folder Delete Error No longer located in blah blah..." when attempting to delete a folder in my desktop, I tried all the tricks in the book from F5, restart, safe mode and command prompt etc, without any success until I installed this program, it took 5 seconds to get rid of the folder.
Make sure to deselect unwanted programs during the installation this the program.

Cons

absolutely none!

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4 stars

"Seems to work like a charm"

March 17, 2015  |  By pjay337

2015-03-17 05:49:11  |  By pjay337

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

Copying files with TeraCopy, and it encounters a locked file - after installing Unlocker, TeraCopy stops and asks if I want to Unlock (or skip, retry etc.) the file. Click on Unlock: Unlocker window pops up, click on Unlock All, then click Retry - and boom! all good.

Cons

1. You need to watch your copy program in progress for files that need unlocked, and interact with the computer.

2. BEWARE when installing to not install the junkware that it comes with. Usually this means clicking on "custom" or some such and UN-clicking the junkware install(s). Firefox would not let me download the unlocker program easily, but I could under Chrome. I would gladly pay the developer a couple of bucks for the program (lots more than they get from being a junkware-participant) if given the choice. There isn't even that option!

Summary

Very nice product. Would be pleased to pay for it if that were an option, instead of getting prompted to install crapware.

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5 stars

"Fantastic! Got the job done!"

March 14, 2015  |  By wgan

2015-03-14 05:52:08  |  By wgan

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

A very helpful program. Got rid of a corrupted jpg file that has been causing my notebook to go into super-lag process whenever I tried to open the file or right click it.

The program could not find the lock handle of the file but deleted it anyway.

Thank you, Empty Loop. Cheers!

Cons

No cons thus far.

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5 stars

"Really Does what it says"

January 06, 2015  |  By Mark Holloway

2015-01-06 21:41:11  |  By Mark Holloway

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

Works great, It allowed me to delete a folder I could not change Permissions too and could not get rid of it in any way. This did it. Very surprised at how well it worked

Cons

Has some added small programs but they are not harmful and easy to remove If you need too.

Summary

Works Very good and I am happy with the results. Be careful when Installing and select Custom Install, Uncheck the little boxes if you do not want the extras that install with it. If you do install them, They are easy to remove if you do not want them. Other than that, I really work great.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.9.2
Version 1.9.2 has fixed small memory and behavior bugs.
General
Publisher Empty Loop
Publisher web site
Release Date May 16, 2013
Date Added May 17, 2013
Version 1.9.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.03MB
File Name Unlocker1.9.2.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,006,862
Downloads Last Week 3,607
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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