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Unlocker

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 506 votes

    • 5 star: 261
    • 4 star: 94
    • 3 star: 26
    • 2 star: 26
    • 1 star: 99
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best unlocker I've seen. Not malware but evil installer"

    March 18, 2014  |   By fibrofogged

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    The program itself is 5-star; it has served me very well for years. Great when you need to delete/rename/move a file or eject media safely, but are blocked. Finds the root cause fast; reduces the need to reboot.

    Unlocker is nearly always able to quickly tell me ALL the processes that are holding on to a particular file or folder tree. I then exit those programs normally (for me, Search Everything is often the culprit), then run Unlocker again. When the list is empty, I eject the media or delete the file. I personally avoid harsh tactics like the Unlock and Kill features, though they've worked well for me too (they are rarely necessary).

    Cons

    The sneaky, evil, misleading installer tries to trick you into installing the "recommended" accompanying bloatware. (I guess that's how he makes money from the free tool.)

    Only CAREFUL users should attempt to install this!

    Summary

    I've become rather dependent on this tool over the years; it works well. But its installer tries very hard to trick you into installing bloatware along with it. Currently (Mar 2014), the Yahoo Toolbar is labeled in an especially misleading way. Do NOT click blindly--read every install dialog carefully! To give you an idea, just now I installed it and had to do 5 extra steps to skip/decline:
    + chose English, OK, Next, I Agree.
    - Clicked Skip! (clicked neither "express" nor "custom" install of Yahoo Toolbar).
    - - Clicked Decline to confirm the Skip.
    - Clicked Skip (Caramava)
    - Clicked Skip (Convert Files for Free)
    - Clicked Decline (Optimizer Pro)
    + Clicked Next (confirm install location)
    + To be safe, I unticked "Check for Unlocker updates", but ticking "Explorer extension" is quite helpful.
    + Clicked Install.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Unlocker does the job on XP and Win 7"

    February 16, 2014  |   By zaava1

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    It opens files I've had trouble getting into after reloading my OS.

    Cons

    Sometimes says it can't unlock and I have to move and relocate the file before i can open it.

    Install tries to load unwanted programs. Need to be careful to keep them from installing.

    Summary

    Unlocker is a good program for opening files that refuse to allow XP or Win7 to open them. I use it for opening old files created by old Windows progs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it, use it all the time and have for a long time."

    January 23, 2014  |   By S1lent Echoes

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    Easy to use, integrated right into Windows Explorer.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "In my experience this does what it is supposed to."

    January 5, 2014  |   By luckyrod

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    I like that it is in the right click menu.

    Cons

    I just use it to delete locked files and have not experienced any Cons.

    Summary

    Simple yet efficient.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't survive Mickeysoft for long without it."

    December 16, 2013  |   By FredVanOl

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    Saves lots of headaches.
    Never a problem.
    Unlocks your desires
    Unlocks your true potential

    Cons

    none - absolutely none (10+ chars)

    Summary

    This is one the first programs you need to install on a new setup. I find it totally indispensable to unlock files left in a locked state by Mickeysoft crashes, etc.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works, but installs garbage ware"

    December 7, 2013  |   By ln899

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    It does seem to be able to unlock files for deletion, renaming, etc.

    Cons

    Even though I clicked the "skip" button, this program installed two additional, unwanted programs that took me 45 minutes to get rid of. I really hate it when software does that. I'd rather pay for it.

    Summary

    Use at your own peril!

    Updated on Dec 7, 2013

    I should add that I've been using earlier versions of this program with no problem. This garbage ware problem seems to be recent, which would explain the 4-star rating.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "does the job."

    November 29, 2013  |   By Jerry995

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    Not only allows unlocking, but lists the task that is causing the lock, so that one can close the offending program and remove the flash drive without forcing an unlock.

    Cons

    Some anti-maleware programs flag it as potentially harmful.

    Summary

    Much better than just popping the drive out and hoping that nothing got "broken".

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING MALWARE"

    November 26, 2013  |   By FKKKCNET

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    THE CNET INSTALLER CONTAINS MALWARE

    Cons

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYTHING FROM DOWNLOAD.COM THEY ARE IDIOTS THAT PURPOSELY INFECT PEOPLE WITH MALWARE TO MAKE MONEY, BEWARE!!!!

    Summary

    MALWARE ALERT - ANYTHING YOU DOWNLOAD FROM DOWNLOAD.COM CONTAINS MALWARE. LEAVE NOW. PROTEST THIS SITE!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I Used to Love Unlocker; Got Malware from New Install"

    November 19, 2013  |   By Snate

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    Helps you Move and Delete Files when a poorly designed application will not let it go even after it is done with it unless you quit the application.

    Cons

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
    I just downloaded the current version of Unlocker for a new computer and it installed Malware on my computer. It installed Tube Dimmer and attempted to install something else as well. I just wasted couple of hours getting my system cleaned up.
    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

    Summary

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
    Now installs verified Malware on your system. No it is not an error or false positive as it once might have been.
    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "amazing solved all my trouble"

    November 10, 2013  |   By americaco

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

    Pros

    ..........

    Cons

    none .............

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