Unlocker

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 514 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.9.2
  • Total Downloads:
    2,861,714
  • Date Added:
    May 17, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,499
  • 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

    3.4

    out of 39 votes

    • 5 star 18
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 514 votes

    • 5 star 265
    • 4 star 95
    • 3 star 26
    • 2 star 26
    • 1 star 102
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4 stars

"Seems to work like a charm"

March 17, 2015  |  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

 |  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

 |  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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1 stars

"Malware eveywhere"

November 11, 2014  |  By brolin79

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

The program still makes what it promise

Cons

You can't call freeware a program that tries to install you crap even being careful. It's sad because i used this program some years ago and i liked it but now for me is garbage.

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1 stars

"Very Tricky"

September 17, 2014  |  By farsickle

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

Removes Unwanted Off-Limits files etc

Cons

Very tricky additional Data from this v.1.9.2
UnlockerApplication.exe in Program Files [cannot be found!]., but upon C:\ search (first pass = No Result)., 2nd Pass [Search File Contents] results in 1xFile [a XML Document File] where the .exe [Linked to the Registry] exists = "Your Start-Up cannot be altered & it slips back to Unlockers settings each Re-Boot"
Remove the XML Document File, then CCleaner can remove the Registry Entry., Then you can set your own Boot settings.
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All the above criticisms

Summary

Do Not Consider It

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1 stars

"Beware..Contains MALWARE"

June 26, 2014  |  By lupusic

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

Yes, it unlocks files but it unlocks(!) some other things too!!!

Cons

Hi-jacked my internet browsers, homepage and tried to install some malware as if it was Adobe Flash Player. But flash player was already installed in my PC and I hated changed homepage & new weird search engine...

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5 stars

"It works like it is supposed to."

May 07, 2014  |  By PSSnyder

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

Simple way to unlock files that have been left with locked attribute set

Cons

Make sure to decline optional software when installing, download only from CNET

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5 stars

"Very good utility program."

May 03, 2014  |  By dogbilllin

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.9.2

Pros

It helped me to get rid of a half-way deleted folder.

Cons

Watch out download procedures. Don't take something you don't need other than the "Unlocker".

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4 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 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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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 http://www.emptyloop.com
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 2,861,714
Downloads Last Week 3,499
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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