Unlocker

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 510 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8.8
  • Total Downloads:
    2,673,004
  • Date Added:
    October 26, 2009
  • File Size:
    1.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,864
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

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 89 votes

    • 5 star 39
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 25
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 510 votes

    • 5 star 263
    • 4 star 94
    • 3 star 26
    • 2 star 26
    • 1 star 101
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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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  • 5 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 stars

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

    January 05, 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 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 stars

    "Works, but installs garbage ware"

    December 07, 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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    What's new in version 1.8.8
    Version 1.8.8 adds fully optional shortcuts to eBay during the installation and improves the way DLLs are unloaded.
    General
    Publisher Empty Loop
    Publisher web site http://www.emptyloop.com
    Release Date October 26, 2009
    Date Added October 26, 2009
    Version 1.8.8
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Management
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
    Additional Requirements
    Download Information
    File Size 1.03MB
    File Name Unlocker1.9.2.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 2,673,004
    Downloads Last Week 5,864
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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