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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 89 votes

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    • 2 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "LONG PATH TOOL"

    March 23, 2012  |   By LeeRoyYYYYY

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    Hi Guys, just to update you, finally I found a way to solve it
    Do you have error messages?, like :

    * Path too long
    * Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source file or disk
    * Cannot delete file: Access is denied
    * There has been a sharing violation.
    * Cannot delete file or folder The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name.

    For that I tried it with: http://longpathtool.com/

    Cons

    Hi Guys, just to update you, finally I found a way to solve it
    Do you have error messages?, like :

    * Path too long
    * Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source file or disk
    * Cannot delete file: Access is denied
    * There has been a sharing violation.
    * Cannot delete file or folder The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name.

    For that I tried it with: http://longpathtool.com/

    Summary

    Hi Guys, just to update you, finally I found a way to solve it
    Do you have error messages?, like :

    * Path too long
    * Error cannot delete file: cannot read from source file or disk
    * Cannot delete file: Access is denied
    * There has been a sharing violation.
    * Cannot delete file or folder The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name.

    For that I tried it with: http://longpathtool.com/

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not a good idea"

    April 30, 2011  |   By danieleales

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    The only thing good that came out of this download was finding out that my anti-virus works. AVG didn't like this installation, so neither do I.

    Cons

    If you read through the pros then I really don't need to type anymore.

    Summary

    Bottom line, don't download if you want your computer infection free. If you couldn't care less about your computers security, go ahead and download.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "This program may be dangerous!"

    March 7, 2010  |   By traxman57

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    I used it to delete several "locked" programs that were giving me problems.

    Cons

    This program was identified by Advanced System Protector as containing a "Script Virus" known as "Virus.Parite.b"

    Summary

    Although I found the program quite useful I had A.S.P. send it to quarantine rather than take a chance. Download and use this program at your own risk!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I have to RAVE about this!"

    March 1, 2010  |   By currentoffer

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    EASY!
    Works like a charm. I couldn't figure out how to delete the files--almost messed with some system files manually to defeat this problem. Glad I kept looking. :)

    Cons

    I worry that if this is so easy for me, what prevents viruses, adware etc. from accessing this tool on my machine and using it against me.

    Summary

    EXCELLENT tool and time-saver (possibly saved my computer from being harmed by me.)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "work great wXP does NOT work w/windows 7 but had 2 try"

    March 1, 2010  |   By Puddums

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    it worked great on the older OS, I also was using an older version of this program as well

    Cons

    This does contain something fishy.... norton says a virus... & something about an e-bay add on... is this a password stealer mayb?

    Summary

    use the older version if you can find it... the new one sucks

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  • 4.0 stars

    "An invaluable tool for monkeying with your system"

    February 25, 2010  |   By RecklessRon1

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    Worked well with encrypted and system files.

    Cons

    Didn't work on encrypted password protected system files

    Summary

    It worked on almost every folder and file I tried it on over the few weeks. During that time I replaced my main internal hard drive by copying it off to an external drive and then switching it out for a new internal drive and copying my stuff back. So I did run into a lot of locked files and it handled all of them, except it didn't work on a few encrypted, password protected system files. I don't recall how I password protected them (they aren't really system files I just set the system attributes on) or what the password was because I did it several years ago. Anyway it made my life a lot easier and I wouldn't be without it in my tool kit :~)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "pwnsauce program"

    February 24, 2010  |   By Maave

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    Finds hooks and unlocks them quickly

    Cons

    hmm, nope none

    Summary

    Stop saying it's a virus: it's NOT. Unlocker has low-level hooking techniques, and if you knew a thing about viruses and trojans you would realize that this is a false-positive generated by AV heuristics. Unlocker has malware-like code because that's exactly what it's supposed to do: find, unhook, or kill processes. It's perfectly safe

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A genuine sanity preserver"

    February 24, 2010  |   By qaelith.2112

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    Super simple, tells you what you need to know and gives you the ability to do what needs to be done with it

    Cons

    Another thing wanting to run all the time and leave something in my system tray. Would be really great if it could recommend whether unlocking is safe, based on what it might know about whatever has the file locked.

    Summary

    This utility does exactly what I want. I right click a file, select "unlocker", get a rundown of exactly what has locked the file, and then I'm able to force it to unlock if still want to do that. Often, just knowing what has locked it will give you a chance to go to that application and make it free the file gracefully. You may even find that something has it locked that wouldn't be a good bet to force it to unlock. Often something silly has it locked, like Windows Explorer, and this is the quick cure. For those very rare locks that are stubborn, where it can't unlock on the fly and rebooting will just have the offending process lock the file right away, this utility will offer to delete the file when you next reboot the computer. Awesome.

    My only real complaint is that this wants to stick yet another thing in my system tray, and this means yet another thing running all the time. I don't see a need for this. Adding itself to the context menu to be invoked only when I right click a file and select "unlock" should be perfectly adequate. I do see where some might want that "unlocker wizard" in the system tray, so how about an option during install time to enable that or to give me the minimal "not running all the time" choice so I won't have to go behind it and delete it from the autorun list? That doesn't seem like too much to ask.

    My other "Con" was actually a wish list item, which could very well be difficult for the developer. The app is really amazingly useful without it but would be more useful with, particularly for the less sophisticated. Perhaps the utility could take a stab at telling me whether it believes unlocking this particular file would certainly be OK, certainly be a Really Bad Idea, or it isn't really sure so please use caution.... I'm able to infer this most of the time from my experience with what has it locked, so maybe it could draw some conclusions from at least some set of known processes that might have a file locked.

    There are other utilities that do the same thing as this one, but this is the one I've kept using for the long haul. It's as close to a utility that is what I would have created myself as I believe I'm going to get.

    If I could rate in 1/2 star increments I'd have actually given it a 4.5 -- I really only wanted to dock it 1/2 star for not giving me a choice during installation in the always running process.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unlocker versions 1.8.6 and above contain malware."

    February 21, 2010  |   By firstrock

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    Version 1.8.5 and below was a great tool and did not have malware. Avoid versions 1.8.6 and above!

    Cons

    The free Microsoft Security Essentials tool reports Unlocker 1.8.8, as downloaded from CNET(!), contains the TrojanClicker, which has a severe alert level. Version 1.8.5 is ok; however, CNET won't allow you to download it. Get version 1.8.5 elsewhere

    Summary

    Do a web search of... unlocker virus ...to see the security discussions about the later versions of unlocker.
    To find a download of the most recent version without malware, search for... Unlocker 1.8.5 winAddons.com

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unlocker contains virus"

    February 20, 2010  |   By Reno_Bill

    Version: Unlocker 1.8.8

    Pros

    Nothing, as it contains a virus. I sent a message to CNET suppor that: I have downloaded Unlocker 1.8.8 twice over the past week, and both times, Norton NIS 2009 found the heuristic virus Suspicious.ADH, which it quarantined.

    Cons

    It contains a virus.

    Summary

    CNET needs to recheck this product ASAP regarding its virus content.

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