Unlocker

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 511 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8.9
  • Total Downloads:
    2,673,004
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,864
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: Some security software applications have detected elements of this download as potentially dangerous. The publisher of Unlocker has written a response.

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

    3.3

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star 13
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 511 votes

    • 5 star 263
    • 4 star 94
    • 3 star 26
    • 2 star 26
    • 1 star 102
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4 stars

"Program unlocks files that do not delete"

August 31, 2010  |  By Nepeangal

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

Use this utility to eliminate Windows bug when you try to delete a file and get message: "Cannot delete xxx: It is being used by another person or program." .

Cons

You have to really pay attention to what file you are about to delete using Unlocker, as it doesn't give you a message "do you really want to delete such n such a file" as once you do it is gone forever.

Summary

Better, more recent 1.9.0 version here. Tested by 3 antivirus solutions, this software does not contain any kind of trojans, spyware or viruses.: http://www.brothersoft.com/download-unlocker-208761.html

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4 stars

"Great to delete sticky files"

August 29, 2010  |  By jmarcel69

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

Fast ans easy to install and use.

Cons

nothing i just installed used and unistalled. I don't download so often video files

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1 stars

"BEWARE - recent versions infected"

August 22, 2010  |  By Ahnan142

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

Unlocks files from active memory

Cons

Infected in spyware, etc. Detected by Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool. Verified by MS Security Essentials. Earlier version were totally clean. Seems developer has gone over to the "dark Side"

Summary

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5 stars

"This worked like a dream"

August 17, 2010  |  By Allenmack

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

KISS. Keep it straight and simple, fast and free!!!.

Cons

no problems observed

Summary

I had aboout 10 files in a wierd directory that winXP would not let me access. Unlocker allowed me to move them, no problem.

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4 stars

"Solved my problem"

August 14, 2010  |  By tazzles

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

I had one file that, sometimes even if the mouse just hovered over it, Windows Explorer would crash. To even try to delete it, failed every time. Explorer even crashed in safe mode, FCOL! This program helped me get rid of it. Thanks!

Cons

Nod32 doesn't like it at all.

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4 stars

"Unlocks and deletes easily"

August 10, 2010  |  By J J

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

I had a few folders that I couldn't delete even with move on boot. This program did it for me can recommend.No spyware or such I checked out the blog first then downloaded the latest version 1.9 and hey presto job done

Cons

None so far

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5 stars

"Great Tool!!"

August 07, 2010  |  By miico1

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

Will unlock anything!

Cons

nothing I know of

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1 stars

"Would not recommend-"

August 04, 2010  |  By Witchunter

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

None so far.

Cons

Failed the first time I tried to use it.

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1 stars

"Get the updated rev 1.9.0! New version is a FIVE STAR!"

July 29, 2010  |  By Rontron_X_X_X_X

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

Does what it used to in previous revs with the latest version 1.9.0. No problems encountered upon install and worked for the basic unlocking that I use regularly.

Cons

Version 1.8.9 is NOT tested spyware free anymore. Microsoft Security Essentials recognizes adware/malware upon installation of the application. Major CON - I will not install this version even if MSE can clean up the mess. Not worth it.

Summary

Cnet needs to update to version 1.9.0 and leave this tainted version in the dust. This is a great piece of freeware when it contains nothing but the actual application.

*Wait 30 seconds to avoid loading the bing toolbar. Install the Explorer extension for the easy right click unlocking option.

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5 stars

"Adds a lot of power to user."

July 29, 2010  |  By emilsam

 |  Version: Unlocker 1.8.9

Pros

Finally you can understand why it is not possible to remove file and sometimes override systems lock.

Cons

Not that I'm aware of.

Summary

Must have tool for every power user.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.8.9
Version 1.8.9 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 March 10, 2010
Date Added March 10, 2010
Version 1.8.9
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000
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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