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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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  • 2.0 stars

    "The authors response to security issues DOES NOT EXIST"

    February 21, 2011  |   By chrisjw37

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    can't think of one

    Cons

    Unsupported application - potentially dangerous

    Summary

    There is a supposedly response to a/v programs seeing this program as dangerous - indeed if a file is in use by a program and its unlocked whilst in use, you system could fall over.

    The authors response is a 404 page - it does not exist - so much for the support.

    Use it at your own risk - as an experienced capable enthusiast, I decided the program was too risky to use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not recommended to use this!"

    February 20, 2011  |   By FFSkyrider

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    Unlocking files & Folders

    Cons

    Adware and ad software.

    Summary

    There's adware in this setup file, plus you have to wait 30 seconds if you don't wish to install the advertisement software. I do not recommend using this software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Potentially harmful"

    February 18, 2011  |   By redwillie97

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    If it does all that it claims...sans the malware...it would be a winner

    Cons

    It didn't help me with my "cannot be removed- some other program is accessing it" issue. It couldn't find any thing to unlock.This is that pesky occasional issue with my usb. I also suddenly found various viruses despite unclicking bing etc.

    Summary

    I'd have to say go elsewhere to be safe.There are other programs that don't bring a gift bomb and the need for a boot scan.
    I do sometimes surf & turf risky ..but haven't had the issues that this one program brought. Proceed at your own risk. I don't recommend and couldn't blast it out quick enough. Have a good virus program at the helm.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "INVALUABLE PROGRAM!!!!"

    February 15, 2011  |   By jlaytonjr1

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    Everything! Deletes files that windows says is being used by another program or just won't delete for some stupid reason. Also, moves, renames, copies those troublesome files. I can't live without this program!

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of!

    Summary

    If you've ever tried to delete, move, rename or copy a file and Windows will not let you for who know what reason, then you need this tool! I have Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit and it DOES work on my system!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Your best friend on your computer-"

    February 7, 2011  |   By andreaborman

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    It unlocks any kind of file even Trusted Installer files.

    Cons

    It removes all files even locked ones,so just be careful you do not delete the wrong file by mistake. You could mess up your computer if you do.

    Summary

    This is a computer users best friend. Unlocker unlocks and deletes any kind of file,even Trusted Installer files. I used Unlocker to delete the Internet Explorer file from my computer that is in programs on C drive.As,this is the only way to completely remove the Internet Explorer web browser from your computer. Delete the file remove the program,IE browser. But the IE program file is owned by Trusted Installer so windows will not let you delete it. But Unlocker unlocked this file for me and then deleted the whole of the Internet Explorer file after I restarted my computer. The IE file was now in the recycle bin after the reboot and I just deleted it. So thanks to Unlocklocker IE web browser is now off of my computer permanently. Which I have no regrets as I hate IE but thanks to Unlocker I no longer have Internet Explorer on my system as it got rid of IE for me. So I recommend this product. Internet explorer is now uninstalled from my computer. But I could not have done it without Unlocker. Andrea Borman.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good application"

    February 5, 2011  |   By ITFerreira

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    powerful tool.

    Cons

    nothing to say

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit"

    February 3, 2011  |   By urlatenow

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    Never used. Would like to try.

    Cons

    As I said: Never used. Would like to try.

    Summary

    As I said: Never used. Would like to try if it ever works with Win 7.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Utility but doesn't work on Windows 7 x64"

    January 27, 2011  |   By paulossa

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    Just works perfectly.

    Cons

    No Win7 x64 support.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I'm Very Impressed!"

    January 27, 2011  |   By cycle_mycle

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    Gets the files you don't want off your computer (be very careful)! Easy to use and very effective.

    Cons

    Very dangerous, but that is inherent in the type of software it is, not that it was created to be that way, it just is the nature of the beast. I still give it 5 stars because it is a great tool for what it does.

    Summary

    There needs to be great care in using this toll, it is a great piece of software. Sometimes, when you click on the desired task - like delete - you have to just let it run and not get impatient. By this I mean clicking over and over again to delete. Just let it run, it'll seem to not be working (stuff flashing like it's going berserk) but it's actually working just fine.

    This tool will allow you to clean up your computer very well. But be careful, this cannot be stated enough.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Product EVER"

    January 26, 2011  |   By theabbo94

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.0

    Pros

    BRILLLIANT WORKS WITH WINDOWS 7

    Cons

    NONE SO FAR WILL USE FOR A LONG TIME

    Summary

    Had a file that was a virus downloaded this and in 30seconds deleted the file forever

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