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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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    3.8 stars

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    • 5 star: 261
    • 4 star: 94
    • 3 star: 26
    • 2 star: 26
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  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 90 votes

    • 5 star: 38
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and effective unlocker."

    April 27, 2013  |   By HuwWE

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    It does what it says on the tin, with no hassle and minimum resources.

    Cons

    The adware included in the package. Fortunately, you can choose not to install it.

    Summary

    If there are files on your hard drive you want to move or delete and can't, this is what you need.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely Fabulous!"

    April 26, 2013  |   By Barker C

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    It does exactly what it says it will do. Unlocks all those pesky "Access is denied" Windows problems. The folks who say it is spyware or malware did not read all the "offers" that come with the installation. They just clicked "Next". Warning to the downloading "weedheads" out there. When you are downloading free programs, read all the stuff and uncheck the boxes before clicking "next". If you skip this step with this download, you will get some unwanted programs. I do not know what you will get because I unchecked the boxes before downloading and installing.

    Cons

    None, if you read the instructions and chose carefully.

    Summary

    I am an expert PC user. Before this program, I had to go into Windows Permissions and reassign ownerships, etc. This programmakes the reassignment easy, and I can delete files, folders, and all else with ease. Thanks Unlocker!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loaded with malware - stay away!"

    April 23, 2013  |   By Zoshchenko

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    None. I can't believe this is available on CNET.

    Cons

    It didn't work and totally screwed up my system. It installs some horrible shopping tool that causes words on a web page to get underlined and pop-up links to shopping sites. Total crap!

    Summary

    Do not download this. Seriously.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work"

    March 13, 2013  |   By wilsr

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    None that I can see

    Cons

    Does not work

    Summary

    Just does not work. Right clicking on a file does not give an "Unlocker" menu item

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unlocked itunes files to allow me to uninstall itunes"

    March 3, 2013  |   By Rackmani

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    Worked for me

    Cons

    Could be clearer on how to use

    Summary

    Easy to use

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy2Use, does what it says"

    March 1, 2013  |   By Black_Baron94

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    It is a really powerful, handy and easy -2- use programm. I love the right click feature which just enables you to use it fast and easy

    Cons

    It takes some time for it to start-up (at least on my lap top)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT USE THIS"

    February 8, 2013  |   By jjacobus

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    None since it was not able to unlock a file or tell me who had the lock on it (reboot fixed the problem).

    Cons

    After downloading this program discovered it had automatically installed some software to hijack browser links that would pop up with a link the yellowpages. Running malwarebytes found Unlocker had added this software in the registry.

    Summary

    Essentially unlocker installs malware. DO NOT USE THIS. There are probably other apps that do the same thing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No any problem, moreover it solves problems. Excellent."

    January 22, 2013  |   By atab7

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    Helps to access 'files in use' if such situation occurs. The rest of time it invisible at all.

    Cons

    During years of use, working as professional almost 24 hours a day on internet, I didn't find any con's. Except some false positive warnings which should be ignored, for sure.

    Summary

    Useful little tool - great help

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Do not blame the software for bloatware."

    January 17, 2013  |   By bluebsod

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    Excellent, removes all hooks from Windows Explorer and can delete, move, rename the file(s) without the need to restart.

    Cons

    It can only remove hooks from files in/visible in normal file explorer. It can not remove quarantined files from the program ComboFix, or any anti-virus quarantine folder.

    Summary

    CNet is the file host so have the right to add bloatware. The version here is the 32b version, visit file details for the software site to download the 64b version. The Windows 32b will not show up on the context menu of Windows 7/8 64b.

    Updated on Jan 17, 2013

    Odd Jeff.bassler must feel the need to reply three times. But he was correct only once. The version here is a 32b version. Click the, 'File Details', link for the software site to download the 64b version (no bloatware). Install the program, reboot. No admin priveledge required, no file property editting as JB suggested.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Worked Well - Waiting for Windows 8 Support"

    January 13, 2013  |   By ardemus

    Version: Unlocker 1.9.1

    Pros

    Fast
    Simple
    Portable Option

    Cons

    Not intuitive, I had to read the help file
    Doesn't provide good feedback
    Doesn't support Windows 8 as of 2013-01-13

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