This freeware application gives users the ability to unlock files that have been locked by another process, but it lacks a quick-search function for identifying all locked files. FreeFile has a basic windows-based interface that lets users browse for locked files or folders. When the user clicks Go, FreeFile identifies the sharing-violation process and lists the process properties, including owner name, SID, full path, priority and the amount of virtual memory used. The user then has the option to kill the process. During our tests the program quickly killed the process we selected. This free program would be useful for identifying and end-locking processes when you're deleting, removing, or renaming files or folders.
What's new in version 1.2
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedJuly 27, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional RequirementsWindows 2000/XP/2003 Server, Microsoft .Net Framework
"Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use." "There has been a sharing violation." "The source or destination file may be in use."--These are typical error messages you get when you try to delete a file that is locked by a process. But which process has locked the file? Use FreeFile to automatically find out which process is locking your file, and free the file by ending the process.