Some Microsoft Windows files use locking protection, which is a feature that can prevent those particular files from being deleted. Even though some less experienced Windows user may find this helpful and ingenious at first, certain locked files can lead to complete system failure, which subsequently requires a re-installation of the operating system. Unlocker is a quite useful computer application that is able to identify and terminate certain processes that are using a locked file.
As to its main features, the software is particularly useful when it comes to bypassing frustrating restrictions that are placed on some Microsoft Windows files. The application really does its job flawlessly and it is very easy to use. The user does not have to be a computer savvy in order to benefit from Unlocker’s features. The software works in the background, which can prove to be a little confusing in the beginning. In addition, the application lacks a tutorial, which would assist less experienced computer users in becoming familiar with the program’s inner functions.
However, Unlocker is small and, in a couple of minutes, any Microsoft Windows user will be able to figure out how the program works. Another aspect that any user who uses this program should be aware of, is the fact that the application runs without providing any particular notifications. The only confirmation that the software has succeeded in its task is that certain files, which were previously blocked, are now accessible and the user may choose to rename, move or delete them.
More recent additions to the software enable it to successfully remove deep directory structures. The latest version also features a progress bar, which shows the user how long it takes to unlock and delete large folders. Nevertheless, the application uses Windows libraries and some antivirus programs will interpret this as a positive virus alert. To prevent this from happening, the user should include Unlocker in the antivirus program’s ‘permission’ or ‘allowed’ list.
When it comes to competition, Unlocker faces many rivals, although none of these programs can solve such a variety of locked file problems as the reviewed software can. Out of all file unlocking programs that compete with Unlocker, Process Explorer is the only application that is worth mentioning, especially because it can handle almost the same variety of tasks. However, Process Explorer is not able to delete index.dat files, rename or move large folders and, finally, unload DLL.
To sum it all up, Unlocker is a useful tool that forces computer processes to stop using particular files. The software allows the user to safely rename and move those files, or even delete them. Last, but not least, it should be noted that the program is free of charge and anyone can download, install and use it.
About Empty Loop
Cedrick ‘Nitch’ Collomb has written the software and he released it in April 2005. Since then, the French programmer has been working continuously on improving the application’s performance and versatility. Now, the software is edited by Empty Loop. At the time being, Unlocker only addresses Microsoft Windows users. Collomb has stated that he wants his program to be free of charge and encourages people to always check for its latest version on his website.
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