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  • Unlocker icon


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    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.9.2, released in May 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Bundleware Be careful during the installation:
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    Free Windows

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    Delete Doctor

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    Locked Files Wizard

    The Locked Files Wizard, formerly known as CopyLock, is an assistant that allows you to either delete, move or rename files or folders used by the system or any other...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued According to website, no updates since Wednesday, May 05, 2010. See
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    File & Folder Unlocker

    File & Folder Unlocker is a powerful yet easy-to-use system utility that gives you complete control over the locked files and folders on your computer. Like our...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The product is no longer available on the official website, but last version released on March 2009, can be still downloaded from Softonic.

LockHunter Comments

about LockHunter · ·

Unlocking sticky files/folders can be risky ... it should be done with caution.
sometimes reboot can resolve the issue (safely remove any USB devices that might be implicated)
Sticky USBs should be disconnected while the PC is shutdown

Context Menu item makes unlocking easy ... point and click.
One of the unlockers.

Installed an ancient Win-XP app on Win-7 PRO x64 pc. EXE would run, but not show GUI.
Was not listed in TaskManager. Could not delete nor unlock the old EXE.
LockHunter showed a message that old EXE would be deleted on next boot. And it did
. . :) :)

The context menu caption is ridiculously long (verbose).
I contacted the developer (email) several years ago, his reply: "he would think about it".
A new version and he didn't think about it. :(
Caption is not in Registry and I cannot dig deep enough with "Resource Hacker"
- if all captions are verbose trying to quickly locate the "hot spot" is tedious and frustrating.
- eg. "Would you like to save this file" vs "Save"

FileSearchEX has a default caption "Search via FileSearchEX" ... another overly verbose caption.
- with a registry tweak changed FSex (context menu caption) to ... "Find ..."


Can't start it sometimes...

Comment by realnabarl
about LockHunter · Aug 2015 ·

It is weird it just start the instance but not the program, and now it back to normal again.
Anyone else having this problem too?



Comment by Katrina74
about LockHunter · Jan 2015 ·

Long Path Tool is also very useful in this situation, you can also try as an alternative for easy fix.


And, contrarily to Unlocker, this one has no toolbar and cr ...

Comment by Stonkie
about LockHunter · Jun 2011 · 1 Helpful

And, contrarily to Unlocker, this one has no toolbar and crapware bundled with it. Great find!


Where I've always used Unlocker I found this as an alternat ...

Comment by Pr1me
about LockHunter · Jun 2011 ·

Where I've always used Unlocker I found this as an alternative on Windows 7, which Unlocker doesn't support.