Repair Tool of the Week: Unlocker 1.8.5

Unlocker is a Windows Explorer extension which allows you to right click on a file or folder that you get an error when deleting or moving. Unlocker can help you unlock files that produce error messages like these (or similar to):

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.




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Bryce Whitty

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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (4)

  • John Waddy says:

    I have not had much success with Unlocker, but I have had a whol heck of a time using !KillBox.

    Excellent site BTW.

  • Bryce W says:

    Killbox is a great tool as well. However, I find Unlocker is better at releasing files from XP’s grip without having to reboot the computer.

  • Paul S says:

    I LOVE unlocker, it has worked everytime. It has saved me alot of time and frustration, thank you.

  • Keith says:

    i have a corrupt file that show up as a virus. when i try to delete it it say Access is denied. i have AVG on the computerand that how i was able to find the files. how to i go about deleting this file.