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What percent of users and experts removed it?
28% remove it72% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,479
United States Rank #2,997
Reach 0.4620%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.68 days
668.93 days >
Average installed length: 351.47 days


1.9.1 100.00%

Unlocker 1.9.1

What is Unlocker?

Unlocker is a tool that can trace and "unlock" the locking protection commonly used in system files. However, its main use is to terminate the processes that are using a certain file, or force the processes to stop using the file, so the user can safely delete, rename or move the file. Unlocker is a GUI application with the feature of command-line interface through an administrative console. It can unload application extensions, terminate processes, as well as force a process to stop using a certain file (This function is called "Unlock" in the program itself). It uses OpenCandy to advertise other software in the install process.

About  (from Cedrick Collomb)

Ever had such an annoying message given by Windows: Cannot delete file: Access is denied. There has been a sharing violation. The source or destination file may be in use or 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. Unlock...  Read more
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Known to include offers within the setup
Unlocker has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: emptyloop.com/unlocker
Help link: unlocker.emptyloop.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\unlocker
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Unlocker\uninst.exe
Estimated size: 2.32 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Unlocker 1.9.1

Program executable:unlocker.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\unlocker\unlocker.exe
Additional files:
  • uninst.exe
  • UnlockerAssistant.exe
  • UnlockerCOM.dll
  • UnlockerHook.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • UnlockerCOM.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'UnlockerShellExtension' with a class of {DDE4BEEB-DDE6-48fd-8EB5-035C09923F83}.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • Unlocker.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{1F24A49E-4C33-4F62-87C1-94CF7548E837}' (runs on registration).
  • UnlockerAssistant.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{0A6FCF92-B3DB-4C32-A7D2-42F96A19EF12}' (runs on registration).
  • uninst.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F8AD8439-7498-4630-BD95-15A49A5A67D1}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • UnlockerAssistant.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 5.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • Unlocker.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Unlocker' and executes as C:\Unlocker\Unlocker.exe.
  • UnlockerAssistant.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'UnlockerAssistant' and executes as C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • Unlocker.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Unlocker' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Unlocker\Unlocker.exe".
  • UnlockerAssistant.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'UnlockerAssistant' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Unlocker.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Unlocker\Unlocker.exe'.
  • uninst.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Unlocker\uninst.exe'.
  • UnlockerAssistant.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.13 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002985327%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00016627%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00013226%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:2,025
8,062,084 average

How do I remove Unlocker?

You can uninstall Unlocker from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Unlocker 1.9.1, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Unlocker.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 28%
Keep it 72%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.40%
Windows XP 27.57%
Windows 10 9.26%
Windows Vista 6.70%
Windows Server 2003 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 27.54%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.28%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.76%
Windows 7 Professional 10.46%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.73%
Windows 8 Pro 2.25%

Distribution by countryGeography

23.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 23.28%
  Germany 11.74%
  France 4.37%
  Russia 3.82%
  Italy 3.63%
  United Kingdom 3.08%
  Spain 2.65%
  Brazil 2.30%
  UA 2.21%
  Canada 2.02%
  India 1.82%
  Iran 1.82%
  Poland 1.73%
  Egypt 1.68%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 22.28%
Hewlett-Packard 18.63%
Acer 17.24%
ASUS 5.96%
Intel 4.87%
American Megatrends 4.22%
Toshiba 3.78%
Samsung 2.52%
Sahara 2.39%
Lenovo 2.01%
Medion 0.96%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 NoteBook ... 3.70%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.28%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 2.93%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.58%

Publisher URL: www.emptyloop.com


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