A neat free utility that helps you to unlock files and folders.
EMCO UnLock IT is a neat free utility that helps you to unlock files and folders. It allows you to take a control on resources locked by a system, applications and services. For a locked resource the application detects a list of locking processes and allows to unlock the resource by closing file and library handles or terminating locking processes. The application offers Windows Explorer integration that makes possible folders and files unlocking by just a single click in the context menu.
Force Closing File Handles
The application allows to unlock a file by closing file handles to this file. This unlocking approach can be used to release a lock for files that are opened for modification. This approach is safe to use in most cases, because it doesn’t require termination of a process that hold a lock.
Termination of Locking Processes
If a file can’t be unlocked by closing file and library handles, the application allows to unlock it by terminating processes that hold locks. Even processes that are protected from termination can be terminated successfully, so approach can be used when you need to remove resources locked by viruses.
Deleting on the Next Boot
If you need to delete a file or folder, the program tries to unlock by closing the opened handles and terminating the locking processes. The unlocked resource is deleted. If unlock doesn’t work, deletion is scheduled for the next boot of the PC. On boot deletion allows to safely delete the locked resources.
Integration with Windows Explorer
To check a resource for locks and unlock it you have to enter path to the resource in the application. In order to reduce actions required to check and unlock file or folder, you can integrate the application with the Windows Explorer and access its actions from the context menu.