Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Deleting undeletable files using Unlocker

Many a time we have come across a situation where we try to remove/delete, move a file or a folder and we get this message.
Sometimes it just says 'Cannot delete file: access denied,' or may be 'Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use'. Most of the times it is true that the file mite be being used and that's why this warning can be a boon to some people. But it also happens that even though it is 'really' not being used anywhere, these kinds of messages pop up and hamper our computer activity.
This can especially happen if a trojan or a virus is actively using a file and therefore is not allowing it to be deleted. If you are a computer technician or work with computers a lot then you sure must have got these warnings when trying to delete virus infected files.

There's a beautiful software to fight this problem and that is Unlocker. Follow these simple steps to solve this problem
1. Simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker

2. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear.
3. Simply click Unlock All and you are done!
Its a freeware and is very light. It's a must have for any computer user. Who knows when one will need it! Download the portable or installable version. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available.

Note: this freeware will work on 32 bit version of windows only. A 64 bit version is under development by the software developer.

You may also want to try a very good and recommended alternative to Unlocker, i.e. LockHunter. Check out  the Unlocker alternative for Windows or if you want to try doing it manually then try the link deleting undeletable files manually using command prompt.

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