EMCO UnLock IT is a neat utility that helps you take control of any file or folder when locked by an application or system process.
It can help you whenever you get an Access Denied error while trying to change, rename, or delete files or folders because they are locked.
UnLock IT allows you to detect processes that lock a resource and unlock it by closing files and library handles to the resource. If these methods cannot unlock that resource, you will be prompted to kill the processes that hold locks.
The application can terminate regular applications and system processes and viruses, trojans, and other spyware processes that have superior protection from termination.
UnLock IT integrates into Windows Explorer, so you can launch it by selecting a corresponding item from the context menu for any resource. It gives you one-click access to checking any resource for locks and unlocking it if required.
EMCO UnLock IT Features:
Force Closing File Handles:
The application allows unlocking 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 the termination of a process that holds a lock.
Force Closing Library Handles:
The application makes it possible to unlock DLL files currently using by running processes. In this case, opened handles to the DLL are forced to close to release locks. This approach also doesn't require termination of the process using the DLL. In most cases can continue to work successfully.
Termination of Protected Processes:
If a file can't be unlocked by closing file and library handles, the application allows to unlock it by terminating any processes that hold locks. Even processes protected from termination can be successful, so this approach can be used when you need to remove resources locked by viruses.
Integration with Windows Explorer:
To check a resource for locks and unlock it, you have to enter the path to the resource in the application. To reduce actions required to check and unlock a file or folder, you can integrate the application with Windows Explorer and access its actions from the context menu.