New v1.9.0 of Unlocker adds 64-bit support

Last October I compared and contrasted two file “unlocking” software, LockHunter and Unlocker. Back then Unlocker was only supported on 32-bit machines whereas LockHunter was available for 32-bit and 64-bit. This, however, has changed because v1.9.0 – the latest version of Unlocker released yesterday – has added 64-bit support to the program:

Unlocker 1.9.0 for 32 and 64 bit – 5/7/2010

-New feature: Complete support for 64 bit operating systems with signed driver.
– New language: Basque thanks to Beñat Antxustegi.
– New language: Galician thanks to Delio Docampo Cordeiro.
– New language: Macedonian thanks to Nikola Trencevski.
– New language: Malaysian thanks to Arjuna Puteraz.
– Improved behavior: No false positives for 32 bit version.
– Improved behavior: Handles are now sorted by process instead of appearing in random order when launching Unlocker.
– Improved UI: Locked DLL show as DLL instead of handle number.
– Improved UI: Fixed same process appearing differently depending on cases.
– Promotional feature: Fully optional eBay shortcuts, Bing or Quickstores toolbar depending on location.

Another interesting point to note is since v1.8.9 – updated on March 8, 2010 – Unlocker now has “promotional” third party stuff included in its uninstaller. In other words, while installing Unlocker you will either be promoted to install Bing or Quickstores toolbar, and eBay shortcuts will be put on your computer (you can opt out of both the toolbars and the shortcuts):

The reason I bring up this information is not necessarily to disown the developer of Unlocker; after all advertisements in program installers are some what of a norm nowadays (look forward to an Ask dotTechies on the topic later today). I bring it up because Unlocker adds a new twist to third party installs – if you opt out of the Bing/Quickstores toolbar you will have to wait 30 seconds before you can proceed with the installer of Unlocker:

Bleh; I am probably one of the few people who support legitimate advertisements – in the form of opt in not opt out – in program installers, but this behavior by the developer of Unlocker puts a bad taste in my mouth. Back in October I stated I preferred LockHunter over Unlocker, and this new twist just reaffirms my decision.

If you still desire Unlocker, you can grab it from the following links:

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Win7

Version reviewed: v1.9.0

Download size: About 1 MB for the installer versions, and about 100 KB for the portable version

Unlocker homepage

[Download link – 32-bit version]

[Download link – 64-bit version]

[Direct download – portable version]

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  • jayesstee

    I downloaded Unlocker from FileHippo and had no 30 second penalty, in spite of refusing Bing et al.
    However it seemed to be very random on what files it would show “Unlocker” when right clicked. For some “.dll”s it did and for others it didn’t. And never for folders. Not very reliable, for a tool that you need when you have a problem.
    So I uninstalled it using Ashampoo Uninstaller 4. I then did my usual trick of checking for leftovers using “Everything” for files/folders and jv16 PowerTools 2011’s Registry Finder for reg. entries. To be fair, the registry was clean, but there were files folders left that wouldn’t delete. I needed a program like Unlocker to delete them!
    Anyway, after logging out and in and finally booting into Safe Mode, I finally got rid of it.
    Unlocker is now firmly on my”Definitely No” list.

    @Ashraf: Perhaps I’ll submit a post on my Definitely No” list.

  • Josh

    Ashraf, why so stuborn? In the face of various negative statements regarding LockHunter, as well as high praise for Unlocker, you persist with promoting LockHunter over Unlocker. Cease and desist. It does not become you.
    I agree, though, that Unlocker’s recent attempt at forcing users to install the universally unpopular toolbars and shortcuts leaves a bad taste. Other than that, it is probably the best-of-kind freeware at the moment.

  • What is UnlockerInject32.exe?  When I was trying to install Unlocker 64 bit, ClamAV said that it had quarantined a threat.  I checked, and it said the file was called UnlockerInject32.exe.  Then, I tried running Unlocker while keeping the file quarantined, and Unlocker ran fine.

  • annie

    I posted above about how I’d removed Unlocker with considerable difficulty and installed Lockhunter instead.
    Now I’m going back to Unlocker, because Lockhunter won’t unlock most of the files I try to use it on.

  • Josh

    BTW, I really find Unlocker to be an excellent and, for me, essential utility. Maybe they deserve an extra buck along the way – just because it’s such a nice application. My previous comment was just a buckshot at the general trend that’s emerging.

  • Josh

    No thanks. I’ll just stick with the old version. I’m still getting to grips with the unwanted optional stuff being “pushed” – I definitely don’t need to be punished for not taking the bait. Pretty soon, we’ll have to “understand” that these people need to make money too and that we should be nice and accept the options or get nothing at all. What happened to good old donations and authors making products so good and popular that they get bought out by the big ones?

  • Lascannon

    Sir, I was just wondering if there is any way to modify the installer to remove such annoying ads or “30 secound delays” off from the installer. Or is that not allowed?

  • dan mcguire

    Great to have you back, Ashraf!!!

  • annie

    I’ve been using Unlocker for a while, and have really liked it.  However, I’ve uninstalled it using Ashampoo Pro (it was a tracked install), and then scanned for leftover Registry keys using JV Powertools and Winutilities – both found about 14 leftover keys, which google confirmed belonged to Unlocker.  No problem in itself.
    But when I tried to delete the leftover keys, they were locked, even after a system reboot – to get rid of them I had to log in as Administrator, scan using JV16 Powertools, rightclick on each entry and change its permissions before being able to delete.

  • Hi Ashraf:

    Welcome back!!  I hope your vacation is going well.

    I have been using Unlocker for about two years now and love it.  I do not know what I would do without it.

    In my opinion it is one of the all-time best freeware programs on the market to date.

  • MTVGeneration

    Did you guys read that on his blog that to develop on windows 7-64bit you need to pay huge amounts of money every year?
    I find that waiting 30 seconds and getting everything for free is still a great deal.
    And lets be serious about LockHunter it is a lame copy. Despite what was said in the previous article it does not unlock DLLs, and pathetically fails at deleting most though files that Unlocker deals with just few clicks.
    Even if the author made me pay $1 for Unlocker, I would pick it against LockHunter.

  • tim chastain

    Hey Ashraf:
    I am glad to see You back Ashraf I really missed Your reviews and came to depend on You as to what I put on my computer. You say go I go, You say no I no! Thanks again You are a valued asset to people like Me who have a hard time understanding software and computers.

    Tim Chastain(gatorflea)

  • amozai

    Thanks that you are back and everything is going well now. some of us need your nice reviews and findings.
    Best regards,

  • Good to have you back, Ashraf!!!

  • Adrian

    hi again Ashraf… long time no see..

    I’ll also take a look at Lockhunter… this advertising seems unethical…

  • OldElmerFudd

    I downloaded this earlier today and noticed the opt in/opt out additions to the install. I like the tool, but I don’t really need to update it yet. I’m not running any quad core processors on any of my current machines. I’m a Technet subscriber, so I have a copy of Win 7 Pro 64-bit waiting in the wings should I decide to go that route.
    I’ll take a look at LockHunter – I’d forgotten about that one.