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IObit Unlocker Beta promises to provide access to locked files

10 March 2011, Nick Peers

IObit Software has released a public beta of a new file-unlocking tool. IObit Unlocker Beta 1.0 is designed to allow users to access files that have been locked by running programs or processes for the purposes of deleting, renaming, copying or moving.

IObit Unlocker can be invoked from its own shortcut, or accessed by right-clicking any file and choosing IObit Unlocker, which will launch the program with that file selected. It will display what process is locking the file, and give the user various options for unlocking the file.

The concept of IObit Unlocker is nothing new – similar freeware tools including Unlocker offer the same functionality, although IObit’s tool does have a slightly more attractive user interface.

The program is best used for resolving simple issues – for example, when the user has several files open in a program and wishes to delete or move one without having to shut down the entire application first in order to unlock the file in question.

At present there is no delete on reboot option, which can be used on more stubborn files. Those looking for such functionality should take a look at MoveOnBoot instead.

IObit Unlocker Beta 1.0 is freeware and available now for PCs running Windows XP or later.

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