Posts Tagged ‘file locks’


March 20, 2008

I can’t understand why Windows has so little control over itself. Specifically, I take issue with the fact that it periodically refuses to terminate processes on demand, usually saying something like:

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Sorry to bother you Windows. How inconsiderate of me.

Unlocker is a tool you can use to get around Windows’ incompetence. It’s a lightweight app that adds a context menu allowing you to unbind files, folders and USB device from any process or user.

Along with being just plain useful for everyday, there’s also a security tie-in. A lot of malware will use this inadequacy in Windows to prevent you or your anti-malware program from removing files. With Unlocker on hand, you can delete or move whatever you like, when you like, without having to boot to Safe Mode or a Linux live-cd.