What is Unlocker.exe?

The genuine Unlocker.exe file is a software component of Unlocker by Empty Loop.
Unlocker is a very basic program that starts with Windows and allows you full access to certain files that have been restricted or protected by Microsoft. It allows for deletion or modification of system files as well as any other type of file deemed "protected" by Microsoft. Empty Loop is a small unincorporated company located in the United States and run by a single individual.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Unlocker.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Unlocker.exe file information

The process known as Unlocker belongs to software Unlocker by Empty Loop.

Description: Unlocker.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Unlocker.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 87,552 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 86,528 bytes, 95,232 bytes, 78,336 bytes or 124,928 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. Unlocker.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Unlocker.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with Unlocker.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Unlocker or Mozilla Firefox)
  2) go to the support area [1][2] of the Emptyloop website.

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If Unlocker.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 130,624 bytes. User opinion: not dangerous There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The Unlocker.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows system file. Unlocker.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Unlocker.exe. Therefore, you should check the Unlocker.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Unlocker was a valid useful program,however he took it up on himself to include a trogen and screwed it up for all. Mcafee will not even let it be installed any longer.
I use unlocker.exe from Unlocker for Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista Copyright (C) 2005-2008 Cedrick Collomb
  Cline Frasier  
Unlocker.exe is a process of software Unlocker
esset antivirus block download as a malware
Unlocker is a program that shuts down processes to unlock files you can't access in your operating system. It also shuts down services to do this also. This is a tool used to help trouble shoot and fix PCs. I seriously doubt the programmer installed a Trojan on the software. You might want to get a valid copy with out the Trojan perhaps. It is a very useful tool. I use it quite often with Sysinternals for Microsoft Operating Systems which is a series of tools also used to help trouble shoot problems. Unlocker for Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and 7 both 32 and 64 bits. Copyright (C) 200
  Chris   (further information)
I just used unlocker to get rid of conime.exe, which is malware. I couldn't download the standard version because avast said it might have a virus. So I downloaded the portable version (zip file) and though it couldn't unlock conime.exe it was able to delete it! Coneme.exe resides in win system 32 and can slow down your computer and send your personal/private information across the internet. You need to get rid of that file. So Unlocker portable did a great job. Now I intend to scan the computer and see if it shows up as malware, but I don't think it will.
  Just somebody.  
The action, which are possible with the unlocker.exe tool (e.g. to take the ownership of a file, add delete rights for the Admin to the file and to delete it then) should cause the heuristics of any Anti-Malware-Tool to classify it as dangerous! In my opinion it's a safe and useful tool required from time to time for computer administration. Hint: At the installation select "user defined" and "opt-out" for the included promotion software (V1.9.2: Delta Toolbar)! Of course an abuse of that tool by some other malicious software may happen.
  Horst Schmid  
Upon installing Unlocker, my antivirus said that file unlocker1.9-something attempted to change the registry. When I went to delete the program's files manually, unlocker.exe then tried to load a driver and thus I got another warning. Afterwards, it was very difficult to get rid of unlocker.exe.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Unlocker.exe: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments. 4 users think Unlocker.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users think Unlocker.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Unlocker issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Unlocker. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Unlocker.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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