What is UnlockerAssistant.exe?

The genuine UnlockerAssistant.exe file is a software component of Unlocker by Cedrick Collomb.
UnlockerAssistant.exe is an executable file that belongs to Unlocker, a Windows Explorer extension that kills processes that are holding on to certain resources. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Unlocker is a freemium software designed to prevent error messages while accessing files on a Windows computer. These error messages may be anything from, "Cannot delete folder: it's being used by another person or program," to "Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use". The program resides in the system tray and automatically launches itself whenever a file triggers the aforementioned error messages. Cedrick Collomb is a software developer, photographer and technology blogger. Over the years he has released numerous software that find their use in everything from file management to graphics processing.

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 UnlockerAssistant.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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UnlockerAssistant.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with UnlockerAssistant
UnlockerAssistant.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Unlocker belongs to software Unlocker or Cypress (version CY3271 FirstTouch RF) by Sergey Kudashkin (Grey) or Klaas Nekeman (

Description: UnlockerAssistant.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. UnlockerAssistant.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 15,872 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 17,408 bytes and 11 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with UnlockerAssistant.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Unlocker or ATI MCE Transcode), go to the support area [1][2] of the Emptyloop website or check the vendor’s website for a newer version [1][2].

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as UnlockerAssistant.exe. Therefore, you should check the UnlockerAssistant.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

Never Ever had any problems with Unlocker,i have had it on every computer I have owned which is about x10 (ish( I really rate it high and I certainly have Never had any problems with it. I use it when an ordinary Basic computer DELETE will not work and Unlocker has never failed once on Deleting something.I rate it High.
  Paul--Glossop, Debyshire  
It trys to install Delta Toolbar and even when you deselect it,it still says "by clicking next you are agreeing to delta toolbars Terms and conditions" This seems confusing if you want to carry on installing Unlocker but not install delta toolbar. P.S..Unlocker program is brilliant!
  pogue mahone  
Unlocks files that are in use and can not be deleted
  Bakar Narimanidze  
ESET ESS shows this Unlocker1.9.1.exe to be Win32/Adware.ADON potentially unwanted application
  A K Pani  
Totally harmless! A very fine tool for unlocking processes. I've been using it for many years already.
  Enroc59   (further information)
This tool is awesome. It gives us techinical information about the process that is stopping us to delete a file. It can delete any thing.
very useful tool for removing locked files
Quote from the Unlocker FAQ: "What is Unlocker Assistant? Unlocker Assistant stays in your system tray bar and automatically launches Unlocker if you are trying to delete/rename/move a file that is locked. So for those who use Unlocker Assistant, no need to right click files or folders anymore. This feature can be deactivated during the install."
  Tobias   (further information)
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Summary: Average user rating of UnlockerAssistant.exe: based on 50 votes with 9 reviews. 40 users think UnlockerAssistant.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade UnlockerAssistant.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving UnlockerAssistant issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with UnlockerAssistant. 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 UnlockerAssistant.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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