I am very sure that many a times when you try to open, delete or move a file or a folder, you get an error message saying it is already in use. Even after trying to close all the programs which you think might be using the file, it still throws up an error saying –
Cannot delete file: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.
Many of you must be knowing about Unlocker which is used to unlock a file by killing the Windows process which is using it. But not all files are locked by Windows processes, some files could be locked due to a malware. With Unlocker, you will only be able to kill the malware process, but cannot delete it. Here is where LockHunter comes to the rescue.
LockHunter is a free tool for Windows that is quite similar to Unlocker but with a twist. It integrates itself to the Windows Explorer right-click context menu, just right-click the locked file and select ‘what is locking this file?’ and it will show you the process that is locking the file.
You can either delete the locked file or close or delete the locking process using the other menu in the tool. To avoid accidental deletion of a useful file, LockHunter will not remove the files permanently but will move them to the recycle bin in the event users want to recover the files.
Features of LockHunter
* Shows processes locked a file
* Allows to unlock, delete, copy or rename a locked file
* Allows to kill locking process
* Allows to remove files of locking processes from disk
* Integrates in to Explorer menu
* It deletes files into the recycle bin, so you may restore them if deleted by mistake
* Supports both 32 and 64bit Windows