Which is the best folder and file unlocker utility?

I used one before that was excellent, but now it disappeared from my right-click menu after I did some cleanup of 30 GB temporary files etc. And I can't remember what it's called. I have another such utility already installed also, but that one doesn't work very well because often after I have received the message the folder or file has been unlocked it still isn't.

I use Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits.
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
John, the 1.9.2 FileHippo version contains Delta Toolbar bundled with it - when installing users need to select "Advanced" then uncheck Delta to avoid it hijacking their browsers.  Basically it's a great utility you just need to read the installer pages really carefully to ensure that's all that installs.  Pretty sure it will turn out to be the same utility hermesalpha was using before.  The next best IMHO is http://lockhunter.com/ which nobus usually suggests.  That integrates into the Explorer right-click menu too and in theory works exactly the same way as Unlocker but I've not had as much success when I've (admittedly) forced myself to use it as an alternative.
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tailoreddigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
Can you recommend anything that is added automatically to the right-click menu?
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I also use Unlocker - newest version - and it adds (automatically) to the right click context menu.
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes Unlocker as well - beware that it's bundled with a load of rubbish though
See: https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/12939/Downloading-Safely-or-How-Not-to-Get-More-Than-You-Bargained-For.html
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You should be able to download Unlocker 1.9.2 from File Hippo without much issue.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is a better site (from the Unlocker Application)

http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
John, honestly there are no sites offering Unlocker without other apps bundled.

In fact if you go to the emptyloop page using FireFox you get
Get me out of here!
But if you persist and go to the page below all the fake download links is the warning
Take care!
I think we have to accept that all the download sites need funds and they get it from bundling some less than helpful stuff with the useful things and we just have to take care we only get what we need added to our computers.  This is the only reason I joined the thread.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The site I went to allows me to download Unlocker with no bundled packages. I go Unlocker (App) ->Website and it allows me to download the plain package. I was just there in IE before posting.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
The site I went to allows me to download Unlocker with no bundled packages. I go Unlocker (App) ->Website and it allows me to download the plain package. I was just there in IE before posting.

That's worth investigating.  Can you post the download URL from IE's history?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I went here:

http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/download.php  and clicked download,

which, true, took me to another site. But when I closed the other site (very quickly) the download opened and offered to allow me the plain file.

I do remember the above (now that you jog my memory), but I can get there and get just the file.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It may be that I can just look past all the advertising stuff. It is there for sure. I look past and download the file. The file itself is very safe to use.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
I've just used that link and got an installer (Unlocker1.9.2.exe) containing Bubbledock, YouTube Accelerator and Genieo bundled with Unlocker.  John can you try running the download you've got?- You should then see what's going on.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I went to the link above in Windows 10, IE 11 and immediately got the download. The download is bit-wise equal to what I had on hand and installed Unlocker from. Strange indeed.

Unlocker-Download
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
I went to that URL in Chrome and got,
ScreenShot006.jpgWarning
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Unlocker from my Snapfiles link downloaded a portable version.  No installation necessary.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure if this might be the unlocker I used before that worked excellent:

http://emcosoftware.com/unlock-it

But I can't download it, the download gets interrupted all the time.
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tailoreddigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
FYI,

It download great for me in Chrome.
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It downloaded for me just fine using my post above. Try it again.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, the download worked finally. I started using UnLock IT now, and there are no issues at all as with my other installed unlocker. So it unlocks everything easily.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and I was happy to assist
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