Wise Force Deleter is a new program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to remove locked files from the system.
As you may know, files are locked by the operating system when they are in use. If you open a video file in VLC Media Player or an image in the photo app, you cannot delete, move or rename those files as long as they are open in those programs.
While that is understandable, Windows sometimes locks files that are seemingly not open at all. While you may resolve the issue with a restart, it may be impracticable to do so for every file that you cannot change.
Wise Force Deleter works similarly to the grand daddy of file unlockers, Unlocker. The program provides you with options to regain controls over locked files in two different ways.
Note: The program tries to connect to an Internet server on first start. It seems likely that this is linked to the program's update mechanism. You can block it by clicking on the down arrow icon in the upper right corner of the program window and disabling the "check for updates" option there.
First, you may open the program interface at any time and unlock them right from within that interface.
Simply click on the add files button, add one or multiple files to the program, and hit the "unlock & delete" button afterwards to remove the lock and delete those files on the PC.
The second option that you have is to send files to Wise Force Deleter using Explorer. The program adds a new context menu entry to Windows Explorer that you may use for that purpose.
Right-click any file, and select the force delete option to send it to the program and use the interface to unlock and delete it from the system.
It appears that you can send only one file to the program this way. If you need to add more, it makes sense to open the program directly instead and use the add files option to add all those files in one go.
You may disable the Explorer integration from the menu in the program interface as well in case you don't need it.
Please note that the program may only be used to unlock and delete files. It is of no use if you need to move or rename locked files.
Wise Force Deleter has been designed to remove locked files from PCs running Windows. It performs that task well and if that is all you need, you will likely find it a valuable tool.
If you require full access to locked files, to move or rename them when they are locked, then you won't find Wise Force Delete useful for that task. It is then better to use Unlocker or a comparable program that unlocks files for you so that you can run these operations on them.
Wise Force Delete has a couple usability issues on top of that. You can send only one file to the program from Explorer, and there is no "are you sure" prompt" or "undo" option provided.
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