Malwarebytes Free FileAssassin – Delete Locked Files

image All of us have had problems, at one time or another, attempting to delete a file that simply refused to be deleted. This can be frustrating, and can lead to all sorts of confusing thoughts. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The reality is, these types of messages are not as uncommon as you might believe, and can be caused by any number of issues including (let’s hope not), a malware infection.

Malwarebytes, the developer of the highly effective Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, has created FileAssassin, a free application that can terminate and delete, any type of locked files that are on your system.

File Assassin 2

According to the developer, the program uses advanced programming techniques to unload modules, close remote handles, and terminate processes to remove locked files.

So that you’re prepared to handle the situation when faced with any of the following messages, FileAssassin is a great little utility to have on your Hard Drive, or USB key.

Cannot delete file: Access is denied.

Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

The source or destination file may be in use.

The file is in use by another program or user.

Fast facts:

Drag-and-drop functionality


Unloads modules

Closes remote handles

Terminates processes

Small (163 K)

User friendly

Portable version available

System Requirements: Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT

Download at:

Note: Caution is the keyword here – deleting critical system files may cause system errors, or failure. If you are not familiar with these issues, seek help from an advanced user.

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Filed under Freeware, Geek Software and Tools, Portable Applications, Secure File Deletion, Software, System Utilities, USB, Utilities, Windows Tips and Tools

2 responses to “Malwarebytes Free FileAssassin – Delete Locked Files

  1. Bill,

    Another great find…


  2. freewareelite

    What about Unlocker? Although there’s no portable version, there’s the convenience of integration in the file context menu.