Eraser - secure file removal
is used to permanently delete sensitive data. It can also clean a digital storage device of all recoverabledata.
All Windows Versions
Version used in this guide
Free and Open-SourceSoftware
Follow any program-specific directions in the Guide If there are none, simply click the link below and choose a location to save the installer Find the installer on your computer and double-click it
How-to Booklet chapter 6. How to destroy sensitive information
: 1: Beginner,
, 3: Intermediate, 4: Experienced, 5: Advanced
Time required to start using this tool
: 20 minutes
What you will get in return
:The ability to permanently delete unwanted files from your computer The ability to delete all recoverable files that are currently invisible on your computer
1.1 Things you should know about this tool before you startEraser
is used to permanently delete or 'wipe' sensitive data from your computer. It does this by writing over thedata you want to delete. You can select files or folders to be wiped in this way. Eraser will also delete copies of files that may exist in your computer without your knowledge. This includes files you have previously deletedusing the standard
deletion method, and copies of documents you have worked on in the past.Deleting files with Eraser can be done on demand or scheduled to run at a specified times.1.If you schedule Eraser to run at a certain time, then your computer must be switched on at the specifiedtime or the wipe will not happen.2.Once you have deleted a file using Eraser, it cannot be recovered using a file recovery program.3.For greater security, you should set Eraser to overwrite files selected for deletion between 3 and 7 times.4.Eraser can be used to wipe the free space off your computer. This refers to permanently wiping all pasttraces of work that may not have been properly deleted and could, in theory, have been recovered.5.
How to Configure Eraser
As described in the How-to Booklet chapter 6. Destroying Sensitive Information,
wipes data from your hard disk by overwriting it with random information. The more times you overwrite the data, the less likely that itwill be recovered.
: It is recommended that you overwrite the data at least three times.
: Each overwrite or 'pass' takes time and therefore, the more passes you make, the longer the erasingprocess will take. This will be especially noticeable when erasing large files, or wiping free space.
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