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BCWipe

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Data Wiping Utility"

    October 8, 2012  |   By fightermage

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.8

    Pros

    Quickly Erases Data - Gives you time frame
    Many Wiping Options passes/techniques
    Transparent Wiping - Don't have to worry about deleting things, all done behind scene.
    Allows Swap File encryption
    Scheduling of Wiping is easy
    Clears MFT and NTFS records, a definite plus
    Allows you to view record fragments

    Cons

    At times doesn't play nice with antivirus programs as they write to the hard drive a lot (transparent wiping)
    Causes random errors with internet browsers after wiping is done, like missing favorites, pages don't display properly, etc.
    Sometimes the progress window goes hidden and cannot be brought to the forefront. Had to do a registry tweak to get window back several times.
    Support is mostly just with a support forum so answers aren't quick all the time.

    Summary

    All together a very good wiping program with a lot of options. I've tested the thoroughness of its wiping by using several data recovery/extraction tools and they can't retrieve any data. If you can handle a few hiccups with your browser and at times antivirus interruption of wiping, this program will definitely be a useful tool in your computer arsenal. Just a hint---Although they offer 3/7 pass wiping, it has been proven that single random wiping is just as effective for most people's uses as the cost of retrieving data on a drive wiped with a utility such as this isn't cost effective and most probably isn't going to give meaningful results anyways.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not bad for free"

    July 10, 2012  |   By sj_Cohen

    Version: BCWipe 6.01

    Pros

    was very thorough
    Cleaned all chosen drives
    Good product for being free!

    Cons

    Took a very long time: 3+ hours

    Summary

    Good Product...I recommend it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This page is terrible!"

    September 15, 2011  |   By xeno735

    Version: BCWipe 3.11.7

    Pros

    None. This page does not provide what it says it does, a link to BCWipe 3.11.7

    Cons

    I took time to sign up for CNet to complain about all the "Download" links on this page which are junk spam crap. Please stop this practice on your site, it makes using your page a horrible experience.

    Summary

    Where is the DL link for the old version of BCWipe? I still don't see it. I want the old version, not the latest because the latest does not work on Win95, an old system I need to destroy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great wipeware"

    April 10, 2011  |   By Greatbare

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.23

    Pros

    I've found this to be a first rate product and used it for years with no problems

    Cons

    BCWipe 5 is available so why try 4?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Used this for years - a big favourite"

    February 3, 2011  |   By catchbox

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.23

    Pros

    Used it for years on Windows 98, XP and Win 7. It deletes whatever you want including any single file or group of files and the swap file if you choose. It will also wipe any previously deleted files (free space on a drive) and lots of other stuff.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to finish using the top deletion methods but is able to turn off your pc when its done if you leave it running, say, overnight. You can though select your own number of times to overwrite the files.

    Summary

    Great software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Piece of garbage"

    February 3, 2011  |   By ploguser

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.23

    Pros

    Has full military bit-rotate and lets you right-click to secure wipe a file.

    Cons

    Very, very slow. Organisation of the interface is very clumsy. Makes errors and mistakes. Overpriced (software with errors isn't worth anything anyway).

    Summary

    Yes I have to agree its such a pity this program is a piece of utter excremental garbage, because it ticks good boxes. It is useful for erasing single files securely, but in general what use is that to anybody? As soon as you go to erase a large number of files the slowness becomes apparent. Clearing the free space on a large volume is atrociously slow and is also - and this is unforgiveable - error prone. Very large NTFS volumes simply cannot be cleared, this program cannot do it without crashing with errors. I dont recommend it. Try Disk Redactor instead - its semi-free, as in the main program works but the 'advanced' options are $10 - unfortunately it only does zero writing not bit-rotating, but a couple of passes and you should be safe anyway according to the university professors. So to Jetico, makers of BCWipe - try again, you keep failing.

    Updated on Feb 3, 2011

    Forgot to say in the Cons - too many Caveats. As soon as you have to "make sure you do this!" with any program you can declare it broken. BCWipe is broken.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Now my antivirus and spyware apps don't work"

    December 11, 2010  |   By megan443

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.23

    Pros

    Nothing to like - I have no proof it did anything useful.

    Cons

    After installing my laptop now powers off whenever I use a lot of RAM (have 2GB) - and whenever I run either antivirus AVG 2011 or anti-spyware Malware Bytes.

    Summary

    I had no problems at all before installing bcwipe. Nothing else was installed in last 2 months. I did one complete wipe; activated transparent wiping; & encrypted swap file - Now laptop powers off whenever I run my antivirus app or my anti-spyware app - and also when I'm doing a LOT of copying and pasting. --- Their support was very polite - told me it couldn't possibly be their app. I have tried everything to fix it - Now I have to format my harddrive and reinstall everything. *DON'T install this!*

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good product to wipe your files"

    September 15, 2010  |   By tomg11030

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.20

    Pros

    Ease of use.

    Cons

    Its a bit slow, but given how comprehensive it is, I am not overly surprised.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "D/L from the site, apparently has the newest release"

    July 9, 2010  |   By Kefka79

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.16

    Pros

    The Jetico site has 4.01.5; Which seems to be the latest version.

    So far not one issue; Simply right click, select it and let it go.

    Will completely rid you of every file regardless if you just click "Yes to All"

    Cons

    Only con I could say is that some files by Windows will read a much much smaller size and file count; And then you'll be waiting a few hours or more for it to be wiped entirely.

    *Especially* entire folders at a time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't download it! READ WHY!"

    June 18, 2010  |   By lookin4fun3008711

    Version: BCWipe 4.01.16

    Pros

    Good concept, horrible program.

    Cons

    Does not work at all. Cant schedule wiping and cant just start wiping. Keeps your hourglass by your mouse pointer running constantly. Adds 4 running processes at startup and cant disable auto startup even with MSCONFIG. EXTREEMELY DIFFICULT TO REMOVE

    Summary

    DOWNLOAD AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE!
    IF YOU READ THE ABOVE AND YOU STILL DOWNLOAD IT, YOUR GOING TO FEEL FOOLISH IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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