BCWipe

Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 41 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.31
  • Total Downloads:
    299,625
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 11, 2000
  • Price:
    Free to try
  • File Size:
    6.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    122
  • Platform:
    Windows

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4 stars

"Great Data Wiping Utility"

October 08, 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 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 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 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 stars

"Used this for years - a big favourite"

February 03, 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 stars

"Piece of garbage"

February 03, 2011  |  By ploguser

 |  Version: Not Found

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 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 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 stars

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

July 09, 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 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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Jetico
Publisher web site http://www.jetico.com/
Release Date September 11, 2000
Date Added September 11, 2000
Version 2.31
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.59MB
File Name bcwipeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 299,625
Downloads Last Week 122
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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