Deleted files aren't completely deleted when you send them to the Recycle Bin. Even when you empty the Recycle Bin, deleted files aren't wiped from the disk. A secure file deletion tool can scrub every trace of a deleted file from your disk drive, but that means more steps and opening another piece of software. We looked at DeleteOnClick, a secure file deletion utility that integrates with context menus in Windows. DeleteOnClick lets you right-click files and delete them securely with a single click. It overwrites files to destroy them on the disk so they can't be recovered. DeleteOnClick also automatically renames files and wipes file attributes before deletion to thwart undelete attempts.
Since DeleteOnClick integrates itself with context menus in Windows Explorer, we had to reboot our system to finish up the installation. Since we had a test folder of extracted files on our desktop, we opted to test DeleteOnClick on it. We right-clicked the file, and then selected Securely Delete 64-Bit on the context menu. A pop-up asked us if we were sure we wanted to delete the file. We were, but it's worth mentioning that it pays to be sure you want to delete the selected files because they'll be gone when DeleteOnClick does its thing. We clicked OK, and a progress bar and file name display tracked the process. We clicked Abort, and the program stopped deleting files, but those that had already been processed were already gone, of course. Uninstalling DeleteOnClick also required a reboot, and we also opted to remove shared files installed along with the program that merely linked to the developer, 2brightsparks.
While DeleteOnClick's download includes a Web-based Help file, there are no options to set, and no real interface, either, just the context menu entry. That's the key to the program's simplicity, apparently, and we can't complain since there's nothing really to set and the program's warnings are more than adequate to keep users from accidentally deleting the wrong file. However, it will thoroughly zap any file you point it at, so remember to use it with care.
DeleteOnClick is a very simple to use program that securely deletes files so they cannot be undeleted or recovered. It's implemented as a Windows Explorer extension so you just need to right-click on the files then choose Securely Delete to wipe the files. When you delete a file or folder using Windows, it is usual for the file or folder to be moved to the Recycle Bin (Trash). When the Recycle Bin is emptied, the data you have deleted is not actually removed from your computer. Instead, Windows makes the space occupied by the file available for writing. In other words, every file you delete using Windows is potentially recoverable in the short term. If you create a new file after deleting using Windows, or save a changed file, it may write over the deleted file's space, thus destroying it permanently. Likewise, defragmenting will possibly overwrite the deleted files. DeleteOnClick completely deletes files in one click rather than sending the file to the recycle bin.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.3 adds extra confirmation if wiping everything on a drive.
The review is very poor. They complain it's too fast and may not work, but haven't even tested it to see that it does in fact delete the file completely. Also, the help file (and the web site) clearly states the deletion algorithm used: Follows the U.S. DOD 5220.22-M secure file deletion standard. And Shift+Delete does not, and never has, securely deleted a file. It simply deletes it without moving it to the recycle bin, which means it can be undeleted.
The publishers website has more about the deletion methods used by this program, but all in all, it is a simple, easy, and quick piece of software, that adds that little something to deletion... The truly paranoid, should simply never use a computer for anything, as nothing is guaranteed, but this is really is worth it.
This is a great feature to have. Its easy to use and is nicely placed in you right-click menu, so if you want to trash items without the securely delete feature you may by just deleting items like you normaly would. It securely deletes items in a reasonable amount of time (take a little longer than empting your trash) and you can securely delete multiply items with no problems. Great for deleting personal data without the ablity for someone to recover it.TRY IT FOR FREE