Eraser

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 324 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.86
  • Total Downloads:
    1,205,867
  • Date Added:
    December 14, 2007
  • File Size:
    8.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,840
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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A few minor complaints aside, this free file shredder is by and large a solid find. Eraser's all-business interface won't win any design awards, but it's mostly convenient to use, allowing you to add files or folders to be deleted via drag-and-drop transfers. However, since the program lacks a dedicate deletion button or icon, you'll have to dig through the menu items to actually erase data. This misstep is somewhat negated by the fact that Eraser integrates into the Windows' context menu, letting you shred files via a right click. We're glad to see the program lets you choose from four secure government-sanctioned deletion algorithms, and we appreciate the inclusion of a scheduler, handy for routinely wiping free disk space. In our tests, Eraser got rid of a 1GB file in 10 minutes--impressive, considering we employed the most secure deletion method. Anyone seeking to eradicate documents for good should take a long look at this freebie.
 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star 28
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 324 votes

    • 5 star 137
    • 4 star 64
    • 3 star 21
    • 2 star 27
    • 1 star 75
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1 stars

"Worse than not working - gives false sense of security"

May 09, 2009  |  By trekdoxie

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

Absolutely nothing.

Cons

WARNING!! How often will you put this to the test? Most people, never. Well let me tell you, my hard drive was! It failed!! (Thanks to the FBI) Read the summary!!

Summary

On an accusation, the FBI asked to look at my hard drive. Since I had confidently used the Eraser program at the highest level, I foolishly agreed. I sat and watched the agent put in a "forensic recovery disk" and was shocked to see him pull up every single item I had "Erased!!" I was lucky and was not charged or prosecuted, but duly "warned" by them. If I had paid anything for this crap make-believe program, you better believe I would have sued the hell out of this fly-by-night company peddling this crud. You've been warned- I will even leave you my email address to help you believe I am being completely honest! DO NOT PUT YOUR FAITH IN THIS PROGRAM, IT WILL NOT SAVE YOU WHEN YOU NEED IT THE MOST.
-- From someone who learned the hard way. trekdoxie@gmail.com

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5 stars

"definitely does the job"

April 08, 2009  |  By Mr_Maxwell

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

It does what it says so I can't complain

Cons

none so far

Summary

I like the product.It does what you want it to...I have no complaints out of it.

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1 stars

"Won't work on Vista (April 2009)"

April 02, 2009  |  By pacificwalter

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

Only works on older systems.

Cons

Only works on older systems.

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5 stars

"The best I've tried so far"

March 14, 2009  |  By kyleinwuhan

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

It actually effectively shreds my free space.

Cons

I don't really have any cons. Perhaps this is user error, being that I'm new user myself, but I'm having a small issue trying to set the scheduling options. That being said, the on demand function works wonderfully.

Summary

Previously, I've tried File Shredder 2. After running the highest secure free space option, I ran Glary Undelete. Upon completion of the scan, it found over 13,000 files, many of which were successfully restored. Not good at all. Frustrated, I tried Eraser, and ran the default settings. Upon completion of the shred free space process I once again ran Glary undelete, which only found 1 file! Although the file was recoverable, it was a file utilized by the Eraser program (so no security issues).

All in all, I'd give this program a try as it has worked wonders for me. Plus it's free - so you can't go wrong.

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1 stars

"Won't run under W9X"

March 06, 2009  |  By asur

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

None as it won't install.

Cons

None as it won't install

Summary

You'll have to get 5.7 for W98SE.

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5 stars

"A Must Have Program"

February 23, 2009  |  By atzilus

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

Works bt itself. Set and forget. Great for erasing sensitive documents. Cleans up free space.

Cons

I haven't fpind any yet

Summary

Great program. Doe what it aays it will and more

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5 stars

"Looks good to me"

February 04, 2009  |  By HarryLindsay

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

Gives me confidence that data has gone for good

Cons

Of course it's impossible to prove that no one can get it back

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1 stars

"Did not work in Vista"

January 19, 2009  |  By giggles

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

Product seemed perfect for my needs, but.....

Cons

Did not work for me: gave me 3 errors. The last error said "Failure. Do not know why." Not very helpful.

Summary

I followed setup completely (it's easy, same as every other setup), but the utility ultimately did not work on my machine (Vista), even through I had no other apps running.

Bummer.

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5 stars

"this one works"

January 17, 2009  |  By PozterX

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

great software for removing sensitive files from your computer.it makes your files virtually impossible to recover after this software is through with it....i have tested,and could not recover anything that this software cleaned,so becareful

Cons

there is none

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5 stars

"Works as expected and it's free"

January 08, 2009  |  By garesfield

 |  Version: Eraser 5.86

Pros

Easy to use. Works exactly as expected. Has a scheduler. It's free.

Cons

None as far as my requirements are concerned.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.86
Version 5.86 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Heidi Computers
Publisher web site http://www.heidi.ie/
Release Date December 14, 2007
Date Added December 14, 2007
Version 5.86
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 8.69MB
File Name Eraser 6.0.10.2620.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,205,867
Downloads Last Week 1,840
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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