Eraser

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.6.1376
  • Total Downloads:
    1,205,867
  • Date Added:
    December 15, 2009
  • 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

    2.3

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 13
  • 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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5 stars

"Great. Overwrites file names as well as data"

April 12, 2010  |  By alanpat

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

Overwrites file names as well as data.

Cons

Slow but through compared to other products that I have used.

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1 stars

"10April2010 version 6. lost free space &restore points"

April 10, 2010  |  By miketoday

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

none at this time

Cons

version 6.0.6.1376 is not for me!
i am going back to version 5.86 because i lost all my free space and restore points after i ran eraser to erase free space. But first i need to re-image computer

Summary

i am going back to version 5.86 because i lost all my free space and restore points after i ran eraser to erase free space. But first i need to re-image computer

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2 stars

"Impossible to Uninstall Completely!!!"

April 08, 2010  |  By SuperSport1966

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

It likely erases what you ask it to. I cleaned a Drive I was sending back for warranty repair, but then when I wanted to remove it from my system...

Cons

No Uninstaller. I tried to uninstall using the instructions in the PDF file, but it kept coming back. I had to remove it manually, but even then, it took many tries using Reg Editor and Killing Processes until I finally got all of it out (I think!).

Summary

Do Not install this program if you ever plan to remove it.

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4 stars

"Very useful, does what I need it to. I trust this."

March 29, 2010  |  By drekjohnc

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

Works as described

Cons

Don't fully understand how to use all the features and they are not totally self descriptive. Could use a better help feature or tutorial. Maybe I just missed it.

Summary

I trust this item to do what it is intended for.

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3 stars

"works okay, after several attemps"

March 15, 2010  |  By danielbmanualwwcom

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

Ease of use, very user friendly

Cons

will not erase all data in one click, takes many rounds to completely erase a hdd

Summary

overall 6 out of 10 rating

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2 stars

"Buggy and Unreliable"

March 07, 2010  |  By GradyPhilpott

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

I think it erases file sometimes.
It's all there is that I know about.

Cons

New interface is a mess.
You don't know what it's erasing if anything. Locks up frequently.
Sometimes need to delete file and erase from Recycle Bin.
Buggy

Summary

I have W7-64. The older Eraser worked just fine. The other day I noticed an update for the software and now I have this buggy, unreliable software that seems to be run by a high school computer class.

Now I can't even find the previous version.

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Updated on Mar 7, 2010

Based on another review, I downloaded 5.8.8 and now I have the old familiar interface back and it seems to work fine, without all the lockups, crashes, and general chaos created by the 6.x versions.

Thank God!

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4 stars

"It works OK"

February 27, 2010  |  By bluebuddhist

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

It does its job

Cons

Sometimes doesn't clear everything

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1 stars

"Worthless - Windows 7"

February 24, 2010  |  By maxdb

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

none none none

Cons

Crashes everytime I try to add directories to erase.

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3 stars

"Great program, but prone to crashing"

February 21, 2010  |  By EclipseWebJS2

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

This program can erase anything you throw at it. And of course it's the same Eraser program we're all used to -- but they made it where it's Windows 7 compatible and added several erasing pattern choices.

Cons

Try to be careful not to schedule an erase task when working with the options or it will freeze up! If you're in the middle of an erase job you could risk losing files!

Summary

With so many pattern selections, it's easy to get lost. It's best to read the PDF manual first (requires Adobe Reader). Also, this program doesn't tamper with hard links, compressed files, system files, encrypted files, symbolic links, files that require permission to modify ... call it a safety feature but if it didn't erase it to begin with, and something goes nuts with Eraser, you're probably safe, but you might risk losing some of your own personal files in the process if the freeze-up took place while it was cleaning cluster tips in your Documents folders. (There is a slight chance that any data loss will occur, but ALWAYS back up your data!)

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1 stars

"Not an upgrade"

February 12, 2010  |  By dangnad1

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.6.1376

Pros

Did not install 6. Instead installed 5.8.8 which works great.

Cons

Relied on reviewer comments which gave v6.0 thumbs down.

Summary

Eraser (about v4.0) had worked without a hitch on my Vista machine until a few days ago when the OS said it couldn't load Eraser. So I went to the website, downloaded 6.0.6 but I went back and read some of the reviewer comments and decided the upgrade had actually taken away some functionality of the older versions.

So I didn't install 6.0.6, went back and downloaded 5.8.8, installed it and it works perfectly. I especially like "Erase secure move" and that you can do this from the context menu plus regular Eraser actions too. Version 5 is great software. Don't know about 6.0.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Heidi Computers
Publisher web site http://www.heidi.ie/
Release Date December 15, 2009
Date Added December 15, 2009
Version 6.0.6.1376
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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