Eraser

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.8.2273
  • Total Downloads:
    1,205,867
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 06, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,840
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    3.5

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star 8
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 4
  • 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

"It gets the Job done."

October 29, 2011  |  By mtbunny

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Does what it says it does

Cons

none to my knowledge

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2 stars

"Stick with Version 5 of this software."

October 06, 2011  |  By JGHowland

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Erases files and cleans up slack space.

Cons

Does not integrate as well with the OS as the previous version.

Summary

If you have the previous version, stick with it. Better OS integration.

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4 stars

"Gutman sinon rien!"

August 28, 2011  |  By levelfr

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Eraser vs Recuva:
Efface un fichier avec Eraser v6 en utilisant l'algorithm US Army (3 passes) Recuva 1.4 le recupere sans pb.
Utilise Eraser avec Gutman (35 passes) recuva n'a rien pu trouver!

Cons

Un choix inutile d'algorithm sachant qu'un seul tient sa promesse

Summary

A n'utiliser qu'avec Gutman et a faire tourner pendant la nuit

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5 stars

"Erases all files and empty space quickly"

July 20, 2011  |  By Spawnstar

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Works well
Multiple options for sweeps
Can salt free space with file fragments

Cons

Progress bar could do with a timer
Activity Icon would be useful, deleting large amounts of space make it look as though it has stalled

Summary

It needs to run with Administrative Privileges to allow it to delete all files and free space.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work -- "Completed with Errors""

July 20, 2011  |  By brucemn

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Installs and un-installs quickly and cleanly.

Cons

Doesn't erase free space.

Summary

I've tried unsuccessfully many times to get this software to delete my free space using the Gutmann 35 Pass method, but whether I run it immediately or schedule it for a specific time, it always comes back within a few seconds and reports "Completed with Errors." There is about 250GB of free space on my drive, so I know it's not completing anything, just erroring.

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2 stars

"Auto start can't be disabled easily except by uninstall"

July 12, 2011  |  By pacificwalter

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

It seems to work ok but its autostart is annoying, almost malware.

Cons

The program starts automatically with your computer. If you try to stop that, using WinPatrol, it starts a never ending cycle of requests by Eraser to start up at next restart.

Summary

Borderline malware.

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4 stars

"a comprehensive data erasure solution"

July 02, 2011  |  By caseyclaassen

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

highly customizable

Cons

Some errors that occur are hard to diagnose.

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4 stars

"Great remover of problematic files."

May 25, 2011

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Small file that's easily installed and integrates into windows very nicely. I've used this and early versions for years and never had a problem no matter what version of Windows. Useful when a file is damaged by a virus and refuses to be erased.

Cons

On the flip side it doesn't always erase corrupted files though I have used it on malicious ones too with some success.

Summary

Fantastic program to have in your arsenal of tools for maintaining any Windows system to deal with difficult files. Virtually trouble free.

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4 stars

"Does what it claims, well and easily"

April 20, 2011  |  By ItsAR

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Seems to work well from what I can judge. Seamlessly meshes with Windows XP. Gives many options for customizing erasing process. Very good documentation.

Cons

None that i've noticed

Summary

Get it; it's free!

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1 stars

"HONEST, CRASHES EVERYTIME AVOID."

April 13, 2011  |  By ynnad1

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.8.2273

Pros

Used and older version a few years ago worked fine. But be warned latest version doesn't work.

Cons

Used latest version to erase free space, TOOK AT LEAST 24 HOURS THEN CRASHES EVERYTIME AT THE 75% COMPLETE MARK. (60 gig HD) !! Left me with a giant 40 gig Trash file filling on my hard drive which i had to trace and manually remove myself.

Summary

Not worth the hassle, used to be a good tool but has seriously gone down hill with its latest versions. After 24 hours of supposedly erasing free space, left me with giant trash file clogging my hard drive. then when i ran my file restorer software found that it actually had not erased any of the data on the drive. tried it at least 5-6 times over the last few months, does the same eveytime. What a waste of time.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Heidi Computers
Publisher web site http://www.heidi.ie/
Release Date November 06, 2010
Date Added November 06, 2010
Version 6.0.8.2273
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 98
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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