Eraser

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 326 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.9.2343
  • Total Downloads:
    1,306,742
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 07, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,880
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

    2.4

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    out of 326 votes

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4 stars

"Great, when it works."

May 16, 2012  |  By vsxd1s2

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.9.2343

Pros

Different levels of deletion.

Cons

Had it installed and working. But, something happened that; it won't let me repair it; uninstall and reinstall doesn't work either. Continues to boot with error message.

Summary

Overall, a great product. I have used it for years.

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1 stars

"Rendered my computer useless"

April 28, 2012  |  By seattlefoo

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.9.2343

Pros

Simple interface

Cons

I ran this once to clean up my harddrov and it deleted essentail system files and now my computer is completely useless. My computer will boot up but the hard drive just keeps churning and each program literally takes 5 minutes to launch (if at all). It even deleted my system restore files, so its not possible for me to revert back to an earlier restore point. Now I must somehow find a windows disk to reinstall the OS (my computer did not come with a disk from the OEM).

Summary

I do not see any other reviews on this site with my same issue. However, I am reasonably computer savvy and I believed what I was doing was safe (and cannot completely rule out user error as I have never tried to do anything like this before). But beware that you can really mess up your system using this utility.

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3 stars

"Doesn't always work!"

February 12, 2012  |  By Fuz_23

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.9.2343

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

I ran this program with a single pass over the free space on Drive C, after which I still found over a thousand file fragments! I thought "That is strange", so I ran the three pass UD DoD and left it run for many hours. When it finished I searched the free space and again found all of the same old file fragments! They were still there and many could still be recovered or partially recovered.

Summary

The only way I could get this program to work was by copying large numbers of files of varying sizes from one drive to another to the point of almost filling it. Then I ran the eraser tool to permanently delete the copied files. Only then did the free space on that drive reveal no file fragments.

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2 stars

"Previous Version Much Easier"

December 21, 2011  |  By msgoodhand

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.9.2343

Pros

Sorta kinda erases stuff. I have had some success rightclicking a file and telling it to erase but not the recycle bin or free space==see cons below.

Cons

I can't get it to erase the recycle bin in Windows 7. Can't figure out how to get it to erase free space either.

Summary

The earlier version was very easy use to use.
Select the recycle bin and tell it to erase. Done. Tell it to erase the free space on the hard drives. Easy. The new version. YUCK!!!
I thought I hadn't figured out something in the new version (I prob haven't but then it shouldn't be this complicated) and then I read reviews where many others are just as lost as I am.

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2 stars

"I LIKE VERSION 5 BETTER"

December 08, 2011  |  By Turgilsa

 |  Version: Eraser 6.0.9.2343

Pros

Nicer looking interfface

Cons

Harder to use and more difficult to setup

Summary

With version 5, you can open it, click on one button and it will start erasing all the free space on your hard drive. With this new version, that is more difficult to do. Also, the new version opens with every reboot, presents a command line screen and you have to manually close it. Pain in the neck.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Heidi Computers
Publisher web site http://www.heidi.ie/
Release Date November 07, 2011
Date Added November 07, 2011
Version 6.0.9.2343
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.93MB
File Name Eraser 6.2.0.2969.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,306,742
Downloads Last Week 1,880
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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