File Shredder

File Shredder


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 172 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.5
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
February 27, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
674,334
Downloads Last Week:
1,151
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

If you're looking for a reliable utility for utterly erasing files from your hard drive, you'll be pleased with File Shredder's performance. This free tool's attractive interface is designed for ease of use, and even novices will comprehend its functions right off the bat.

A list of simple commands (such as Add File[s] and Add Folder[s]) let you browse and choose the items you wish to remove; selected items are listed in the large pane that makes up the bulk of the interface. In our tests, configuring File Shredder's settings was simple, and we were able to choose from five options for shredding algorithms, ranging from simple one pass to DoD 5220-22.M to Guttman algorithm with 35 passes.

The utility performed its tasks quickly, and we were unable to detect any remains of the shredded files afterward. While shredders with more bells and whistles are available for businesses with critical security concerns, we recommend this utility for any level of user who needs a simple file eraser for files with low-level security risks.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 172 votes

    • 5 star: 59
    • 4 star: 38
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current Version:

    2.7

    out of 21 votes

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

    "It's an old version no longer supported"

    July 04, 2014   |   By Hey_888

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    It works on Win 7 in 32 bit mode.

    Cons

    No option for 64 bit. Developer abandoned app a long time ago. He's no longer around. There is false info showing there is a newer version 2.5.57 but that's a lie. The only version is 2.5(0). Dont bother searching for a newer version, it doesn't exist.

    Summary

    Very basic, slow, but it works.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good secure erasure,guaranteed."

    June 22, 2014   |   By mikoyangurevich15

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    It works perfectly.No problems at all.

    Cons

    Very slow wiping free disk space.

    Summary

    I see the constant complaint about "malware".There is none.However as with any downloads from CNET be certain to press "decline in the gray box if you don`t want additional programs installed.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works as described; simple and thorough disk wipe."

    March 06, 2014   |   By bjangle

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    Easy and intuitive set up and use.
    Thorough disk wipe.
    Free.

    Cons

    Some time the wipe was fast and sometimes the wipe was slow. It would be nice to have an estimated time for completion at the onset of the project, and some feedback as to delays, e.g., damaged disk or large amount of data. Also, users must be on the lookout for inadvertently clicking on Adware that supports the download sites.

    Summary

    I would recommend this product over other similar products that I have used, e.g., McAfee.

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  • 1 stars

    "Beware Malware! And still doesn't work!"

    February 24, 2014   |   By witch_hazel_ufo

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    Could not find any

    Cons

    Ran the shredder for hours and none of my files were deleted. Plus it installed malware on my computer. How can Cnet editors give this a good review? This is disgusting. I won't be using CNET download again.

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  • 5 stars

    "no malware"

    February 19, 2014   |   By blahsaysme2u

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    works exactly as described. i dont have a data retrieval program to test out the wipe(yet) but the program is easy to use and works like described
    there is no malware

    Cons

    i dont see any other than not being able to test the software with retrieval. be nice if it came with that too

    Summary

    when first downloading/installing the program make sure you read everything you click on custom install and not install the bloatware. also, after that you will get asked to "Agree" with other software...just decline these installs.....read what you agree to...dont install bloatware if you dont want it on your computer....dont listen to these other reviews aobut malware. they just didnt read the install instructions and just clicked "Agree" to everything...be smarter than that!

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  • 1 stars

    "Big Headache"

    February 16, 2014   |   By Jerry100M

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    None - not about to continue to try to use software that comes packed with malware and screws with browser settings.

    Cons

    VERY DANGEROUS - CNet needs to take down their 5 star rating immediately. I've wasted hours now cleaning up after RegClean Pro Scamware starting running as I was attempting to use the software. Then my browsers default settings were all tweaked... Just hoping I'm not going to find more damage. I've trusted download.com forever but after this, I'm really going to be more on guard. I should have read some of these recent reviews as another reviewer stated - somehow my brain wasn't in gear today. Do NOT make the mistake of downloading this destructive headache.

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  • 5 stars

    "Ignore the warnings about being MalWare"

    February 14, 2014   |   By networkdood

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    Fast, secure deletion, even when choosing the 35 passes algorithm.
    Delete entire drives, folders, and/or free space.
    Works as a Windows program, allowing it to be used without creating a bootable disk.
    Right click menu option built for folders to delete now or later.
    It is free.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but when you first download the program from CNET, you have to be careful to not install the junkware that can come with it. This is how companies earn revenue, unfortunately.

    Summary

    Does everything it says it does. Adds a option in the right click menu to delete the file securely, now, or later. Has options to delete securely, using Peter Guttman's 35 passes algorithm, entire drive or empty space on a drive. I would advice to backup data prior to using any deletion software as a precaution. I have a 2TB (or 1.81 GB usable) drive and I split it into four drives. 2 of the drives have a bootable OS on it, so I moved the data over to the empty one and wiped the drive that had the data. You can also buy a Seagate 2-4 TB external drive for backup.
    Also, this software program is faster than others that I have tried.

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  • 1 stars

    "This Download Included a Malware"

    January 30, 2014   |   By HawaiiInsider

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    Didn't use because of malware found by my internet security suite.

    Cons

    Includes a malware.

    Summary

    I would not download File Shredder as it comes with a malware that you do not have any say on whether you want it or not. Fortunately, my internet security caught it. And it is some serious stuff. Beware!

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  • 1 stars

    "How Could This Possibly Be On Download.com?"

    January 28, 2014   |   By rxnb90

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    Bad software, no pros

    Cons

    I've always been able to trust download.com to add value by ensuring the software here was malware-free. Can't do that anymore, after downloading File Shredder. Two unwanted programs installed, only one will let me uninstall. Virus software blocked an intrusion attempt. Bad reviews are all over for this sw, wish I'd read them but as I say I've always counted on download.com not to post malware. Why is this still on download.com?

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  • 1 stars

    "Installs Virus/Spyware"

    December 28, 2013   |   By btlv

    Version: File Shredder 2.5

    Pros

    There are none. It's terrible.

    Cons

    Even though I unclicked all the boxes for toolbars and crap, as soon as it finished installing the main program it started to install several other unrelated programs.

    It installed spyware into all of my browsers, which caused constant pop-up ads from "Driverdiv.net" and "PassShow" and caused my computer to crash pretty much instantly.

    There isn't a simple uninstall process for these, so I'm going to have to waste some time fixing this.

    Summary

    I can't believe I didn't read all the reviews...I just saw a high editor rating and downloaded it.

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