File Shredder

File Shredder

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 173 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5
  • Total Downloads:
    694,039
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 27, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    800
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 173 votes

    • 5 star 59
    • 4 star 38
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 36
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1 stars

"CNET Download Service Turns to Scumbag Tactics"

July 31, 2014  |  By salshaker123

 |  Version: File Shredder 2.5

Pros

Non that I can think of

Cons

Sadly CNET Download Service can no longer be trusted.

Summary

Sadly CNET Download Service can no longer be trusted. This site is now riddled with software that contains malware, crapware, bloatware, etc. Just read the recent reviews of this software and many many others and you will get the picture. Shame on CNET for letting this happen to a great service. Perhaps much of the installation of this wide spread malware being installed is the result of careless users not realizing what they are checking, clicking or agreeing to....but that's besides the point. Deceptive business practices that lead to this outcome are just plain wrong. Case in point, there are typically 6 download buttons/links listed on the top of each download page, 4 of which have nothing to do with the intended download. This is all done to create confusion for the user in hopes of tricking him or her into clicking the wrong button. And if you click the CNET sponsored download link, beware. The link is littered with tricks and traps to get you to unknowingly agree to install malware. I'm all for tying to make money, but doing it through gimmicks, tricks and deception is just pathetic...and should be illegal.

It's time to reevaluate your business model CNET...I for one will longer be using your once great service.

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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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General
Publisher File Shredder
Publisher web site http://www.fileshredder.org
Release Date May 15, 2012
Date Added February 27, 2013
Version 2.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name file_shredder_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 694,039
Downloads Last Week 800
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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