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File Shredder

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 178 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5
  • Total Downloads:
    717,757
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 27, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.21MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    591
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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File Shredder is a powerful software to help you get rid of all kinds of sensitive information, so you don't have to worry about someone else recovering it later on.

Pros

Algorithm options: With File Shredder, you can choose the type of shredding algorithm you'd like it to use. Options include Simple One Pass, Simple Two Pass, DoD 5220-22.M, Secure Erasing Algorithm with 7 Passes, and Guttman Algorithm 35 Passes.

Shredding free disk space: Another handy tool this app contains is the Free Disk Space Shredder. This allows you to purge any remnants of files you deleted previously from your computer, making them unrecoverable, even though you can't shred them directly.

Cons

Broken link: The Help file for this app included a link to more detailed information about the various algorithms available, but repeated attempts to follow that link were unsuccessful.

No progress bar: It's impossible to know how long a shredding event will take once you've initiated it through this app. There is no progress bar or timer to give you a sense of how well or quickly the app is working.

Bottom Line

File Shredder lets you destroy files permanently to help you keep your personal information safe. Its various algorithm options let you choose exactly the level of security you're comfortable with, and the ability to shred free disk space as well provides an extra level of protection. This app is completely free to download and use without limits.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 178 votes

    • 5 star 62
    • 4 star 39
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 37
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5 stars

"So for so good"

June 28, 2015

 |  Version: File Shredder 2.5

Pros

Wiped a whole bunch of things really quickly.

Cons

I have no idea if they were as thoroughly wiped as they claim.

Summary

My computer is a couple years old and works pretty good it is running Win 7 Pro 64 bit. I downloaded this quickly and it installed without issue. I made sure I checked the right box and I haven't noticed any adware, maleware etc. (I'll be back if I do). Anyhow the first job was a few hundred gigs on an external drive I was afraid this would take days... It was under an hour... I didn't time it I was busy elsewhere I think close to half an hour. It will do small jobs almost instantly. It is pretty easy to figure out... Just add files or folders then press the "Shred Files Now" button. I don't know how you could make it simpler. He has a small website that suggests other products for similar jobs. All-in-all this has been a very satisfying experience so far... If this thing ends up scr*#ing me I'll come back and eat these words :)

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5 stars

"Does what I want it to do, easily, runs on W8.1x64 too!"

June 06, 2015  |  By si

 |  Version: File Shredder 2.5

Pros

I don't know what C-Net is talking about in the above review from Feb 2015 - I have a progress bar for disk wiping, and always have. I've been using this little program for years, and I've always been quite happy with it. It's fast, simple and does the job. I am using it on a W8.1-x64 computer without issue.

Cons

None. It's a great little program. I just wish the setup file name would include the version you're downloading.

Summary

If you want to securely delete files, or wipe entire hard drives, this is the program to use, hands down. Many thanks to the developer for making it free.

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5 stars

"The Best File Shredder Ever"

February 27, 2015  |  By Anon2424

 |  Version: File Shredder 2.5

Pros

Easy to use and is very reliable!

Cons

No cons at all just make sure you download from original source.

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1 stars

"Download this if you want a LOT of crapware!"

February 20, 2015

 |  Version: File Shredder 2.5

Pros

Not sure...I have had shredders that brought NO crapware along with it, so I will not even use this one. I will delete and all the junkware it added.

Cons

Junkware galore with this bogus program. BEWARE!!!

Summary

Whether the shredder works well is irrelevant--you do not want this program unless you want a big fat load of junkware with it. Really, a LOT. This sucks.

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4 stars

"Good software"

February 09, 2015  |  By zoorick

 |  Version: File Shredder 2.5

Pros

Secure deletion of any files and folders. I haven't been able to restore any deleted files.

Cons

None. Everything works and looks nice.

Summary

I don't understand where is all that malware people been screaming about in the reviews. Bitdefender doesn't detect a thing. I case it offers you to install something, just decline.

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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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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 NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.21MB
File Name file_shredder_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 717,757
Downloads Last Week 591
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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