Free File Wiper

Free File Wiper

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.62
  • Total Downloads:
    12,435
  • Date Added:
    May 29, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    139.79KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    91
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Everybody knows that the files and folders you delete in Windows aren't really deleted from your hard drive, at least not right away. Even when you empty the Recycle Bin, the files aren't overwritten until Windows needs the disk space. You can download many free utilities that offer secure file deletion, such as My Portable Software's Free File Wiper. It's portable freeware that offers multiple secure deletion methods, context menu integration, and drag-and-drop simplicity.

Free File Wiper is so simple that it opened the first time with its Help file displayed just so we'd know something happened (or so it seemed, though maybe the developers were just being helpful). We had to look in the corner by the System Tray to find the program's icon, a small blue trash can. Right-clicking the icon produced a menu with many options, including deletion method, transparency, startup behavior, and the ability to integrate the program with the Send To menu in Windows Explorer. This option is selected by default, and it proved a quick way to purge files without having to deal with emptying the Recycle Bin. The program pops up with a warning that deleted files will be unrecoverable. Free File Wiper offers four levels of wiping with between 1 and 7 passes: Quick, Normal, Secure, and Maniacal. The Maniacal method didn't seem to take any longer than the Quick method, at least with typical file sizes. Larger archives took longer to delete, no matter which method we tried, but that's to be expected. No trace of our deleted files remained.

With simple, compact, and free tools like Free File Wiper available, it makes no sense to compromise your safety and security by failing to delete the files and folders you thought you were deleting. Think of it like a paper shredder for your PC: any documents containing personal information you'd like to keep personal should be destroyed. Free File Wiper runs from any location, including USB drives, so it can protect you on the go, too.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Works fine, but delivers unwanted software (malware?)"

May 03, 2013  |  By ghant1

 |  Version: Free File Wiper 1.50

Pros

Easy drag and drop secure file deletion

Cons

Too bad that it won't also overwrite blank space on disks.

The big problem is the malware. I did the custom install and unchecked the box for additional software. In spite of that I found a new search bar on my Firefox browser called DeleteTab. I uninstalled that and the Free File Wiper. I then reinstalled Free file Wiper and unchecked the boxes for additional software. This time I got 2 unwanted apps, DeleteTab and something called Download Terms."

Summary

I guess this app is just a vector that companies can use to inject their apps onto unsuspecting users computers. I'm not sure the apps are very destructive, but nothing should ever be installed without the knowledge and approval of the owner.

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5 stars

"Very pleased with it and the ease of using it..."

April 09, 2013  |  By Liam_Barber53

 |  Version: Free File Wiper 1.50

Pros

Very easy to use.

Cons

not sure if I have any.

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4 stars

"Pretty Good."

January 02, 2012  |  By jas-matt

 |  Version: Free File Wiper 1.03

Pros

Has a nice feature, you can 'send' a file to File Wiper by clicking on the 'send to'menu when you right click on a file.

Cons

The nagging donation screen that appears before it will function. It's only in English pounds(monetary). I live in the U.S.A. where the monetary value is $.

Summary

Other than the nagging 'donation' screen, it seems to work.

Updated on Jan 2, 2012

Nagging 'donation' screen for free software.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.62
Version 1.62 has updated the software installer.
General
Publisher My Portable Software
Publisher web site http://www.myportablesoftware.com/
Release Date May 27, 2013
Date Added May 29, 2013
Version 1.62
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 139.79KB
File Name free_file_wiper.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,435
Downloads Last Week 91
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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