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Permanent Eraser for Mac

Editors' Review


While the built-in Empty Trash function on a Mac provides a strong level of security, Permanent Eraser for Mac uses the Gutmann encryption method, which is five times more powerful, to accomplish the most secure removal of information from your system.

Downloading and installing Permanent Eraser for Mac takes a couple of seconds. Simply drag the app to your Applications folder and double-click on its icon to start it, instantly. There's not really a user interface, but the app will pop up a warning window asking you if you're sure you want to erase the contents of your trash. During testing, we had around 440MB worth of trash to delete, and the app took around a minute to complete the process. This is not as fast as emptying the trash the traditional way, but if you need it gone for good, it's worth the wait. In the General Preference pane, you can set the erasing level for files as well as for CDs and DVDs. You can also check the options to play sounds and display a warning before erasing occurs. In the Plug-Ins Preference pane you can check the option to install the contextual plug-in, which will enable you to delete a specific file by right-clicking on it.

This product would be very useful for someone who deals with a large volume of secure documents that need to be permanently removed from a computer. For the average user, who is merely deleting harmless documents, the program may seem a bit slow.

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5 stars

"Excellent Product!"

June 03, 2015  |  By tunnl

 |  Version: Permanent Eraser 2.6.3


Full and complete erasure of ANY files! There is nothing else out there that can remove any trace of your documents, videos, photos, etc. better than Permanent Eraser. Simply put - the Gutmann method is more thorough than DoD (7x)!


Obviously, the only con is that it takes far longer to erase your files than dragging and dropping them to the trash. But if the latest version of Mac OS uses seven passes to empty the trash, while Permanent Eraser uses 35, logic would dictate that it SHOULD take at least five times as long to erase.


This software does what it says it will do, every time. Thanks, Edenwaith!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.6.3
  • Fixed critical issues where Permanent Eraser failed to work properly on Yosemite.
  • Fixed a warning on Yosemite when checking the OS version.
  • Fixed a Dock icon drawing issue on Retina Macs.
  • Added additional Retina-level images.
  • Added additional UI improvements.
  • Updated the code signing to work properly with Gatekeeper for OS X 10.9.5 and later.
  • Tested and verified for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
Publisher Edenwaith
Publisher web site
Release Date March 23, 2015
Date Added March 23, 2015
Version 2.6.3
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.5/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.1MB
File Name
Total Downloads 27,664
Downloads Last Week 124
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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