Windows File Shredder

Windows File Shredder

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    661,551
  • Date Added:
    April 25, 2007
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,418
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 151 votes

    • 5 star 53
    • 4 star 36
    • 3 star 23
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 26
  • 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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2 stars

"File shreds work"

June 17, 2014  |  By OldSongster

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Files shred very well

Cons

Disk shreds are not very good. Images are gone but the file names remain.

Summary

Ok but they need to work on the disk shredding as file names should not remain.

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5 stars

"Better than recycle bin"

February 21, 2013  |  By Mgonz

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Permanently deletes the file you delete, and it's very fast for a third party tool.

Cons

Bunch of computer illiterate kids freaking out over a false positive.

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1 stars

"Product fine, but 2 hidden malware it came with sucked"

January 30, 2013  |  By mozzie9598979495

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Product worked as advertised

Cons

TWO ITEMS OF MALWARE CAME WITH IT. Need I say more? I ALWAYS ALWAYS look for pre-opted-in crapware whenever I get software online. I made sure I was opted out of anything but File Shredder. When it installed, I immediately got a full browser popup notice in my default browser (Firefox) that said, "Congratulations, you've installed ____). Can't remember the name of that one because I immediately uninstalled it, but it had to do with "Big Happy Emoticons." It had also deleted all my tabs I had set for home page in Firefox and removed Firefox Sync. Six days later I found other malware on my system called "SelectionLinks" and it was a buggar to uninstall. I only lost about 4 hours of work time on that one as it took multiple passes of my anti-malware software to get each piece. I had to manually remove registry entries.

Summary

DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT INSTALL FILE SHREDDER. You might have anti-malware software that will catch the embedded malware, in which case that's great for you, but there is NASTY SOFTWARE that comes with this product and there is NO OPTION NOT TO RECEIVE IT. If your anti-malware software doesn't catch it, you're in for my experience. Don't go there.

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2 stars

"MALWARE INSTALLS WITH PRODUCT!!!"

January 15, 2013  |  By mike021A

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Product works fine - but you get stuck with a bunch of malware

Cons

installs trojan virus

Summary

Unfortunately I ignored the December 6, 2012 review By camfers. The installer does indeed download a virus. I have spent all morning trying to get rid of it. You should not download this!!!

Updated on Jan 15, 2013

I just downloaded this on 1/15/2013. A trojan virus gets installed with the package. When you install the product, the virus starts hijacking your browser sessions. Don't download/install it!

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5 stars

"Fast and effective"

January 02, 2013  |  By lancejohn

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

I am very happy with the speed and functionality of this from deleting individual files to wiping the free disk space.

Cons

I don't think I found any yet.

Summary

Very easy to use and quite effective.

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3 stars

"MALWARE DOWNLOADS WITH PRODUCT - FROM CNET DOWNLOADER"

December 06, 2012  |  By camfers

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Seems to work okay - haven't had time to check it all yet.

Cons

None that I can see yet.

Summary

The iSearch Claro Search Virus Hijacker downloads with this software - using CNET's Downloader. I stopped the install (too late) and now have to jump through numerous hoops to rid myself of this junk.

This is unacceptable.

I don't think the problem is with the File Shredder software itself, as this has now installed from the .exe file without problems.

BTW, why, when I search for "File Shredder" does this program not appear in the results, whereas when I search for "Shredder" it does?!

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5 stars

"The File-Shredder 2"

November 18, 2012  |  By charles400

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Well I can't speak to how effective it is in terms of stopping the FBI or the CIA or the NSA or somebody from recovering data from my disk.
But I will tell you straight-out that this little utility is very simple to use.
And it's very easy to use.
I figure that it would keep my friends and relatives from seeing stuff on my disk that I wouldn't want them to see.
I just use it on a two-pass low-level setting because I really don't have all that much to hide.
Nothing that would cause me great harm.
Two-pass takes no time at all.
It's done before you can blink an eye, even on 100 files.
Glad I have it - File-Shredder 2
Nice little piece of equipment as far as I am concerned.

Cons

I'm not a big enough expert to identify any cons on this item.
It's simple to use and it's easy to use and that's all I can say to you about it since I'm no expert on file-shredders.

Summary

Summary -
If you're like me -
Not a whole lot to hide from anybody important -
Use this simple & easy-to-use file-shredder utility.

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5 stars

"Excellent Free Product That ACTUALLY Works"

October 16, 2012  |  By phil_150

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Easy to use, simple instructions, very effective file removal

Cons

Not the most attractive of interfaces, but works all the same

Summary

Great FREE Tool, highly recommended,Does EXACTLY as it says and protects your security, I've upgraded to the Pro version as its such a great Product

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5 stars

"Great Application"

August 23, 2012  |  By mapuanmacoy

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

help save storage on hard drive

Cons

save a lot in hard drive space

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5 stars

"Frees MEGA Space on your Disk"

August 16, 2012  |  By ComeToPass

 |  Version: Windows File Shredder 2.0

Pros

Vanishes (overwrites) previously "deleted" data. Even your Mother can't pull up the sh*t you been lookin' at...

Cons

I'll do an update when I see a flaw.

Summary

When you hit delete ~ IT AIN'T REALLY DELETED. Delete deletes the reference to whatever file you THINK you deleted. "Properties." The bulk of the program/file is still there. So people use wipers such as this to hide data. I use them to free up SPACE! And this is a Jewel.

On First Run, I clicked Shred Free Disk Space and picked the Default 3-Pass module. Hit start. Shredding is a slow process with ANY cleaner. I stopped File Shredder after an Hr and 20 min when it was only 19% complete. A Reboot, and check my free space. My free space had jumped from 380.20 GB to 404.03... In an Hour. 7% increase in space. Interrupted.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher File Shredder
Publisher web site http://www.fileshredder.org
Release Date May 15, 2012
Date Added April 25, 2007
Version 2.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name file_shredder_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 661,551
Downloads Last Week 1,418
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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