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Editors' Review

by   / June 24, 2011

Deleted files aren't completely deleted when you send them to the Recycle Bin. Even when you empty the Recycle Bin, deleted files aren't wiped from the disk. A secure file deletion tool can scrub every trace of a deleted file from your disk drive, but that means more steps and opening another piece of software. We looked at DeleteOnClick, a secure file deletion utility that integrates with context menus in Windows. DeleteOnClick lets you right-click files and delete them securely with a single click. It overwrites files to destroy them on the disk so they can't be recovered. DeleteOnClick also automatically renames files and wipes file attributes before deletion to thwart undelete attempts.

Since DeleteOnClick integrates itself with context menus in Windows Explorer, we had to reboot our system to finish up the installation. Since we had a test folder of extracted files on our desktop, we opted to test DeleteOnClick on it. We right-clicked the file, and then selected Securely Delete 64-Bit on the context menu. A pop-up asked us if we were sure we wanted to delete the file. We were, but it's worth mentioning that it pays to be sure you want to delete the selected files because they'll be gone when DeleteOnClick does its thing. We clicked OK, and a progress bar and file name display tracked the process. We clicked Abort, and the program stopped deleting files, but those that had already been processed were already gone, of course. Uninstalling DeleteOnClick also required a reboot, and we also opted to remove shared files installed along with the program that merely linked to the developer, 2brightsparks.

While DeleteOnClick's download includes a Web-based Help file, there are no options to set, and no real interface, either, just the context menu entry. That's the key to the program's simplicity, apparently, and we can't complain since there's nothing really to set and the program's warnings are more than adequate to keep users from accidentally deleting the wrong file. However, it will thoroughly zap any file you point it at, so remember to use it with care.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.3

Version 2.3 adds extra confirmation if wiping everything on a drive.

General

Publisher 2BrightSparks
Publisher web site http://www.2BrightSparks.com
Release Date March 24, 2014
Date Added March 24, 2015
Version 2.3

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements

Download Information

File Size 3.53MB
File Name DeleteOnClick_Setup.exe

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Total Downloads 23,502
Downloads Last Week 3

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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