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ShredIt for Windows

By Mireth Technology Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2009
This file-shredding software allows the user to delete files but falls short of similar applications for a number of reasons. Some users may initially get confused when trying to evaluate the demo because ShredIt unexplainedly places two shortcuts in the Start menu, one of which does not work. You have to click the one labeled Demo to actually get anything done. The program claims to be able to shred both files and folders, but in our tests, it only worked with files. Adding a file to delete is a self-explanatory affair, but we wish ShredIt let you do so via the context menu or by dragging and dropping. You will find a couple of government-sanctioned erasing algorithms to choose from (though not as many as with competing programs), and you also can specify write patterns and number of wipes. But all of this may be a moot point, since this anemic demo only deletes--not shreds--files and warns you they could be potentially recovered. All things considered, we'd call ShredIt slightly below average when compared to other applications in this category.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0

Version 6.0 updates installer.


Release October 30, 2019
Date Added October 30, 2019
Version 6.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 17,282
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Developer's Description

Files can be recovered from your computer's recycle bin. Protect your privacy with this easy to use file shredder that shreds data so it can't be recovered. Whether you want to erase a hard drive or wipe a file, ShredIt for Windows is the computer privacy software for the job. It shreds files, folders, disk free space, hard drives and external hard drives. It comes with step-by-step instructions, built in safety features, government overwrite standards compliance - DoD, DoE, NSA - and a configurable overwrite pattern.