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Shredder

By Nikhil Baliga Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 4, 2009

There are so many privacy tools available, it's possible to dismiss one just based on an unappealing interface. In the case of Shredder, a free file and folder deletion tool, the design choices are not only questionable, they get in the way of using the program.

The black background is bad, but the green text on top of the black background makes it almost unbearable. The panel-style window displays your folders on the left, the individual files are displayed on the right, and the selected files and folders on the bottom. Blink and you'll miss the nondescript command buttons between the top and bottom panels. To be fair, a rollover on a button displayed a brief description at the bottom of the window. The Help feature also briefly explains each button's function, but that's about it for user guidance. The process for file and folder deletion was fairly standard, though, and Shredder duly removed selected items from test computers.

The program works, but there are plenty of others that offer the same functionality in a more appealing package. If you're not swayed by aesthetics, we also found that the publisher's Web site was no longer available, which may present problems if you need support. All things considered, we'd suggest you pick another tool to remove files and folders.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.5

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added January 24, 2007
Version 1.0.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,244
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

When a file is deleted, it is not completely removed from the hard disk. So, it is actually possible for somebody to recover these files using file recovery programs. This is a threat if you have some sensitive data that you wish to remove. Shredder is a freeware program using which you can simply select files and shred them. With a very easy-to-use interface, just select the files, and click on shred.

The files once shred, even if recovered will not show the original contents. The main advantage of this program is: It's just 9 kb in size (That's right 9 kb), and no messy forms, just one simple dialog. Attractive Matrix type Green interface. Bug fixes and new features: duplicate entries removal works, duplicate entries get removed automatically during shred or erase, sequences of 0s and 1s get filled in, before use of standard Nikhil Baliga's Shredder algorithm (that was used before), refresh feature has been added, and speed has been increased.