This Windows add-on securely deletes files to Department of Defense standards, but lacks an interface for mass or targeted deletions. TrueEraser is a shell extension for the Windows Explorer context menu. The utility merely adds two cleaning options when you right-click a folder or a file. You choose to either delete "fast" or delete "hard." The program doesn't explain the difference between the two or offer any help information. TrueEraser has no interface to allow users to delete multiple files based on extensions or other variables. It also lacks a help file to help novices understand DOD standards or the two options. Our tests found some stability issues on some XP installs. Despite its issues, this simple and effective file shredder would benefit all security-minded users.
What's new in version 1
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedJune 23, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional RequirementsWindows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
TrueEraser is an advanced security tool for Windows, which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your computer. TrueEraser implements the Department of Defense clearing and sanitizing standard DOD 5220.22-M, to give you confidence that once deleted with TrueEraser, your file data is gone forever. TrueEraser is also very easy to use. Just right click on any file/folder and choose TrueErase from the Windows context menu.
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