Softpedia Editor's Review for Eraser
Erase data permanently
Written by Bogdan Popa on October 22nd, 2012
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Deleting a file once and forever is supposed to be an easy task, but with so many recovery tools on the market, one can never be sure data was safely removed, without any chance of getting it back.
Eraser, on the other hand, promises to really help you in this regard, as its sole goal is to permanently delete files and folders, so recovery solutions won't be able to restore a single bit of information.
The program is so efficient mostly thanks to the fact that it not only removes the data, but it also overwrites it multiple times with some predefined patterns.
The interface is pretty straightforward, so in order to permanently clear data you have to set up new schedules. There are a few options available though, so you have to decide whether to run the task manually, immediately, on restart or recurring.
But the most important thing is the erasure method. There are 13 tools available, each with its very own way to deal with data removal, so pick the one you think it will do a better job and you're ready to go.
Of course, Gutmann or US Army AR380-19 might not tell you much, but you can always have a look in the detailed help menu to get more information on such topics.
Eraser needs some time to delete the files, that's for sure, but that's not a drawback at all, it's just that the app needs to make sure your data won't be recovered at all.
In conclusion, Eraser is indeed one of the best secure cleaning tools on the market. Very easy to use and packing enough features to attract many, this tool may very well become a must have for most users.
Here are some key features of "Eraser":
· Secure drive erasure methods are supported out of the box
· Erases files, folders and their previous deleted counterparts
· Works with an extremely customisable Scheduler
· Windows Common Control 4.72
· .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Updated Italian translation.
· Updated LZMA SDK for Bootstrapper to use the beta 9.22 SDK which is the only one available from 7-zip.
· Improved Recycle Bin support for non-NTFS drives on Windows.
· Fixed Scheduler display bug where tasks added using the Shell Context Menu could appear in the schedule as Not Queued even if it was configured to run automatically, if a task was already running.
· Fixed dereferencing of non-volume reparse points. Erasing files in earlier versions when a reparse point was in a path could cause Eraser to refuse erasing the file.
· Disable all entropy mixing algorithms except SHA-1 so that Eraser can continue to function even when FIPS mode is enabled under Windows XP.
· Bug fix for CryptoAPI crash on startup under certain circumstances.
· Fixed persistence of non-default erasure methods for erasure targets.
· Allow users to exit from an invalid custom erasure method editor state if he clicks cancel or closes the dialog.