File Deletion Tools

Anchor Link BCWipe
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-08
Version: 6.04.3 – Released: 2013-04-11 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 6.2 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“BCWipe software enables you to confidently erase files that can never be recovered by an intruder. BCWipe embeds itself within Windows and can be activated from the Explorer FILE Menu OR from the context sensitive (right click) menu OR from a command-line prompt. BCWipe is a powerful set of utilities which complies with options to invoke either the US DoD 5200.28-STD standard or the Peter Gutmann wiping scheme. You can also create and use your own customized wiping scheme to wipe sensitive information from storage devices installed on your computer.”
Anchor Link Delete Invalid Files
License: Demo – Reg. $26.95 Last Reviewed: 2012-06-21
Version: 4.04 – Released: 2010-01-01 Windows: NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 620 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Windows allows the creation of file names and folder names that can not be deleted or renamed via Windows Explorer. This includes names with invalid characters and names that are too long. The current version of DelinvFile includes a function to scan for invalid names and too-long names.
“DelinvFile has been converted to a demonstration trial. However, this includes the capability for testing to verify that the program can access and process your problem files and folders. With this change, registration now includes a 30-day money-back guarantee to accommodate the situation in which DelinvFile fails to delete your problem files.”
Anchor Link East-Tec Eraser
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-04
Version: – Released: 2013-05-03 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 5.88 MB
“Eraser goes beyond U.S. Department of Defense standards for the permanent erasure of digital information and easily removes every trace of sensitive data from your computer. Completely destroy information stored without your knowledge or approval: Internet history, Web pages and pictures from sites visited on the Internet, unwanted cookies, chatroom conversations, deleted e-mail messages, temporary files, the Windows swap file, the Recycle Bin, previously deleted files, valuable corporate trade secrets, business plans, personal files, photos or confidential letters, etc. East-Tec Eraser offers full support for popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla Firefox, America Online, MSN Explorer, Opera), for Peer2Peer applications (Kazaa, Kazaa Lite, iMesh, Napster, Morpheus, Direct Connect, Limewire, Shareaza, etc.), and for other popular programs such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, etc. Eraser has an intuitive interface and wizards that guide you through all the necessary steps needed to protect your privacy and sensitive information. Other features include support for custom privacy needs, user-defined erasure methods, command-line parameters, integration with Windows Explorer, and password protection.”
Anchor Link Eraser
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2012-05-22
Version: – Released: 2012-05-22 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 8.68 MB Portable version available on-site
“Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann’s paper ‘Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory’ and they are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive. Eraser is FREE software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.”
Anchor Link Files Terminator Freeupdate
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Version: – Released: 2013-05-15 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 2.2 MB Portable version available on-site
“Files Terminator Free is an easy to use application that allows users to permanently delete their files and wipe free disk space. The utility protects the users privacy by permanently delete sensitive documents, images, videos and other files and by overwriting the free disk space. The software uses several shredding methods (one pass Pseudorandom, British HMG IS5, two pass Russian GOST P50739-95, three pass US DoD 5220.22M, seven pass German VSITR, Canadian RCPM TSSIT OPS-II, Bruce Schneier and the 35-pass Peter Gutmann) and supports drag and drop for easier use. During file shredding the content of the selected files are overwritten several times with random data and predefined characters and cannot be recovered any more.
“Finally, Files Terminator Free is a quick and easy to use application with a user-friendly interface that helps users permanently delete sensitive documents and swap free disk space.”
Anchor Link Freeraser
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-21
Version: – Released: 2009-04-16
File Size: 1.94 MB Portable version available
“An ordinary deleting of files isn’t enough! When you wish to delete any sensitive information, like industrial secrets or some unwanted content, you want to be sure that it will be deleted permanently. Sorry to say, there is a plenty of software recovery tools that can restore your deleted items. If you need to destroy any data and eliminate any possibility of its restoration you need a ‘shredder’. This software destroys the data you choose before the deletion, using a complicated procedure of filling the actual content with random data. Freeraser can function on three levels:
1. a fast destruction (standard 1-round filling of random data)
2. a forced destruction (3 rounds of filling according to DoD 5220.22M standard)
3. an ultimate destruction (35 rounds of filling with data according to Guttman algorithm).
“It is obvious that the more powerful destruction is performed, the more rounds it takes and the more time it needs. Users can define the method that they wish to destroy their data with.”
Anchor Link SDelete
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-01-13
Version: 1.61 – Released: 2013-01-11 Windows: XP and higher
File Size: 81 KB
“The only way to ensure that deleted files, as well as files that you encrypt with EFS, are safe from recovery is to use a secure delete application. Secure delete applications overwrite a deleted file’s on-disk data using techiques that are shown to make disk data unrecoverable, even using recovery technology that can read patterns in magnetic media that reveal weakly deleted files. SDelete (Secure Delete) is such an application. You can use SDelete both to securely delete existing files, as well as to securely erase any file data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk (including files that you have already deleted or encrypted). SDelete implements the Department of Defense clearing and sanitizing standard DOD 5220.22-M, to give you confidence that once deleted with SDelete, your file data is gone forever.”