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How to Securely Delete the Trash (Recycle Bin) in Windows

Discussion in 'Windows - Software discussion' started by ireland, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. ireland

    ireland Active member

    Nov 28, 2002
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    How to Securely Delete the Trash (Recycle Bin) in Windows

    Deleting files from your Recycle Bin doesn’t mean they are gone forever since a myriad of file restoration programs exist to recover deleted data; which is why you may need to use a program like Eraser to securely delete your personal data.

    Note: While we will focus on Eraser today, there are actually several different free and paid programs you can use to securely delete your data. The advantage of this particular freeware application is that it integrates into Windows Explorer so you can just right-click on the Recycle Bin and securely delete the trash.

    What is Eraser?
    Eraser is an easy to use program that allows you to delete files and folders securely while overwriting the files with carefully selected random data, rendering them useless. Eraser allows you to delete files on demand or schedule file deletion at a specified time in the future.

    The program offers 13 different deleting techniques that will ensure that your deleted data is completely irrecoverable. The first method is Eraser’s default setting and the two DoD methods are the second and third most commonly used methods.

    1. Gutmann method 35-pass Method
    2. US DoD 5220.22-M standard 3-pass Method
    3. US DoD 5220.22-M standard 7-pass Method
    While many websites will try to perpetuate the myth that you need to perform a multi-pass deletion technique, a single pass secure delete for a disk is generally sufficient.

    Downloading and Installing Eraser
    Eraser is available in two main forms. The first is the portable version which only takes up 3 MB when installed to a flash drive or on your computer. You can download it from PortableApps. Simply copy the executable file to your flash drive and run it to perform the portable install.

    The full version of Eraser comes in three main forms. There are the nightly builds which are precursors for beta testing versions and the beta versions for testing. In addition to these, they offer the latest stable build on their website.

    For the purposes of this example, we will download the latest stable build of Eraser from their official SourceForge page, but do be careful because SourceForge has recently been bundling crapware into their installers.


  2. WilliamM.Barton

    WilliamM.Barton Newbie

    Jan 2, 2015
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    There are lots of more software available which can help to delete trash files in system. These trash files can slowdown your computer system and deleting these can boost your system performance so it is essential to use a software that can delete trash files unwanted registries some more unwanted system files.

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