How To Securely Delete Files In Windows 7

Do you know that when you delete any files on Windows, they don’t get permanently deleted. Even when you delete it with the help of “Shift+ Delete” keys. You can always retrieve deleted files back using tools like Recuva. This is a threat to your security because, suppose you have deleted some crucial files (password, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records) that you don’t want to share with anyone. Chances are high that anyone could retrieve it back using disk maintenance or an undelete utility.

To assure removal of sensitive data from your hard drive you can use a small utility known as Eraser. It is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times using selected patterns such as Guttmen (35 passes), Schneier 7 pass (7 passes), etc.

Download and install this tool on your computer. (Download link given at the last of this article). Now if you want to delete any data using Eraser, just right click on any file, you’ll see Eraser option. You can either delete the file using tool instantly or delete it on restart.

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After execution of the task, it notifies you through the system tray icon.

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How to schedule Eraser

There are certain places on your PC which are required time to time cleanup such as RecycleBin and temporary files. It is a nice idea to schedule Eraser to delete all the files inside these folders. Here’s ho you can do this.

Open Eraser by double clicking on the system tray icon. Go to Erase Schedule –> New Task.

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Give a name to task (optional) and choose the task type. Select “Recurring”  option if you want to delete files on a particular time (it’s just like you schedule Windows backup). Click on Add data button to select the location of file to delete.

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Keep Erasure method as “default”. Now there are four options to select. You can either select a file, files in folder, unused disk space, or recycle bin. After selecting appropriate option, click on OK button.

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Now on the task properties panel, click OK button.

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If you selected Recurring method then your task is schedule otherwise you can manually delete files by right clicking on the task name and selecting “Run now”. You can also Edit, Delete tasks and see the task log using right click menu options.

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That’s how you can easily and securely delete files in Windows. It is available for Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Download Eraser to securely delete files in Windows.

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