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Best Tools To Securely Delete Files in Windows

Best Tools To Securely Delete Files in Windows

June 11, 2013 at 04:55AM

delete-files-thumbnaildelete-files-thumbnailDeleting a file from your computer may be the simplest thing to do, but do you know that the file still exists on your computer? When you delete a file, only the reference of the file is removed. It will only be completely erased when another file is written over it. We have covered plenty of ways to delete files beyond recovery in Windows. Here are more tools that you can use to securely delete files in Windows.

1. Eraser

Eraser is a very handy Windows utility that can help users delete files permanently from their computer. With Eraser, you can securely delete files, folders or any file that you deleted previously. It contains multiple erasing techniques that can help users get rid of any private or confidential file.

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You can schedule Eraser to run tasks at any specific time to securely delete files and folders from your system. Eraser is also available as a portable software which helps users run it on any PC without installing it.

Download Eraser

2. CCleaner

CCleaner is a one of the most popular tools to clean files from your computer. With CCleaner, you can easily delete unused files and clean traces of online activity. It’s also a very good file shredder. It deletes all the temporary Internet files of any browser, freeing up space in order to boost the speed of your computer. CCleaner also has a task-scheduling feature that allows you to clean up you system every few days or as specified in the settings.

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Download CCleaner

3. File Shredder

File Shredder is yet another handy utility that allows you to delete files without the risk of getting them recovered. After installing File Shredder, just click on “Add files/folders” and browse the location of the file/folder you want to delete. The file/folder will appear in the main pane. Select the files you want to delete from your computer and click “Remove Seletected”.

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Download File Shredder

4. Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller is a program that needs no introduction. It basically helps users to uninstall files properly without leaving any traces. The application also has a “Unrecoverable Delete” feature that allows users to delete files permanently from your computer.

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The basic version of Revo Uninstaller is free. The Pro version will cost you $39.24 after 30-days trial.

Download Revo Uninstaller

5. SDelete

SDelete is a command line utility that allows you to securely delete any files that are saved on your computer. You can even use the tool to delete any portions of the files that remain in your system. You must use specific commands if you want to securely delete files from your system. When you launch command prompt, all you need to do is open the Sdelete folder using commands, and it will show you the instructions on how to use SDelete.

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Download SDelete


All the tools mentioned above are useful if you want to make sure the files in your system are deleted for good. Which tool do you prefer to securely delete files from your computer? Share your views in the comments below.

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