When I ran Windows XP and 32-bit Windows 7, I would routinely destroy some files using a file-wiping program.
This was similar to the disk-wiping programs that you can use to securely wipe everything from a hard drive before discarding it, giving it to someone, or donating it — but destroys files and folders, not everything on a hard drive. Not familar with hard-drive wiping programs? Check out the freeware Darik’s Boot & Nuke (www.dban.org).
The file-wiping program that I used was on the Tool’s page of Sunbelt’s VIPRE, and could be configured as a choice on the right-click Context Menu when you right-clicked on an icon or file.
Unfortunately, there were so many changes in 64-bit Windows that the Secure File Eraser program wasn’t initially available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
I noticed the other day that Secure File Eraser was now available in GFI’s VIPRE Antivirus Premium, so I promptly set it up. With it, I can erase files and folders such that they’re very difficult or impossible to be recovered, even with specialized tools.
So, what did I use with my 64-bit Windows 7 until there was a compatible version of Secure File Eraser?
I found and downloaded Moo0 FileShredder. This free utility (free for non-commercial use) installs to your computer, sets up a menu item under All Programs and also sets up a desktop icon.
Just double-click the desktop icon and you open it’s drag-and-drop window.
To delete a file or folder, just drag it from the desktop or from Windows Explorer – and drop it into the Moo0 FileShredder window.
There is special configuration option that lets you choose the destruction quality. You can choose from the four options:
- Shred Once (Normally Unrecoverable)
- Extra Carefully (Even More Secure)
- Into Ashes (Extremely Secure), and
- Vaporize (Vanish it!).