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Stellar BitRaser for File 1.1.2 Giveaway
$39.99
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Giveaway of the day — Stellar BitRaser for File 1.1.2

Wipe sensitive files from Windows hard drive to securely sanitize your system!
$39.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 47 (70%) 20 (30%) 12 comments

Stellar BitRaser for File 1.1.2 was available as a giveaway on August 23, 2018!

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BitRaser for File is a secure data erasure software that supports 17 international trusted data erasure standards. The software also generates a data erasure certificate to ensure compliance as per global audit standards.

Key features:

  • Permanently erases files and folders;
  • Wipes installed applications and system traces including all internet activity;
  • Option to schedule erasure tasks at a later date or time;
  • Option to wipe unused drive space for optimization of the hard disk;
  • Offers 17 different international algorithms for erasure like dod (3/7 pass) and NATO;
  • Generates erasure certificates for audit purposes.

The offer includes half a year license!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10; Processor: Pentium Class; Memory: 256 MB Minimum; Hard Disk Space: 40 MB of Free Space

Publisher:

Stellar Information Technology

Homepage:

https://www.stellarinfo.com/windows-tools/file-eraser.php

File Size:

18.5 MB

Price:

$39.99

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#7

I downloaded and installed BitRaser at 1:13am US Central time. It's now 2:23am, the offer ends in 37 minutes, and I haven't received a registration key...

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Dryden  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

But where is the Verification Code?! ...Because this webpage is asking it: https://www.stellarinfo.com/registration/bitraser-for-file.php

Reply   |   Comment by ТЕРИРЕМ  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

But where is the Verification Code?! ...Because this webpage is asking it: https://www.stellarinfo.com/registration/bitraser-for-file.php

Reply   |   Comment by TEРИРЕМ  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

This American developer has been in the software business for several years and in that time earned user plaudits and favorable tecchie reviews worldwide for the quality of its data recovery programs. As the corporate logo on its website pages is "Stellar Data Recovery", and its trading entity is Stellar Data recovery Inc, no surprise there then.

What is a little surprising is the company's inclusion of data erasing and data recovery software in its portfolio -- not because they're mutually exclusive, but because the software industry is absolutely chock full of data wipers / cleaners / erasers, and has been for a long time. The competition for home users is intensive, which perhaps explains why Stellar doesn't actually feature BitRaser in its home use range at all, but only its business range.

On which basis then, its facility to generate erasure certificates for audit purposes is in some cases going to be relevant -- but for home users, irrelevant. And sadly, that's the only significant difference which seems to exist between BitEraser and all the other programs, free and paid-for, out there. Nothing in its promotional material addresses the software's ability to out-perform that home-use competition, not even the mention of 17 different "international algorithms" (such multiplicity is pretty much meaningless anyway.)

Nowadays, an increasing number of home computer users have (sensibly) taken advantage of the decreasing price of SSDs to divide up their PCs into a small capacity SSD for the Windows OS and a much larger capacity HDD for data.

In my case, if I have need to wipe the so-called 'Free Space', I use my ancient copy of CCleaner Free, select the 3-pass cleaning option -- because with modern HDDs, nothing higher is necessary -- set it running last thing at night, go to bed, wake up and have breakfast in the morning, and the job's done. For an individual file or folder I'm not bothered about, delete to Recycle Bin is all I need; alternatively, any of the free multi-pass shredders out there, from Bleachbit to Privazer to Erazer to you-name-it, takes care of that.

None of this is to suggest that the vast amount of freeware out there is superior to Stellar's offering. But it is to say that for home usage, buying any commercial cleaning / wiping / erasing / shredding product makes little financial sense. Stellar is a good and honest company, and I wish it well, but BitRaser is not any kind of quantum leap in the home user market and as such today's offer -- that grudging 6-month trial period aside -- lacks a USP persuasive enough to download and try it.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

MikeR, Thanks again, Mike, for another great review. Yes this 6 mth trialware is getting frustrating and the fact that there are few free programs will do what this does. Also there failing to mention, and if they do and I missed it I apoligize ahead of time, that an SSD needs only 1 wipe and more than 1 can shorten its lifespan.
To "shredd" my drives, I use Active Killdisk and it is portable.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

As always I appreciate all the offerings made on GAOTD but I am going to give this one a miss for several reasons. First a half-year license on a product which I would use a handful of times is restrictive. Second the retail price of $40 is excessive when there are a plethora of freeware products which do the same. Third, and most important, I couldn't find anything on the publishers website describing how it works with SSDs which require special attention by writing a pattern to the entire disk to ensure that there are no remnants of your data hiding is areas masked by the onboard load leveling techniques. With SSDs you also don't have to run multiple passes to eradicate sensitive issue, one-pass is fine and without the developer stating that it's multi-pass for magnetic media and single for NAND-gate (SSD, USB stick, memory cards, etc.) you could be shortening the life of such devices.

Reply   |   Comment by Zarf  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)
#2

CCleaner does all this for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

Mothman,

Hmmm. Didn't realize that and I've been using CCleaner for over 10 years. It has a 'Drive Wiper' feature that wipes 1,3,7, or 35 times. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by jj juice  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Mothman,
CC don't as mentioned.........I have several "recovery" programs that I've RECOVERED many supposedly wiped files.
What really TICKS ME OFF is I've never been able to stop CC from WIPING ALL MY PASSWORDS on various sites I visit daily.,
As for this one I MIGHT get an Email answer before TOMORROW to activate......it's only been 4 hours.

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#1

Why is it needed if there is a "PrivaZer"?

Reply   |   Comment by Dimma  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Dimma, And a Free File Shredder, that's enough for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Mirix  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Dimma, as does https://eraser.heidi.ie/ the only thing I can see this doing that the vast majority of others do not is fabricate a certificate of erasure "for audit purposes" When I was doing secure erasure professionally and a certificate of erasure was required for insurance purposes, since there is no commercial standard for certificates for auditing purposes. It's not rocket science.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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