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Giveaway of the day — 1-abc.net File Washer 5.00

Erase files completely so that they can never be recovered again!
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 632 (48%) 687 (52%) 44 comments

1-abc.net File Washer 5.00 was available as a giveaway on July 27, 2012!

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Erase files completely so that they can never be recovered again! 1-abc.net File Washer makes all these programs useless! By deleting files with that program, you can switch between 9 different deleting methods, and all of them overwrite your old file before removing so the only thing that could ever be recovered will be senseless data.

Keep your data secure even after deleting and erase your files with 1-abc.net File Washer!

Please note that 1-abc.net Team offers e-mail support also for this free edition. Just visit http://1-abc.net/support.htm for frequently asked questions or to contact them directly.

Note that 5 best improvement ideas will be rewarded with a license for 1-abc.net Security Box. Use Idea Informer widget to submit your feedback and do not forget to fill in your name and e-mail – otherwise the Developer will not be able to contact you in case you are the one to win!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7 systems; CPU 300 MHz; RAM 32MB; disk space 10MB

Publisher:

1-abc.net

Homepage:

http://www.1-abc.net/0017/index.htm

File Size:

6.79 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#44

Biggest problem I saw is that you have to evoke the program each time -- nothing is associated so no left click bring up a context menu. I was rather surprised by that. Also would be good if it REPLACED the recycle bin like EAST-TEC ERASER does. Was fast though but could NOT CLEAN slack bytes so over all, lukewarm rating. I would not recommend this for purchase. JOAN

Reply   |   Comment by Joan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#43

@ raju # 39 & 8 I certainly did not mean to criticize your suggestion. I thought I said that clearly in my comment as I also stated a regularly use Revo and the other uninstaller, since they already do a good part of the job and save us from cumbersome reboots.
I only pointed to the fact they almost always do leave keys behind, not only traces and that, in many cases there will still be the parts registered within system files that cannot be removed because you would remove other software registering in the system.
And there is also this PRO version of Revo where they boast Advanced scanning for leftovers - remove remnants of programs. Means they know they can do betert, isn't it? It's on offer on their site http://www.revouninstaller.com/ for $27.47 but if you install the latest fee edition (1.94), you are sent to another page http://www.revouninstaller.com/freeinstall_thankyou.html where the offer reads $19.62 - Special offer! Furthermore, the PRO edition has two features very alike to the software discussed here: Evidence Remover - erase permanently confidential data and Unrecoverable Delete - erase permanently files and folders.
By the way, what is the windmind hidden folder? My Free Commander is instructed to show all hidden folders and I never came across this one... Anyway, have you tried the likes of Unlocker or IObit Unlocker?

Reply   |   Comment by Francis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Axcrypt will encrypt/decrypt your files and shred them by right-clicking on file(s) and selecting it and what to do. Also, it is free and been around for years.

Reply   |   Comment by asaens  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

I have always wanted to ask this: I usually move all the data I want to delete to a pendrive, and then format that pendrive. On the hard drive I assume that one can never retrieve data that was moved.
Question - can one retrieve data from "records" left behind? I had different programs and different problems. If this can correct, it would save a bundle. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Amy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

#32 Glen3 - could you elaborate more on your suggestion "...encrypt it with any 256 bit hash and save with replace old file mode." Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by lost  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Sir,
I appreciate comment on my 8th observations. But still i find revo uninstaller and ccleaner does the registry cleaning also. The registry part is essential to execute the program and if there are traces, then the correct registry entries cannot be erased and it will do the tricks. So only I suggested to include the registry. Will any one say , how windmind hidden folder could be erased in vista or xp. thank you. I appreciate the developers brain work

Reply   |   Comment by raju  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#38

Lots of strange ideas how files are written to drives abound in the comments today... fact is IF one is using modern magnetic hard drives that no longer use MFM recording methods AND one is not using a transparent copy on write system like windows Volume Shadowcopy Service (VSS) then due to the way data is recorded into the surface of the magnetic media it is considered adequate to perform a single overwite of all the sectors previously used by the files to be purged on the drives. Only times that could threoretically be defeated is when a sector starts to fail and it's contents could be still read with ECC data to rebuild the correct data and the sector is then forced to be re-mapped to a spare good sector and the recoverd data re-saved to new physical but same virtual LBA location. The original failing sector would still potentially contain recoverable data that would not be addressable by any operating system using the drives standard firmware. but could be addressed using hacked firmware by suitably advanced data recovery labs.

Also as mentioned in one of the conditions above VSS in windows that runs System restore and previous versions completely makes ALL current file washers/scrubbers/shredders totally ineffective.

If 1-abc.net manage to produce a file washer that can find the VSS copied versions of the file in the VSS database and can selectively wipe those copies of the file while not breaking the remainder of the VSS database, then it would be worth $19.99 for personal use.

With modern SSD drives you cannot control transparent data remapping of the drives wear leveling function that happens entirely within the SSD on board controlers firmware so you could try over writing same LBA sector over and over and in reality you could be over-writing different physical memory cells every other time! So regardless of VSS or anything else if you ever need to securely remove data on them in software... you can't! So never put anything on such machines that is or could ever become sensitive or confidential in any serious way.

With modern laptop magnetic media they have a built in secure data destruction mechanism... though it's not in firmware or software... their platters are made of glass so take the drive out and subject it to a few hundred G shock, with a weighty golf club, and the platters will shatter securely destroying all the data. You can even verify the data destruction by shaking them afterwards and you'll hear the shards of glass verifying the security of the data destruction ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

Not just CCleaner, but Spybot - Search & Destroy has a file shredder. No need to pay $20 for something you can get free in a program /as a bonus to what it normally does/.

Reply   |   Comment by Melodia  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

For this kind of software I can't see other reasons than settling a score with the prosecutor to wipe your filth off of the hard disk.

If you really wanna make sure - use Darrens Boot "N" Nuke
(it's free and open source)

Reply   |   Comment by Ton van der Oest  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#35

With whatever spelling and grammar mistakes from this fellow in China, his English is ten times better than most of what you frind on the Internet from people whose native language is English! And, by the way, how is your Chinese?

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#34

(4. … It is required that you use your main and real e-mail address which is the address used for your daily messages. Registration with an e-mail address only created to receive a key but no newsletter to this main address or registration with an e-mail including words like ‘spam’, ‘registration’, ‘regkey’ or similar expressions helping you to avoid to get The Vendor’s newsletter to this main address is not allowed and does not allow you to use The Software. …)

1-abc.net Registration Service”


Really.....Are you kidding me with that ?

gmail is my real e-mail. Why is a company like this allowed to offer something here. This is a most unreasonable request from them.

Reply   |   Comment by jonathan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#33

@#32 Glen3: Many millions of Windows users aren't familiar with "save with replace old file mode" because they're not familiar with Linux / Unix. On that basis, the Gutmann pass coupled with defrag / optimization is still the best option for the majority -- hence: Eraser's longterm success.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#32

You can overwrite a file as many times as you like, it will never wipe all of the traces left behind from any of the above mentioned erasers.

Why you ask, because of how the hard disk sectors are formatted and how the OS saves the data. Let say your HD is formatted with 1024 bytes per sector, and when you save your files, the OS puts few bytes here, few bytes there and then daisy chain the sectors into a readable file. Proof of this exists when you try to retrieve a file on a failing HD that says, error reading drive C, sector not found, abort, retry fail, I guess most of you have experienced that.

Now back to the erasers, they do not erase anything, but over write on top with let say "0000000..0000000", notice the length is usually 256 zeros. Since the file you are erasing is daisy chained in thousands of sectors, over write must be done in all of those sectors, but some of the original file is written in spaces less then 256 Bytes or in between other data files smaller then that.
When eraser encounters this, they just skips over it to the next sector and leaves behind part of the old file that can be seen or retrieved with sophisticated sector readers.

Solution, do what I have been doing for over a decade, just pick the file you are erasing, encrypt it with any 256 bit hash and save with replace old file mode.
After doing this, just press delete and no recovering software can ever see or recover any usable data. Problem solved. No need to over write with any erasing software. Simple and save. Some of those erasers re-write same zeros or ones many times over, why, because they hope if the first attempt fails, try and try over will fix the failed method used, which will not.

Unless used the method I describe above, every eraser on earth will leave some small original parts of the file and no eraser will ever over write 100% of the file being "erased" actually attempted to be over written. Using any over writer eraser program can shorten the life of your SSD drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen3  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#31

@26, promytius: GAOTD is for all those with an interest in computers and computing, and most folks here couldn't give a hoot if a capitalized 'f' should be in one place or some Hindu-Arabic numeral in another. It's the software's performance that counts. You're evidently in no position to assess that because you don't even understand why the secure shredding of individual files -- *NOT* hard disk space wiping -- is of primary importance to millions of computer users everywhere. Presumably then, you don't have a single solitary bank statement, savings update, design blue- print, or personal or commercial correspondence draft on your PC?

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#30

I pass on File Washer.

Good file erase utilities are often included in anti-virus programs, Revo Uninstaller, jv16 Powertools, and many other 'utility' suites. Who needs another file eraser?

BTW, the best freebie today is found on BitsDuJour.

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#29

I found the Brothersoft one. the link must have been updated. I don't see any stars there...
http://www.brothersoft.com/1-abc.net-file-washer-51509.html

Download3000 had a valid award.
Didn't see any award from Softpedia

Reply   |   Comment by GAOTD Installer  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#28

CyberShredder is a simple, free, drag-n-drop file eraser
http://www.cylog.org/utilities/cybershredder.jsp

Reply   |   Comment by Another Old Guy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#27

For me the best is “HDDerase” from CMMR, University of California, San Diego.

http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/Hughes/SecureErase.shtml

Reply   |   Comment by Shlomo  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#26

I suppose $20 is a little steep, but that is not the problem here. It's the grammar. The thing that scares me about bad grammar is that programming requires perfect grammar, so how can bad grammar guys write good code?
TRY THIS:
Erase files so completely that they can never be recovered. 1-abc.net File Washer renders all other deletion programs obsolete. To delete files with this program, you can switch between 9 different deleting methods, including overwriting the old file before removing it, so that the only recoverable data is random, meaningless data.
Keep your data secure even after deleting and erase your files with 1-abc.net File Washer!

Change the name - yes, a "1" puts you at the beginning of any list, but if it was called File Washer, then it would show up under "F" for Files, which is where it should be. Just "File Washer 5."
Finally, I see no use for this at all unless you are doing something illegal. Don't you have to have the drive PHYSICALLY in your possession before you can even TRY to extract deleted files? By then you're totally screwed anyway - they have you complete drive! Silly, obsessive/compulsive erasing will not help if they take your drive now, will it? So for me, I see no point to the software nor to the concept.

Reply   |   Comment by promytius  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#25

Very often when a product like this comes up people point to Ccleaner as offering a similar function. Today is no different. If you have Ccleaner then click on the Tools button and you will find an Uninstaller that works immediately, and you don't spend five minutes waiting for the list to be generated, a Startup manager, a quick link to the System Restore facility and at the bottom, a Drive Wiper. The Drive Wiper has various options from a Simple Overwrite (1 pass) up to a Very Complex Overwrite (35 passes). There must be something there to suit everyone. And if you haven't got Ccleaner then why not?

Reply   |   Comment by johnl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#24

Heigh-ho. You have to admire this developer's optimism in seeking to re-invent a wheel that has long been turning. And looking to charge $20, too. But anyway . .

As with 1-abc.net's recent offering here (June 11 2012) downloading is fast and fuss-free, with everything falling apart thereafter on a registration process that's utterly ludicrous: if this was Adobe offering a one-day giveaway of Photoshop CS, protection of the value of a unique product would be understandable. But here? A commercial me-too of existing freeware?

Giveaways here are as much for the benefit of the GAOTD community as the participating developers themselves: the feedback may sometimes be harsh, but it's pretty good value-for-money when it comes to market testing commercial software.

The developer needs to understand that GAOTD users don't come here to collect newsletters (subject to section 4, para 5, line 6, sub-clause b of whatever 1-abc.net's bonkers EULA stipulates) but to try out new software.

As to this software, it'll do just fine for those who've never heard of Eraser -- Eraser, the multiple over-write file shredder that's been around so lonnnnnng, there's even been a change in millennia.

Eraser is freeware, always has been and likely always will be. Over all the long years since 1997, its creators have refined and developed it, with the latest version available here:

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

I've no idea how good that version is because I'm still running a version from 2006 which worked fine then and still does so now, offering all the security options I'll ever need, viz: single pass pseudo-random data, three-pass US Department of Defense variant 1, seven-pass DoD variant 2, and finally, Peter Gutmann's superb 35-pass data over-writer which he revealed to the world as long ago as 1997:

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/secure_del.html

It's the Gutmann which is the most important of those options in both the free Eraser and today's FileWasher, for if you're serious about erasing archived financial information like bank statements then Gutmann is the only route to go. (And no: contrary to what some have said here, a Gutmann over-written file is not recoverable / readable, especially when, after erasing, the hard drive is defragged and/or optimized.)

In usage today, both File Washer's and Eraser's Gutmann processing did exactly the same job in exactly the same time. I didn't comparatively test any other option because anything less than Gutmann is a busted umbrella in a rain-storm. On which basis, therefore, 1-abc.net's $20 offering represents no meaningful improvement over the 17-year-old Eraser freeware.

More to the point, little if anything about today's developer inspires confidence, because aside from the paranoid EULA, the unwanted "newsletters", and the email harvesting, there's a real question of provenance here: clicking on the oddly-named 'Download Sites' tab on the developer's website reveals a host of "awards" of a kind that are all too familiar to GAOTD users, not one of which has the slightest credibility.

Compare and contrast that with Eraser's calm considered website, and its excellent user support forum, and it becomes even more difficult to see why 1-abc.net thinks its File Washer 5.0 has any commercial future at all.

On which note then, perhaps the developer might now like to re-think (a) its EULA; (b) its email harvesting; (c) its award claims; and last but not least (d)its product line. Oh: it might also like to learn how to spell Peter Gutmann's name . . .

Thanks then, GAOTD, but no thanks.

PS: @ Terry, post #15: you are joking, aren't you? You did visit the developer's 'Download Sites' awards? Though then again, you "having no qualms about divulging" sensitive information about yourself must mean you've no need of a file shredder app anyway. I hope you continue to fare as well with all the sharks circling around you on the Net as you seem to fare with the much smaller fish on your dinner plate.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#23

Afaik the size of an electron is still the same. So Magnetic Force Microscopes can still scan plates one electron at a time and potentially reveal 'wiped data'. Basic physics.

By the way, one of these deleting procedures is the famous “Gutman Method”, that probably is one of the best ways to erase data by overwriting it 35 times - even many secret agencies and defence departments in the world do not use such complicated erasing features!


Well obviously, as mr. Gutmann wrote the method to wipe a specific type and build of hardware only (eighties MFM/RLL encoded ones), meaning it's obsolete for modern drives. The method has been obsolete for more than 20 years and companies should stop spreading this urban myth of 'secure deletion using Gutmann'. It's complete nonsense.

How about any journaling, versioning or wear-leveling etc. on the disk system/OS itself that could potentially create data remnants? Does File Washer account for all those, you know, modern software and hardware? How about cloud-computing? It's the buzz these days.
Here's what mr. Gutmann has to say about Flash (solid state) memory, a completely different beasty where other rules apply. 1-abc.net File Washer will quite likely only make it easier to recover data when used on SSD's.

These programs usually offer very little in terms of security and if coded or used incorrectly, even accomplish the opposite by creating shadow copies everywhere. Effective cleaning software must meet both your OS and hardwares needs.

Besides, how high is the probability that the local cops will actually pull out a lightyears-beyond-their-budget MFM and physically examine your harddrive?

With that said, there's enough freeware and open source around that do 1-pass NULL-byte wipes, which is more than enough to bypass most recovery software available.

I wasn't impressed by 1-abc.net in the past and today is the same. Thanks GOTD anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by dany  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#22

@#4
"1)Computer forensics experts claim they can still retrieve data wiped multiple times."


Total baloney, no one has EVER recovered data after one overwrite, post your links where it proves me wrong, and no opinions please, just facts

http://www.nber.org/sys-admin/overwritten-data-guttman.html


Eraser is the best I have ever used, and free, I like version 5.8.8, works on windows 7 64bit also.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/files/

Reply   |   Comment by GOTDbetstester  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#21

* QUICK ERASE (==> just 1MB but extremely powerful app)

12 deletion methods cannot be wrong, can they??

· Quick – overwrites the file once with 0s
· British HMG IS5 (Baseline) – overwrites the file once with 0s
· British HMG IS5 (Enhanced) – overwrites the file 3 times
· Russian GOST P50739-95 – overwrites the file twice
· US Army AR380-95 – overwrites the file 3 times
· DoD 5220.22-M – overwrites the file 3 times
· DoD 5220.22-M (E) – overwrites the file 3 times
· DoD 5220.22-M (ECE) – overwrites the file 7 times
· Canadian RCMP TSSIT OPS-II – overwrites the file 7 times
· German VSITR – overwrites the file 7 times
· Bruce Schneier – overwrites the file 7 times
· Rizonesoft developed method (PAYNE-3163H) which overwrites the file an impressive 23 times

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Quick-Erase.shtml

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (ERRATA CORRIGE)  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

Many thanks again to Gionanni. Huge usefulness, as always. Thanks, thanks, thanks....I wouldn't come on this site everyday without him.

Reply   |   Comment by Roland  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#19

The program has 300 kb. Why does your packet have an as many as 7 MB? I am using the Internet at the unit and I have a limited quantity MB for taking down. Before the increase in the GAOTD packet was only for 1 MB greater. Come back to it!! I am begging

Reply   |   Comment by ja  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#18

@ raju # 8 Good suggestion, but again, don't believe these programs do a full job. I've been using Revo for ages, but also Advanced and IObit Uninstallers. After they have done their job (and one useful part here is the fact that when a software's uninstall needs a - nasty - restart to wipe some remaining files, these programs will do the job: no restart needed), I always run RegScanner to check for occurrences of either the program's or its manufactures's name and delete the offending ones. You'd be astonished of the quantity usualy,found...

Of course you have to know exactly what you are doing, several of those occurrences referring to Windows files that should never be deleted. Sticking to files bearing the date of the installation is a good rule of thumb when you're not quite sure... I'm also not so sure about "Firewall" and "Defense" occurrences (in my case stemming from Comodo Internet Security premium).
Anyway, this shows that, however thoroughly you act on the registry, you cannot remove all traces from it. One of the reasons I loathe this cumbersome Windows part and which makes me regret the days of autoexecs, configs and other .ini or even .pif files. They were, of course scattered all over the place, but they gave an experienced user full and easy control over every installed item. You also just uninstalled a program and would, automatically get rid of all those configuration files. In those days, I was the real boss of my Computer (starting with good ol' TRS80!). Now Vista does what it wants, when it wants and that's often a real catastrophy. Win 7 (on my portable) being a bit better, but I still am not in command there ;-((

Reply   |   Comment by Francis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#17

First off let me state that it is true that there is no such thing as a program that can offer absolutely unrecoverable data removal and or overwriting. Short of keeping sensitive data on small removable devices, which can be totally destroyed is your best bet, if you have absolutely have to store sensitive data.

If you are looking for something to keep personal stuff from prying eyes and the data is not that sensitive...
1. I recommend using a file hiding software when storing the data, something like Hide folder, you can get it here. http://www.cleanersoft.com/hidefolder/free_hide_folder.htm

2.
When you are ready to get rid of the files use an overwrite program like File Shredder, you can get it here... http://www.fileshredder.org/ it's freeware and works well.

3.

Limit other people access to your computer and run security / malware scans regularly.

Reply   |   Comment by Shane Potter  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#16

OK, what gets me is why do people have the time to use up vital computer resources to "Wipe" files numerous times. Unless you have a "Super Computer" Just don't install it. Makes sense.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)
#15

Downloaded and installed effortlessly seeming accompanied by a courteous and respectful air that is usually lacking in the current day customer/product-vendor relationship. It was quick and easy, uncomplicated and everything happened , e.g. Arrival of Activation Key, just as claimed by the company. I thank GOTD and 1-abc.net. A great product that does what it claims and more. Other comments concerned giving a real email address and the risks of exploitation, etc. I have no qualms whatever in divulging my real and primary email address, and have been availing of free software at any and many opportunities over the years; not once have I been spammed or annoyed in any way by a company who had my address.

This may be because I use discretion in selecting sources of my software and only engage those I trust from what I learn about them thru preliminary research. No matter how valuable or hot the program may be, I turn anything down if it smells like I may have reason not to trust them. Of course, it could simply be that I'm lucky that way.

For other commentors who list various reasons for mistrust, I'll list a reason I DON"T use to judge someone's product as being inferior or not to my liking - the quality of the description written for the product. The software can be both excellent in quality while being represented by a person with ESL and less than good standard of use of the English language. Not all good quality software is written or produced or sold by English-speaking people or those with English as the first language. There are perhaps just as many people of another language who can do things just as well, and in many cases better than those of us who speak English, I guess I got that point across with a little more belabouring than was necessary.

I have several other programs on my PC that delete files so that they cannot be undeleted or recovered all having the same claims as today's offering. Some I paid for and some I didn't. It makes no difference to me which were free and which were paid for with a price - today's would have cost me had I wanted it before it went on GOTD but today I got it free. It didn't occur to me to criticize the vendor or badmouth anyone or their work simply because they ask for money to do the same as others who offer it free. I have friends and acquaintances who think that if it's free it's inferior and isn't worth the price asked. To each his own. This is a good product.

I liken it to my buying fish occasionally. I come from a background where all sorts of delicious types of fish are caught, many of which I get free of charge. Occasionally i have to pay for fish for various reasons. The fact that I COULD and often do get free fish does not take away from the quality of the fish; it is delicious bought or gifted, makes no difference except that sometimes I'm blessed not to have to pay for it.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-32)
#14

@ Herman # 12 ... and Santa Claus really comes back every year...

Why would some (not always so secret) American and other services, spend lots of money to develop recovery techniques (they are not all the whiz-kid from "The Border", are they?)? And other agencies keep developing always stronger encryption algorithms, so recovered data would remain undecipherable?

@ BAW30s # 11 You should really not believe everything that appears on the Web (although How-to-Geek very often gives useful info and tips...)

Reply   |   Comment by Francis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#13

Bleachbit is free, does everything today's offering does and it can overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files. This means wiping files deleted months/years ago.

Reply   |   Comment by anon  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#12

#8 Re your link, rather like the discussion here, the comments on that article dispute the claims in the article. Although you may not be able to recover a whole wiped file, you can sometimes recover 'enough' for your needs (such as a prosecution).

Reply   |   Comment by G  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#11

"Computer forensics experts claim they can still retrieve data wiped multiple times."

These data recovery experts still 'claim' it, but can't do it.

Many years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and hard disks had a capacity of 5! MB, it WAS possible to recover data, which were overwritten ONCE. It was possible, because the tracks of the disks were much broader than the read/write-heads.

Nowadays data overwritten once are gone forever.

Reply   |   Comment by Herman  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#10

I agree with 7. In the past, it may have been possible on occasion to recover some over-written data from traces left at the side of tracks on hard drives, but with the precision of modern drives this has become an "urban legend" - see this expert article:
http://www.howtogeek.com/115573/htg-explains-why-you-only-have-to-wipe-a-disk-once-to-erase-it/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=190612&utm_content=emailsidebar

Reply   |   Comment by BAW30s  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)
#9

To Giovanni: Thank you for always taking time and giving us some really very good points!

Reply   |   Comment by Rodica Neaga  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)
#8

It is useful program. But programs like revouninstaller deletes the root registry files connected with the unwanted program. Try to include drag and drop and also the registry entries connected with the programs

Reply   |   Comment by raju  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)
#7

"Three reasons to skip this giveaway:

1)Computer forensics experts claim they can still retrieve data wiped multiple times."

that's ridiculous. a file over-written by random or single digits shows no trace of what came before. no they can't data wiped even one time

Reply   |   Comment by visitour  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#6

@#4 SoftwareJunkie- Thanks! I downloaded but will not install it. I don't use things like mailinator etc, but I believe you have a right to if you want! They lost me! I hate the constant spam I get daily from places like this, and ALWAYS get other spam that I can tell has been given or sold to other companies. You're RIGHT! This isn't free! It's almost like extortion, & they obviously consider it a very valuable thing to get your email address. I have never bought software from email ads! In some cases I might overlook all that just to get a primo software, like a Paragon product or that quality, but this software isn't that important to me.

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#5

This GAODT is a decent app which does its job pretty well and it's very easy to use as well, but there are far better and more powerful FREE ALTERNATIVES available on the market which can do the same tasks more deeply & effectively for FREE!!!

First of all, for a limited period of time (so hurry), you can grab a FREE key genuine license of the award-winning shareware "East-Tec DisposeSecure" here:

http://newest-download.blogspot.it/2012/07/serial-number-of-east-tec-disposesecure.html

Other great FREE tools worth downloading are definitely these:

* ERASER (==> SOFTPEDIA Editor Pick)

13 terrific removal data tools available like Gutmann and US Army AR380-19. With this tool you can be sure that anyone will ever be able to recover any sensitive data previously stored in your machine.

http://eraser.heidi.ie/

Screenshots:
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/Eraser-Screenshot-4216.html


* QUICK ERASE (==> just 1MB but extremely powerful app)

12 deletion methods cannot be wrong, can they??

· Quick – overwrites the file once with 0s
· British HMG IS5 (Baseline) – overwrites the file once with 0s
· British HMG IS5 (Enhanced) – overwrites the file 3 times
· Russian GOST P50739-95 – overwrites the file twice
· US Army AR380-95 – overwrites the file 3 times
· DoD 5220.22-M – overwrites the file 3 times
· DoD 5220.22-M (E) – overwrites the file 3 times
· DoD 5220.22-M (ECE) – overwrites the file 7 times
· Canadian RCMP TSSIT OPS-II – overwrites the file 7 times
· German VSITR – overwrites the file 7 times
· Bruce Schneier – overwrites the file 7 times
· Rizonesoft developed method (PAYNE-3163H) which overwrites the file an impressive 23 times

http://www.rizonesoft.com/2011/quickerase/

* Free CMRR Secure Erase
http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/Hughes/SecureErase.shtml

* PORTABLE SECURE WIPE (==> great Italian utility)
http://tcpmonitor.altervista.org/secure-wipe-erase-permanently-your-files/

* PORTABLE BLANK & SECURE
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/BlankAndSecure

* (Portable) Zer0
http://www.kcsoftwares.com/index.php?zero

And finally, if you want to delete any file from your HD which cannot be deleted by WINDOWS, use the award-winning freeware (Portable) FILE ASSASSIN or this pretty unknown FREE app I recently discovered by chance:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Any-File-Remover.shtml


So can't see why we should pay 20 bucks for a program like this if we can do even more things with FREE tools: what things can this GAOTD do the free tools mentioned above cannot??

If somebody knows the answer please let me know....LOL!!

My 2 cents...

Ciao
Giovanni

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+131)
#4

Three reasons to skip this giveaway:

1)Computer forensics experts claim they can still retrieve data wiped multiple times.

2) If you are bent on file wiping, there are tons of free program that offer multiple techniques but the best free program is Eraser:
http://eraser.heidi.ie/

3) When does free cost you? Today apparently. I got this after submitting an email address for registration:

"Dear User,

our registration system auto-detected following problem:

Your e-mail address collides with paragraph 4 of the end-user-license you have to agree to by installing the program.

(4. ... It is required that you use your main and real e-mail address which is the address used for your daily messages. Registration with an e-mail address only created to receive a key but no newsletter to this main address or registration with an e-mail including words like 'spam', 'registration', 'regkey' or similar expressions helping you to avoid to get The Vendor's newsletter to this main address is not allowed and does not allow you to use The Software. ...)

1-abc.net Registration Service"

Wow. Really? We must get daily spam to get this program?
Companies like this usually sell your email anyway.
No thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by SoftwareJunkie  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+254)
#3

Went to the web site:
Of the "awards" three were Error 404, and five were just download sites.
Not encouraging, will give this one a miss, THX anyway GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+110)
#2

Ccleaner does this for free as do many more programmes. A me-to offering for money will never succeed.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+49)
#1

Downloaded fine on my windows 7 64

Even though I don't like to give out my email for the registration
I did to give this a try,

it seems to work pretty good, and I like the ( overwrite with another file ) option you can really bewilder someone or drive them insane while they try to get to your deleted files

All in All I like this program it is a Keeper for me

Thank you GOTD and 1-abc.net 8=)

Reply   |   Comment by Billy Martin  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-36)
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