EraserDrop – Drop Files Unto An Icon To Erase Securely

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This little Icon pictured here, is not just an Icon – it’s an active Icon. Let me explain – when the free portable application EraserDrop is active, this Icon is what you see. The Icon floats on the Desk Top or, on top of any opened applications. Simply by dragging and dropping selected files, or folders, onto this Icon, permanently, and securely, erases the files/folders from your system.

You may change the position of the Icon by holding down the “Left Shift” key and moving it to a desired position. As well, you may “Hide” the Icon by choosing “Hide” from the context menu.

A quick walkthrough:

For this review, I’ve selected 14 files from an old download folder (1773 Files – 17.5 GB – I download a lot of stuff for testing, most of which never makes it to these pages), dragged and dropped them onto the EraserDrop Icon – and ……

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gone – deleted – securely – never to be seen again. Following an erasure, an “Erasing Report” is provided, as shown below.

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The erasing method can be set by opening the right click context menu and, selecting from a variety of increasingly more complex erasure settings.image

You can choose to wipe both the Recycle Bin, and wipe the HD’s free space, from within the context menu.image

The options menu will allow you – amongst other selections – to choose a “target image” for the Icon that is more to your liking.

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Since this is a portable application –  it will not show up in installed applications –  so, it’s best to install to a new folder that’s easily accessible.

System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Win 7.

Download at: PortableApps

Why should you bother to erase files/folders permanently?

If you’re a typical computer user, you quite likely believe that the files you’ve deleted and sent to the recycle bin, are gone forever.

Not quite true however. When a file is deleted from your Hard Drive, what really gets deleted is the system link pointing towards the file, but not the file itself. Surprisingly, it is relatively easy to retrieve the deleted file using specialized file recovery software (often available as a free download), which takes advantage of shortcomings in the Windows operating systems.

In order to delete or shred files permanently – to protect your privacy and potentially your security – or, for any other reason for that matter, you need a program  that is capable of overwriting the file with a random series of binary data multiple times. That way, the actual content of the file has been overwritten and the possibilities of recovering such a shredded file, becomes mainly theoretical.

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6 responses to “EraserDrop – Drop Files Unto An Icon To Erase Securely

  1. An utility that would wipe empty space on schedule would be far more useful for privacy in my opinion. It is same as with backups: when you are reminded that you need to keep them, it is already too late… 🙂
    Thanks for the app recommendation, Bill.

  2. Fred

    Bill is there any particular advantage this has over say the shredder in CCLEANER or Spybot’s?

    • Hi Fred,

      I can’t answer to Spybot’s – haven’t used that app in years – but, in CCleaner the wipe utility is restricted to wiping just the free space or, the entire disk. There’s no provision for wiping selected files or folders.

      Best,

      Bill

      • Fred

        I gave it a try Bill did the recycle bin nicely has two versions of the 7 passes, very interesting. So then I tried the wipe free space, after a while it said, failed to erase the free space, “requires elevation” I have no idea what that means LOL and it said it 3 errors. So that baffled me but it doesn’t take a lot to do so, ; )

        • Hi Fred,

          Developers should stick to plainspeak. What they mean is – for that particular task, you must be running as an administrator. So, you need to “elevate” your privileges from a “normal user” to an administrator.

          Next time you run this app – select the executable in Windows Explorer; right click on the file, and select “Run as Administrator”.

          Best,

          Bill