Permanently delete files


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Eraser is a free and open-source program that erases any data you deleted permanently by overwriting it several times thus it prevents recovery programs from restoring any data or personal information you have previously deleted such as photos, videos, and documents.

The good
Free and open-source.
Ability to schedule tasks.
Supports 13 deletion algorithms.
The bad
The user interface is not intuitive and direct.
Reviewed by
Ammar Kurd
Reviewer rating


The program interface is simple, but despite this, the way to use the program is not as simple and clear as in the case of File Shredder which performs the same task as Eraser, where Eraser depends on the implementation tasks defined from a dedicated window, the user can enter a certain number of tasks and then execute them all or one by one.

Eraser supports 13 deletion algorithms which are more compared to File Shredder.

In general, Eraser is an excellent choice in terms of performance, as well as for being free and open-source. For this reason, it gets a high evaluation on Downzen, although the way to use it may be counter-intuitive at first sight, but after knowing how to use it, which we will discuss in the next paragraph, you will definitely prefer to use it over other alternatives. In case you are looking for a way to erase data from mobile phones we recommend going through this article about How to erase data from Samsung Galaxy phone which contains several useful tips and tricks.

How to use Eraser

As we mentioned previously, the use of the program depends on carrying out tasks entered into a specific window, and below we provide a simple explanation on how to do so.

  1. Initially, a new task entry is chosen by pressing the New Task button or by pressing CTRL+N on the keyboard.

  2. The next step is to choose how to run the task from four different options:

    1. Run manually, run the task by right-clicking on it and choosing Run.
    2. Execute immediately, the task is executed immediately after it is added to the list.
    3. Executed after a restart, the command is executed after the restart.
    4. Recurring, the task is executed repeatedly by a frequency defined by the user.

  3. Here we will choose the manual method, but you can try other methods if you wish. The next step is to add the target file or folder or disk and choose the deletion mechanism by clicking on the Add Data button.

    As it appears in the image, we selected a folder (C:\Users\ammar\Desktop\Private) but first, we chose Files in Folder from the drop-down menu and we also selected the Gutman mechanism (35 passes) as the deletion mechanism finally, we deselected the deletion of the folder after completion by removing the checkmark.

  4. Now we will add the task by clicking on the OK button.

  5. Then the task can be run by selecting it and then pressing CTRL+ALT+R on the keyboard or by right-clicking and selecting Run Now.

  6. The task will take some time depending on the size of the files and the deletion mechanism, and when the task is completed, the word Completed will appear next to it.

Eraser features

  • Free and open-source.
  • Excellent performance.
  • 13 algorithms for deleting data.
  • The ability to add a task that periodically deletes files from a folder.
  • The ability to schedule the time to carry out tasks.
  • The ability to export tasks.
  • The ability to add files or folders in the deletion task.
  • The ability to add more than one task.

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    Windows 10,Windows 8,Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 2003,Windows 7