How to Permanently Erase Sensitive Files in Windows

Technically speaking when you hit the ‘Delete’ button attempting to remove any files from your computer, these files are not really removed from your hard disk. What the delete action does is un-link the file so it is not visible nor accessible. These deleted files have a high chance to be recovered with hard disk recovery softwares. So if you want some files to be really removed from your hard disk, you need something more than just deleting them.

Erasing, in the other hand means wiping its entire data beyond recovery. When you want to get rid of sensitive files or folders permanently, try this user friendly software – Eraser. It’s free so you don’t have to pay a penny

Erase Sensitive Files Permanently with Eraser

Eraser is a secure data removal tool that allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns (Gutman, USDoD and others).


What Eraser erases:

  • Files and Folders
  • Files/Folders that were only previously ‘deleted’
  • Index.dat on Reboot
  • Contents of the Recycle Bin
  • Windows Temporary Files
  • Internet Cookies and Cache
  • Encrypted Files and Drives
  • Free space on 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS
  • Paging (swap) file

You can simply drag and drop files and/or folders onto the on-demand eraser and use the convenient Windows Explorer right-click extension or use the built-in scheduler for automated wiping of unused disk space or browser cache files.

*Be careful when execute this program because the erased file will be gone forever.

Download Eraser (8.53MB)