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03-Jun-2006, 08:15 PM #1
What is the best File shredder?
I am not sure if this is the right spot for this question but I was just wondering what people thought the best file/recycle bin shredder program is? Thanks.
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04-Jun-2006, 07:42 AM #2
Not sure if it's the best shredder but CCleaner has the option to shred files at several security levels when securely deleting them in the recycle bin.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securit...CCleaner.shtml

http://www.softpedia.com/progScreens...shot-8851.html
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04-Jun-2006, 09:08 AM #3
shredder
i also use ccleaner but also cleanup. i thing it does a better job.


http://www.stevengould.org/software/cleanup/
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04-Jun-2006, 09:55 AM #4
If you want DOD quality shredding, you'll probably need to look beyond CCleaner. Perhaps Eraser might do the trick.

Eraser
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DESCRIPTION

Eraser is an advanced security tool, which allows you to
completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by
overwriting it several times with carefully selected
patterns.

You can drag and drop files and folders to the on-demand
eraser, use the convenient Explorer shell extension or use
the integrated scheduler to program overwriting of unused
disk space or, for example, browser cache files to happen
regularly, at night, during your lunch break, at weekends or
whenever you like.

The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter
Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and
Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively
remove the magnetic remnants from the hard disk making it
impossible to recover the data.

Other methods include the one defined in the National
Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US
Department of Defense and overwriting with pseudo-random data
up to one hundred times.
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04-Jun-2006, 10:11 AM #5
Just as a point of clarification, CCleaner provides the options to securely shred with:

* 1 pass

* DOD 5220.22-M (3 Passes)

* NSA (7 passes)
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04-Jun-2006, 10:15 AM #6
I truthfully didn't look at CCleaner, thanks for the correction. However, I didn't think it tied into the recycle bin and automatically erased, does it do that?
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04-Jun-2006, 10:27 AM #7
JohnWill,

I stand to be corrected but it is my understanding that as long as the recycle bin is one of the items chosen for cleaning in CCleaner that items in the recyle bin are shredded at the secure deletion level chosen in CCleaner.
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04-Jun-2006, 02:55 PM #8
Hi...I have used CCleaner, but I can't find how I can get it to also shred files too!
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04-Jun-2006, 03:00 PM #9
Go to Options > Settings > Secure Deletion
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04-Jun-2006, 03:17 PM #10
OK...thanks..I just didn't realize that is was a shredder...
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04-Jun-2006, 03:31 PM #11
Which means, I "think", that the secure deletion is only happening with the files that CCleaner has been allowed to delete. It doesn't affect any in the recycle bin, and it could not be used to securely delete any other files. (such as my top secret Word document, for example).
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05-Jun-2006, 12:57 AM #12
If you have Norton System Works and maybe even other software by them like there AV look on the CD.
I have Norton System Works but on the CD there is "Norton WipeInfo". Plus there are a couple programs to deal with the registry on the CD.
I have Norton System Works 2001 so things may have changed.

But it will wipe your drive to DOD quality shredding and you have many options.
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05-Jun-2006, 12:38 PM #14
AbsoluteShield File Shredder at http://www.sys-shield.com/fileshredder.htm is a good one.
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05-Jun-2006, 01:05 PM #15
Go for Eraser, does a great job, also takes care of file names,
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