Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.
Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others. That includes passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list can be continued forever.
Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach. But when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated. Maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first.
Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk. It only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it. And even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.
Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility. There are several problems in secure file removal, mostly caused by the use of write cache, construction of the hard disk and the use of data encoding. These problems have been taken into consideration when Eraser was designed. Because of this intuitive design and a simple user interface, you can safely and easily erase private data from your hard drive.
Changes in Eraser 22.214.171.12483:
- Now recognises exFAT drives
Changes in Eraser 126.96.36.19979:
- Changes to installer – adding MFC Runtimes
Changes in Eraser 188.8.131.5220:
- Updated Italian translation.
- Updated LZMA SDK for Bootstrapper to use the beta 9.22 SDK which is the only one available from 7-zip.
- Improved Recycle Bin support for non-NTFS drives on Windows.
- Fixed Scheduler display bug where tasks added using the Shell Context Menu could appear in the schedule as Not Queued even if it was configured to run automatically, if a task was already running.
- Fixed dereferencing of non-volume reparse points. Erasing files in earlier versions when a reparse point was in a path could cause Eraser to refuse erasing the file.
- Disable all entropy mixing algorithms except SHA-1 so that Eraser can continue to function even when FIPS mode is enabled under Windows XP.
- Bug fix for CryptoAPI crash on startup under certain circumstances.
- Fixed persistence of non-default erasure methods for erasure targets.
- Allow users to exit from an invalid custom erasure method editor state if he clicks cancel or closes the dialog.
Homepage – https://eraser.heidi.ie
Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Server 2012.