Eraser v5.8.8

webfork on 16 May 2015
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Eraser is a feature-rich tool to permanently delete sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it with random patterns. Includes a scheduler, free-space wipe, random number generation for better overwriting, page file wipe at shutdown, password-protected settings, and more. The program includes a wide variety of wiping mechanisms from very fast (only deleting the first and last 2kb) to extraordinarily slow (35-pass). Note that all but the most security-minded users should only need only the 1-pass "pseudo-random" wipe.

Alternatively, Eraser Portable is a PortableApps version.

Note: The 5.x branch is no longer supported. There is a 6.x branch available, but there is no official portable version for this branch and it requires the .NET framework.

System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Eraser.exe.
What's new? Do not erase sparse, compressed or encrypted files when FL2KB erasure is selected to prevent disk corruption.
Fix Win32 Eraser builds to be truly Unicode builds.
A few 64-bit fixes.
Ensure that Eraser uses the latest runtimes packaged with the installer. This should fix hangs when using the Context menu.
Fixed the About dialog after migrating to Unicode
Sign all binaries packaged with the installer
Allow erasing UNC paths
Fixed memory exhaustion when doing a free space erase for FAT drives
Migrate non-Unicode custom erasure methods to the Unicode methods so that old custom erasure methods are preserved upon upgrade

Ensure that Eraser is not running when the Eraser setup is run

16 comments on Eraser  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

smaragdus 2015-09-04 21:20

Eraser 5.8.8 Portable does not integrate to Windows shell on x64 systems (in my case- Windows 8 x64).


webfork 2015-05-16 03:31

Peter: Yeah we've got something in the entry about that.


Peter202 2015-05-15 07:48

webfork: Yes, the 6.x versions.


webfork 2015-05-14 23:46

Peter: you mean the 6.x branch?


Peter202 2015-05-14 17:53

The latest Eraser version doesn't seem to be portable.


webfork 2011-03-13 20:12

Shyssiko: This has been discussed in the forums at length.


JohnTHaller 2011-03-13 18:52

@Shyssiko - 61.5% of PCs connected to the net are running Windows XP. The vast majority of Windows XP machines do not have any version of .NET installed. Nearly all machines you encounter in public (net cafes, hotel business centers, libraries, even schools) are XP machines without .NET installed. .NET is only installed on XP when specifically selected by an administrator. It is not pushed out automatically by Windows update (unless it is already installed and it's a new version). Complete details are here: (I posted updated stats in this comment as the ones in the link are from October)

Once we have our new app directory online, we'll be adding .NET apps but only showing them for users who turn that option on with an appropriate warning about it not being fully portable and only working on XP machines with .NET manually installed on them.


Shyssiko 2011-03-13 17:28

Is there a reason, in 2011 that applications requiring .NET framework are still blacklisted from being portable? The majority of computers have .Net installed and Vista/Windows 7 are prepackaged with .Net, so whats the f'ing deal?? (I'm looking at you John T. Haller).


Billy Bob 2009-12-22 14:23

Shell integration works fine for me under Windows XP 32 bit with all service packs and patches.

I have never had any problems with Eraser, and yes, it deletes the files just fine and over-writes them with 'garbage', depending what over-write method you choose.

mantra 2009-12-07 10:54

DOES the shell integration work under xp sp3 32bit?

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