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Blank And Secure v7.33 Updated

Ennovy on 11 Nov 2022
  • 135KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Nov 2022
  • Suggested by guinness

Blank And Secure is a basic tool for permanently deleting files from your hard drive by overwriting them. The program includes drag-and-drop capability, multiple overwrites for greater security and a free space wipe feature to help prevent recovery of files already deleted.

Category:
Runs on:Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a blank text file and name it BlankAndSecure.ini
  3. Launch one of the following (based on Operating System):
    • ANSI version (Win9x/ME): BlankAndSecure_Win98.exe
    • Unicode version (WinNT or above, 32-bit): BlankAndSecure.exe
    • 64-bit: BlankAndSecure_x64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: WipeFile
What's new? See: https://softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/BlankAndSecure/History
Latest comments
hamasaki on 2013-09-15 09:07

I agree, for me CyberShredder is a better option.

Beeber on 2015-06-05 18:43

I use shredder.exe. It is less than 150kb and fast. As I work, I can move files to be deleted into a 'new folder', planted anywhere. When I am done, shredder.exe takes the 'new folder', and seconds later, it is gone. Loading individual files works fine, too.

LonerD on 2018-12-10 08:45

Unicode support- partially. Author doesn't want implement fully support. Some months ago I reported about bug - program can't work with Unicode file names from command line. No answer, no fix...

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BleachBit v4.4.2 Updated

freakazoid on 13 Oct 2022
  • 17MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Nov 2021
  • Suggested by guinness

BleachBit quickly frees disk space, removes hidden junk and safeguards your privacy. You can erase cache, Internet history, cookies (including the much-maligned "evercookie"), DOM storage, unused localizations and temporary files of 70 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Adobe Reader, APT and more. Additional applications can be added with the community authored winapp2.ini cleaner list in the Preferences - General tab (requires restart).

Includes wipe function to protect privacy, support for many languages, and available for Linux and Mac OS X.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch bleachbit.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CCleaner
What's new? See:
https://www.bleachbit.org/news
Latest comments
1C3M4N on 2016-01-01 18:16

@I am Baas
The link didn't work some hours ago, that's why I asked.

Checker on 2016-01-01 18:25

@1C3M4N: Link seems to work fine now ;)

zorro on 2020-03-15 15:13

BleachBit seems to leave traces in the last version (3.2) - after first run I found the folder ".dbus-keyrings" in the root of C:\USERS\user\
Would be interesting to put this folder to the user defined cleaners - Bleachbit then would clean up itsself...

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WipeFile v3.6

billon on 13 Dec 2020
  • 484KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Dec 2020
  • Suggested by AlephX

WipeFile is a secure file and folder deletion utility, overwriting data to prevent later recovery. Although most users will only require a standard 1-pass wipe, the program supports 14 different wipe methods, including high-security military standards. Higher security settings involve overwriting the data multiple times, which is dramatically slower.

For full drive wiping, the developer makes available an also portable WipeDisk program.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application Folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the 7z package and extract (using a program like PeaExtractor) to a folder of your choice. Launch WipeFile.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
Similar/alternative apps: Blank and Secure, WipeDisk
What's new? See German changelog here.
Latest comments
mik.y on 2014-02-17 09:30

Yeah, unicode support must be one of the first features in such a app:/

PAFuser on 2020-06-28 11:43

Shows up as 64bit in TaskMgr and Task Manager Deluxe on Windows10 64bit

Midas on 2020-06-30 07:42

@PAFuser: DotNET apps tend to reflect the underlying OS bitness, unless instructed otherwise.

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OW Shredder v6.45

billon on 12 Feb 2019
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jun 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

OW Shredder erases files irretrievable by overwriting the affected file data blocks on the disk space, which prevents the reconstruction of the deleted documents. The program can wipe individual files, free disk storage, as well as entire disks or volumes.

The program includes basic disk usage analyzer, file unlocker, autostart manager and more.

Various erasing methods are available, with more iterations (wipes) taking longer to execute and potentially more secure.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0+
Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch OW Shredder.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Blank and Secure
What's new?
  • Software web parts updated to schiffer.tech.
Latest comments
MIKLO on 2016-12-19 15:32

I really like the look of this software, now for testing. Thanks for your hard work and allowing us to use it for free.
MIKLO

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Quick Erase v0.6.4.649

webfork on 23 Feb 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Sep 2015
  • Suggested by smaragdus

Quick Erase is a simple drag-and-drop file shredder, helping to prevent file recovery by renaming, overwriting, and resetting file date. The program offers 12 different deletion methods that vary from fast 1 pass approaches (zero-out or British HMG IS5), up to very slow 23-pass mechanisms (Rizonesoft's own South African RSDP-23).

Notes

  • Only the most security-conscious users will require anything but 1-pass shredding
  • Program discontinued (linking to Softpedia and Archive.org)

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch QuickErase.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CyberShredder
What's new?
  • New Icons and Graphics.
  • PAYNE-3163H no called South African RSDP-23 Method.

WipeDisk v1.3

webfork on 14 Sep 2017
  • 842KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Apr 2014
  • Suggested by Gaijin

WipeDisk is a tool for secure wiping of hard disks (both logical and physical), USB memory sticks and floppy disks to prevent file recovery. By default, the program will wipe a disk and all it's content, but the program includes a "Free Space" wipe, which includes deleted but recoverable files.

Although the "Low 1x" setting should be sufficient for most security needs, it supports 14 wiping methods for very high security, including US Navy, Airforce, DoD and NATO standards. Higher settings are slower.

The developer also makes a program for individual files WipeFile.

Note: No longer listed on the author's website -- linking to Softpedia.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the RAR package and extract using a program like PeaExtractor to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch WipeDisk.exe
  3. If the program doesn't default to English, select Extras from the menu and choose Sprache / Language - English

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
Similar/alternative apps: WipeFile
What's new? See German change-log here.
Latest comments
Dave on 2010-11-16 20:57

Can it be run from a bootable USB Flash Drive

Mixture on 2017-08-28 16:02

The software is no longer available at its website. I had to go to Download.com to acquire Wipedisk.

webfork on 2017-09-05 02:28

@Mixture: Yes, that's why we're linking to Softpedia.

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DPWipe v1.1

webfork on 16 May 2016
  • 387KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by AlephX

DPWipe is a tiny drag-and-drop secure wipe program for files and folders. It supports normal delete (not secure), single overwrite, DoD wipe (US Department of Defense 5220.22-compliant wiping), and Gutmann's method (35-pass).

Note: Multiple wipe actions are progressively slower. All but the most security-minded users should only need single overwrite.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download dpwipe_new.zip, unzip, extract the installer to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete $PLUGINSDIR
  3. Launch DPWIPER.exe
What's new?
  • More secure wipe added.
  • Some improvements.
  • Optional progress bar.
Latest comments
morg on 2009-02-24 15:16

"did you" even :)

Midas on 2013-11-14 10:22

DPWipe screenshot is outdated... (http://www.paehl.de/pro/DPWIPER.jpg)

Wolfghost on 2013-11-14 13:39

@Midas
Updated :)

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Mareew Free Eraser v1.1.3

webfork on 11 Jan 2020
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Mar 2008
  • Suggested by Wolfghost

Mareew Free Eraser wipes the content of the files and metadata, making private data and sensitive information completely unrecoverable.

File systems supported: NTFS 4 and 5, FAT16, FAT32, and VFAT file systems.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware. Site claims to be GPL'd but source is not present.
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Move the files located in $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch Mareew Free Eraser.exe

Square Privacy Cleaner v1.2.1.0

webfork on 15 Nov 2016
  • 342KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Apr 2011
  • Suggested by guinness

Square Privacy Cleaner is a fast, powerful, and easy to use privacy protection tool, able to remove all the unwanted history data on your computer.

NOTE: Program has gone commercial but the last available freeware version is still linked.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SPCleaner.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: BleachBit
What's new?
  • Added support for cleaning of more Mozilla Firefox traces
  • Added support for cleaning traces of Azureus, TeamViewer, Pidgin, XChat, Google Toolbar
  • Optimized cleaning of traces of Microsoft Office Suite, RealPlayer, FlashPlayer and Java
  • Optimized cleaning of traces of Recent Files for Windows 7 OS
  • Added support for cleaning traces of Feeds Cache, WER and Cryptnet Url Cache
  • Added support for cleaning traces of Silverlight Cache
  • Added support for cleaning traces of Lunascape, Pale Moon, QtWeb, Comodo Dragon, ChromePlus
  • Added "Beep when cleaning of traces has finished" in Settings
  • Added "Beep when scanning for traces has finished" in Settings
  • Added "Scan for Thumbs.db files (slow)" in Settings
  • Added support for cleaning traves of Internet Explorer DOM Store, IETldCache, Google Earth Cache
  • Added bold font in "Analyze" btn
  • Added new mainmenu "Empty" -> DNS Cache
  • Added new mainmenu "Empty" -> Clipboard Cache
  • Added new mainmenu "Empty" -> Recycle Bin
  • Minor optimizations
Latest comments
Jimmy Neutron on 2010-10-31 14:24

If you close this program using the usual Windows red "X" in the top right corner, it will leave SPCleaner.exe running in Task Manager (and an inactive icon in system tray). Instead, you MUST pull down the file menu and choose exit to actually shut this program down. That's pretty rude going against Windows conventions.

joe on 2011-01-08 12:16

This app deleted everything an a mounted TrueCrypt volume.

Mike.S.G. on 2011-04-04 13:13

@Gary, Jimmy Neutron & joe

I hope you reported these issues to the dev? It can't be fixed that which is unknown :)

... http://www.novirusthanks.org/contacts/
... http://www.novirusthanks.org/support/

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CleanAfterMe v1.37

Checker on 21 Mar 2014
  • 60KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by spaztastic

CleanAfterMe allows you to easily clean files and registry entries automatically created by Windows during regular computer activity. You can clean the cookies/history/cache/passwords of Internet Explorer, the 'Recent' folder, the last opened files, temporary Windows folders, the event logs, the Recycle Bin etc.

The program includes an optional basic wipe of deleted files for extra security.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CleanAfterMe.exe.
What's new?
  • Removed the option to delete .eml cache files of Windows Live Mail. This option was good for HotMail and IMAP accounts, but for POP3 accounts, it might delete real email messages.
Latest comments
NirSoft fan on 2008-12-14 05:25

From the app's version history:
Version 1.21 - Fixed bug: In some computers, when cleaning USB devices, the USB mouse/keyboard devices were also removed, and the user had to unplug and plug them again.

Indie on 2008-12-14 06:38

Thanks all.

After starting the system later during the day, it got logged in without asking for any password. Does it mean that the prog has got a copy of the pwd when enables an automatic log in considering the fact that some startup entries were removed and a new desktop startup entry was added (as per Spybot)?

webfork on 2010-10-05 18:31

I ran 3 other major cleaner programs here on the site (Bleechbit, CCleaner, and PureRA) and this program still found more to delete. If you're using an public computer, this seems to be THE program to run before you leave.

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