Eraser 5.3

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  1. ljc1174

    ljc1174 Registered Member

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    I'm thinking about using this program to wipe out my Internet Explorer issues if that is possible. I have a friend using the program right now, but he is completely wiping out all files on his pc. He has issues that I don't want to get into!

    I was wondering if anyone had an opinions about this program?

    Thanx in advance,
    Lori
     
  2. eyespy

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    Hi Lori !
    To the best of my knowledge, this program (Eraser) is one of the best or is the best at what it does !
    I don't think it will erase .dat files that are related to Internet Explorer.
    For that I use Window Washer.
    You could also use Internet Sweeper, which is available at the "free tools" page.
    Another type of file wipe utility is Clean Disk Security !
    This will wipe those dreaded .dat files in Internet Explorer as well as any other file in your OS !

    hope this helps !
    bill :)
     
  3. puff-m-d

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    Hello all,

    I love the program and also think that it is one of the best out there. The most recent version is 5.5.2.0 and is available at http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/default.htm.

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  4. notageek

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    Eraser is a great program. It does a great job for being freeware. ;)
     
  5. luv2bsecure

    luv2bsecure Infrequent Poster

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    Agreed 100% !!!

    Most people think of using ERASER to just wipe a file when you need to, or wipe freespace with the right click context menu. But, the ON-DEMAND tool in ERASER is little-known and rarely used. Yet, it can be a VERY powerful Internet Privacy Cleaner - rivaling Window Washer and all the rest. The catch is you have to configure each file/folder/etc. yourself; which when you think about it, is the best way for custom cleaning your computer. You can also use the Gutmann protocol for Internet Tracks cleaning. I know some who have it set to just erase the temp. Internet files, User.dat (after reboot), and the basic windows files to clean - use Gutmann - and run it with just a click on the desktop.

    I don't have an ERASER configuration saved, (I LOVE my Tracks Eraser PRO http://www.acesoft.net/features.htm ), so I just made one up with a very few files and folders to give you an idea. The nice thing about ERASER is it is free - and it is quality.

    It ends up looking like this:

    http://members.cox.net/pcprivacy/images/eraser2b.jpg

    You just right click/add and you get this box:

    http://members.cox.net/pcprivacy/images/eraser3.jpg

    You then just select folder or file or whatever and browse to, let's say Temporary Internet Files, select it, click OK...

    http://members.cox.net/pcprivacy/images/eraser4.jpg

    Bingo! - it's on your ON-Demand configuration. Which, of course, you can make as many as you want. I always had one for Internet cleanup and just named it "cleanup"......

    Just thought I would mention the On-Demand Utility and show you with a screenshot or two just how easy it is.
    I LOVE ERASER!
    Again, all free!

    Have a good one!

    John
    Luv2BSecure
     
  6. notageek

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    Luv2bsecure- good job on telling people about Erasers On-Demand feature. That is a handy little tool. :D Maybe someone should start a post of what people that use Eraser put on their On- Demand. It will help people that look at this boards (guests) and that are afraid to post a question about how to configure the On- Demand part of Eraser.
     
  7. eyespy

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    John,
    does a batch file have to be created to wipe .dat files ?
    Like Internet Sweeper and such, the .dat file wiper will run before boot-up !
    I didn't know that Eraser did this !! o_O
    Please confirm !!
    Thanks,
    Bill ;)
     
  8. ljc1174

    ljc1174 Registered Member

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    WoW

    Thanks, I think I'll be d'ling this!

    :D
     
  9. controler

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    Since Eraser deletes the files on bootup, it is a good idea for those Windows ME users to disable restore. Although, if something goes wrong for whatever reason, restore might not help. You know what I mean.
    I noticed the new version doesn't include the DOS Eraser.

    "Eraser, running on Windows, cannot access the swap file. The only way to overwrite the swap file contents (while keeping the virtual memory enabled in Windows) is to shutdown Windows, boot to DOS and use a DOS wipe utility, such as EraserD included with Eraser 5.0, to clear the file."
     
  10. notageek

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    I'm pretty sure you can use Eraser in DOS mode.
     
  11. SuperNode

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    Hello.

    Eraser worked fine when I was using Windows Me. When I upgraded to Windows XP Home, all hell broke loose. Every time I right-clicked a file when using Windows Explorer, the system would crash. I tried to uninstall Eraser but was not successful.

    I had to reinstall Windows XP, and then most of my programs.

    As I recall, a new version came out. I installed Eraser again, and right away, again, my right-click was disabled, and the system would crash. Once again I spent a couple of days reinstalling Windows XP, and most of my programs.

    I learned my lesson. It's too bad, because I really liked the program, but in my case, there was something about the program that was not compatible with Windows XP.

    Has anyone else had the same experience?
     
  12. luv2bsecure

    luv2bsecure Infrequent Poster

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    This is just a disclaimer from stupid me........

    Make sure you don't add Win.ini to your erasing configuration. When I posted the screenshots, I just threw some files on to show you how it works. I loooked at it and realized I put win.ini on the list. That's your personal configurations for a lot of things in Windows - don't erase that one!

    Someone suggesting posting a list of all the things to erase, sort of a "basic template" of what you would want to cleanup. I think this is a great idea and I would do it, but just don't have time right now. If someone wants to take that on - go for it - and we can all chip in with some files we think are important to erase.

    This is an aside, but something terribly important....has anyone ever noticed if you do a freespace wipe with ERASER and then check with a file recovery tool, nothing, I mean nothing is left - it's just empty. That's using the Gutmann protocol. Remember after a wipe to always do a quick defrag - all directory entries are then gone.

    John
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  13. notageek

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    I'll try to start one in a little bit if time lets me.
     
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