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Is there a way to permanent erase a deleted file?

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May 26, 2010 3:36:57 AM

I wanted to permanently erase a file using some freewares but accidentally dumped them into the recycle bin instead which has already been emptied. Is there a way to seek out those files that are still recoverable and securely destroy them?

Thanks.
May 27, 2010 7:23:39 PM

k80sg said:
I wanted to permanently erase a file using some freewares but accidentally dumped them into the recycle bin instead which has already been emptied. Is there a way to seek out those files that are still recoverable and securely destroy them?

Thanks.


Yes, use an application called system mechanic. You must pay for it, but it obliterates erased files. I would not generally recommend freeware.
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May 28, 2010 7:35:33 AM

soundguruman said:
Yes, use an application called system mechanic. You must pay for it, but it obliterates erased files. I would not generally recommend freeware.


[#0005ff]Freeware is valuable in some cases and one such is Spybot. It's still a good malware resident and scanner and among its tools in Advanced Mode is File Shredder which offers up to 35 passes to kill a file beyond use.

You can find it at http://www.security.kolla.de and make a donation if you wish but it is free to download.
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