Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
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.
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, and because of this intuitive design and a simple user interface, you can safely and easily erase private data from your hard drive.
* Progress dialog improvements
* Deal with cluster tip erasure failures more robustly
* subfolders of the target if they are empty after the erase regardless of whether the folder should be deleted when empty
* Fixed the crash which appears after Erase has been running for a while
* Create a Hide button for the progress dialog
* Relabelled tab order for the progress dialog
* Friendlier error message used when access is denied erasing a file cluster tip.
* Moved the task list to a file in the Local Application Data folder (%LOCALAPPDATA%\Eraser 6)
* Allow users to filter log messages by severity
* Fixed crash when "unformatted" drives are installed on the computer.
* Clean up files meant for cleaning up the MFT after we are done with it.
* Log viewer performance optimisations
* Fixed a crash when right-clicking a drive in the Computer folder.
* Fixed restart-run tasks.
* Made the forced closure of file handles optional
* Added first draft of the Eraser documentation
* Allow eraser to be called from the Run dialog
* Fixed crash when erasing FAT file systems.
* Certain file names which could not be erased from the context menu previously can now be erased.
* Allow computers without network adapters to run Eraser
* Disk performance counters can now be used as an entropy source
* Cleaner NTFS MFT erasure.
* Implemented FAT cleaning
* Implemented delete key in the Scheduler.
* Updated the Visual C++ runtime to the latest one (2008SP1 with ATL security fix)
* Installer bootstrapper improvements
* Do not stop running a task if one target does not exist.
* NTFS MFT Cleaning improvements.
* Allow many files to be dragged into the Eraser Window.
* Erase MFT resident files before expanding the file to clear the cluster.
* When selecting too many files to erase from the Eraser context menu in Windows Explorer display a helpful error message instead of failing without any reason.
* Fixed Eraser being unable to exit when started at logon.
* Allow an elevated instance of Eraser to be controlled remotely by the same user.
* Fixed crash when deleting multiple tasks
* Added Italian localisation support
* Compile Warning fixes
* Don't check the SFC filelist if the given path name is longer than 255 characters
* Implemented Italian localisation
* Fixed build process for developers without code signing certificates
* Rearranged the Italian settings panel to fit longer strings
* More Italian localisation work
* Display the language name in the .NET framework language for all Eraser translations for uniformity
* Display untranslated strings in debug builds as "untranslated" but use the English string in release builds
* Fixed updater crash
* More Italian localisation work; added support for Shell Extension translations
* Implemented Shell Extension translation switching (controlled from the Eraser Settings page)