Another Way to Delete Files

Written by Kevin

We’ve talked about how to permanently delete files from your hard drive. How about another program that is just as good and easy to use?

Alright. We’ve talked about how to permanently delete files from your hard drive.  Well, I have another program that does is similar called Eraser.

Essentially these are the same program but you can never have too many of one type of program.  It’s like anti-virus software; each one has a different algorithm and finds different stuff.  So you get all the different kinds.  Eraser can go up to 35 passes and can integrate itself into Windows Explorer for quicker access.  Also, you can schedule times to erase files or folders, for example, your temporary internet files.

Schedule files and/or folders.

And when you right-click on a file, it brings up a menu and one of those choices is Eraser.

Eraser in Windows Kernel

You can click on that and just like that it will put it in the tasks and delete it completely from your computer.

File in Tasks being deleted

This is a pretty sweet program.  I definitely recommend checking it out. Eraser works with Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 can still be used with version 5.7! Download it for free now!

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Kevin is the Founder and Senior Editor of Tech Heavy. When he isn't writing about the latest tech tools he spends his days working in an IT department in Dubuque, IA. @kevincray


  • Thanks for the information. But I just have a question about the deletion of files – if I used the Eraser program, would there still be files left on the computer? I want to sell my computer but obviously I don’t want tech nerds to be able to rescue the files because some of them are private. Will Eraser completely erase the files so that tech nerds/hackers aren’t able to access it?

    • Yep! That’s exactly what the program is for. It does that many passes to make sure everything is deleted 100% from your computer.

  • “Eraser can go up to 35 passes…”

    This is already a very good file eraser with that kind of feature…

    Deleting files can sometimes be tricky because there are times when we taught we have already shredded our digital files for good but actually they are not.

    Thanks for sharing this excellent free program.