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How to Shred Files?

The things you'll need:

  • Files, folders & recycle bin you want to completely clean up.
  • File shredder software.

Do you know the truth that information you erase by formatting your hard drive, or by using your computer's "delete" key is still easily recoverable? Never mind, unless you have PCTuneUp Free File Shredder, which is an advanced security tool for Windows that allows you to completely remove multiple files/folders saved in different locations of computer system by overwriting them several times with US Dod 5220.22-M erasure method. With this program, files deleted cannot be recovered by any third party software, even by special hardware devices.

Step 1. Download and Run Free File Shredder

Click here to download PCTuneUp Free File Shredder and install it. Double-click the icon to launch the program.

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Step 2. Choose File Option

Choose "File" from options of 3 kinds of objects to delete: File, Folder & Recycle Bin for example.

Choose File Option

Step 3. Select Files to Erase

Click "Next" to go to the second step. Click "Add..." to choose one or more files you need to erase. Click "Open" and the selected files will be displayed in the "Files" pane. Click "Remove" or "Clear" to remove one or all selected files from the pane.

Select Files to Erase

Step 4. Choose Erasing Method

There are 3 ways to delete the file.

Quick delete - Overwrites the files with pseudorandom data

Secure delete in accordance with DoD 5220.22-M - Deletes files in compliance with US Department of Defense regulation DoD 5220.22-M

Secure delete, Gutmann method - Deletes files using the method developed by Peter Gutmann. This method is considered extremely secure, but is comparatively slow.

Tip: choose the shredding method according to your needs. "Quick delete" works for most data and saves much time.

Choose one of the methods to delete the file.

To customize the number of deletion times, you can click the button to increase/decrease the number. You can also directly enter a figure to specify the number of repeats (the bigger the number, the smaller the chance of recovery). Click "Next" to start erasing.

Choose Erasing Method & Shred Files

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