Did you know that deleting files and emptying the recycle bin are not enough to erase traces of the files from a computer? With a proper data recovery tool, some can easily retrieve the deleted data. There are also instances where you may not be able to delete some files and folders due to Windows restrictions. However, you can delete such stubborn files and remove their traces using Alternate File Shredder.
When you delete data from your computer, the operating system simply makes it possible to write other data on the same places holding the deleted data. If nothing has been written on the places, the deleted data can still be retrieved. Alternate File Shredder solves this problem by overwriting these places with random data to render the files useless even if someone tries to recover the data.
There are buttons for adding either individual files or entire folders and check boxes for choosing to shred filenames, confirm delete, write random data, ignore write protection and change file sizes either randomly or to zero.
You can even enhance your security by choosing the number of iterations, which refers to the number of times the program overwrites data. Please note that choosing a higher number is safer, but it can significantly slow down the process depending on the size of shredded data. Ignoring write-protection means you can shred files even if they are write-protected.
You can also use the free file shredder to shred free space. Remember free simply means you can write data, but the space may hide previously deleted data.
Alternate File Shredder´s graphical user interface is simple and self-explanatory.