How to Permanently Erase Files

Did you know that even though you might have deleted files, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re gone forever? When you erase files, sometimes they can still be found in a recently deleted folder, or in some instances, can be fully recovered. 

As a result, it’s important to know how you can erase files completely. So, if you’re wondering how to erase deleted files, you have come to the right place. In this blog, we will explore how you can delete files permanently and how iolo can help with this. 

Let’s get started! 

Securely Erasing Files

If you are looking to securely erase files, there are several methods that you can try. On Windows, when a file is deleted, it is automatically moved into a different folder and remains hidden from the user and operating system unless the user opens this specific folder.  

The majority of Windows users will know this folder as ‘Recycle Bin’. It will usually hold recently deleted files for up to 30 days. This system is designed to help users recover accidentally deleted files. 

There is also an option for users to empty the Recycle Bin, deleting the files that are still stored here. However, it is still possible to recover these files in some cases. 

This is where a permanent file eraser software like iolo’s DriveScrubber comes in. 

iolo’s DriveScrubber

DriveScrubber is the solution for permanently removing files, pictures, and documents from your computer. In particular, it can wipe:

  • Computer drives
  • Flash drives
  • Cameras
  • Memory cards
  • And more…

This means that any files on these drives can be permanently deleted, rendering them unrecoverable. With DriveScrubber, you can restore your drives to a like-new condition, even if they have been damaged by malware. 

DriveScrubber utilizes wiping methods that meet US Department of Defense standards, guaranteeing effective drive cleansing to prevent files from being recovered by third parties. If you are looking to sell, donate, or simply recycle your device, then wiping your drive clean with a software like DriveScrubber is definitely a must.  

Please note that DriveScrubber is only currently available for Windows® 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP (SP3). 

Why Should You Erase Files Permanently?

As previously mentioned, when you erase files permanently, you are reducing the risk of hackers and cybercriminals from recovering and accessing your  personal information. This could include pictures and screenshots, files, and more that could lead to numerous security breaches. 

This is especially important for any sensitive information that you might have saved on your computer. Remember, even if you have deleted the file and emptied out your Recycle Bin, it doesn’t mean that the files are no longer accessible. 

Risks in Not Permanently Erasing Files

Failing or neglecting to erase your files for good leaves you vulnerable to:

  • Data theft
  • Identity theft
  • Leaked sensitive information, including financial information such as credit card numbers, etc.
  • Data misuse/blackmail

When you securely erase deleted files, however, you don’t have to worry about others prying into your files and discovering personal information. Plus, deleting files in general can help your computer operate more efficiently. 

This is made possible with iolo’s System Mechanic® Ultimate Defense™

iolo’s System Mechanic® Ultimate Defense™

System Mechanic® Ultimate Defense™ is an all-in-one solution where you can permanently delete files, optimize computer performance, boost internet speed, and more. It offers a complete package with useful features that are bound to make your user experience a more enjoyable one. 

Particularly, this software contains all of the features of DriveScrubber, meaning that you can take advantage of effective drive cleaning, including permanent file removal. 

On top of this, System Mechanic® Ultimate Defense™ also has the ability to retrieve lost files (that haven’t been permanently deleted) and identify and neutralize any malware threats. 

For the ultimate protection of your computer, you should consider investing in our System Mechanic® Ultimate Defense™. With a 30 day money-back guarantee, rest assured that you’re entitled to a full refund should you be unsatisfied with our product.       

Delete Files with Ease with iolo

iolo offers a number of solutions that can help protect your computer, including the ability to permanently erase files. With DriveScrubber and System Mechanic® Ultimate Defense™, your files can be erased at the click of your mouse. 

No matter if you are wanting to format your storage so you can sell your laptop or computer, or you simply wish to start anew, iolo and our wide range of products can help. Prevent cybercriminals from accessing your files with iolo! 

Get in touch with us today for more information about our products and services. 

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The Whole Home License® is iolo’s licensing policy that allows you to install and keep your software running on all of your compatible devices within the same home. Previously, users were allowed to install and license their iolo software simultaneously on a maximum of three PCs. Under the Whole Home License, a single activation key allows you to use your iolo software on all of your PCs, other than any PCs you use for business purposes. What you need to know about Whole Home Licensing

  • You, your spouse, and your relatives living within the same household may use the same license on any number of PCs that you own which are not used for business.
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To install your iolo product on additional PCs:

  1. On the additional computer, download the latest version of your iolo product. Choose from the list of downloads offered here.
  2. Follow the steps in the installation wizard, and enter the same Activation Key that you used to install on your original computer.

You can view the Activation Key on the original computer from within System Mechanic > red menu bar > key icon > Activation Key.