Is there another way to delete things other than Recycle Bin?

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  1. PropaneProphet

    PropaneProphet Well-Known Member

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    Someone said CCleaner, something about it being more efficient in space?
     
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    Shift + delete means it never goes to the recycle bin.
    It's gone forever.
     
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    every week i take my trash outside and burn it in my neighbours front yard.
     
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    We get a ticket if we don't recycle here. A lot of fun having to go through my trash to make sure the kids don't put the wrong stuff in there.

    Chuck
     
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    I just shift + delete.

    And be very careful about what I delete.
     
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    Yeah, shift-delete is the easiest way for sure.
     
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    Got something you don't want someone finding?
     
  8. PropaneProphet

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    Some.
     
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    If you want something to be really deleted and never be found again, try something like this: File Shredder

    Just deleting a file or formating a drive does not save the files from being restored by someone else. Except you use something like the tool mentioned above, which overwrites the actual data many times instead of just deleting it.
     
  10. gil

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    Is there a difference between Shift+Delete and putting it in the recycle bin and emptying it?
     
  11. PropaneProphet

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    Wondering this too.
     
  12. Joe Moore

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    Nope.

    Deleting actually doesn't remove it from the computer. It can actually be recovered very easily for months (in some cases years) after deletion.

    File shredder is a good option as that will overwrite the file up to 20 times, making it unrecoverable.
     
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    Hrm, if I were to delete photos/music/''videos''/programs that I got, and scanned them with Microsoft SE, Malwarebytes, and SPYBOT and nothing shows up wrong, is it okay to delete?
     
  14. Joe Moore

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    Sure you can delete them. That's totally your preference. But just be warned, if you're truly trying to rid the computer of some kind of evidence or incriminating files of some sort (not saying you are) and you fear someone digging deep into your hard drive, then simply deleting is no better than leaving them on your desktop.
     
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    Just getting rid of some DP and interracial (you can guess what it is), in addition to photos of my tattoos (that my family doesn't know about yet). Thanks though, just worried about getting viruses after deletion.


    Also if it's never gone, does that mean the space that the deleted items took won't be returned?
     
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    It will show as "free", but until those actual sectors are over written, the data is still recover-able.

    Think of it like taking an old piece of paper to re-use as scrap paper. Until you write over the top, you can still read the old info, even though it's "trashed".
     
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    Interesting, so if I delete something and Microsoft SE/Spybot/AntiMalwarebytes finds nothing wrong, but something happens I can still fix it by recovering the file?
     
  18. toma

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    Shift-delete is probably good enough then, unless you think someone is going to go on your computer and specifically use undelete software to try and recover embarrassing photos. Normal people won't see any of it under normal use.
     
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    Should I get rid of File Shredder then?
    and is it still possible to have a virus or something if Microsoft SE/Spybot/AntiMalwarebytes finds nothing wrong, and they are up to date?
     
  20. toma

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    It won't hurt anything to have it on there I suppose. Is your system acting like it has a virus? If not you're probably fine.
     

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