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[Windows] Permanently erase your past computer activity with PrivaZer

Posted By Justin On January 7, 2013 @ 12:50 AM In Windows | 14 Comments

PrivaZer [1]I am the only person that uses my computer, but that does not mean that I don’t worry about security. If you are like me, there may be times that you want to permanently erase your history or past activities from your computer. That is what PrivaZer is here to do. Regardless if the information is on your computer or on a USB device, PrivaZer can prevent others from ever retrieving it.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

PrivaZer is a free program that allows you to erase all unwanted information from your past activity on your computer. Not only that, but it can even erase information from devices other than your internal hard drive, like USB sticks and external hard drives. This will prevent others from ever being able to get their hands on information that you don’t want them to get. It can also help keep your computer running secure.

The following is the type of information PrivaZer erases:

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Pros

  • Erase past activity from your computer, including videos you’ve watched, sites you have visited, things you have streamed, and much more
  • Securely erases data using a variety of secure erasing algorithms (ranging from 1 pass to 35-pass Gutmann), so it keeps data from ever being recovered
  • Comes with other standard disk cleaning programs, like a disk defragmenter
  • Supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari

Cons

  • Most of the additional features it comes with (like the defragmenter) are not great and really not needed

Discussion

PrivaZer Screenshot [3]PrivaZer is a program that can do a lot, but you are more than likely only going to use this program for one thing. That is to remove unwanted information from your computer. Of course, it won’t just delete this information, but erase it so it can’t be recovered.

One thing that I like about this program is its ability to, not only delete information from your computer, but from external sources as well. So if you have information on a USB device or an external hard drive that you don’t want people to recover, you can use this program to delete it. After all, there is no reason for people to ever have to know what you have watched, done or searched for on the internet if you don’t want them to.

It is also worth pointing out that the program can help free up a lot of room on your computer. Of course, the amount of room that it can clear up is going to be released to a lot of different things. For example, how large you have your browser’s cache set to.

Now, the program does come with some other features that you can use. Most of these are other disc cleaning programs and a disc defragmenter. It is nice that they included these things, but most of them are simply not needed. Not only do they not work all that great, but you more than likely already have a program that can do this for you. So why do you need another program that can?

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

If you are looking to get rid of information you don’t want people to see, like your browsing history, then go ahead and give PrivaZer a try. Otherwise, I think this program is not worth your time. Not only that, I feel there are better privacy erasers out there — such as CCleaner [4]. In the end, I feel PrivaZer comes up just short of being a good program; not bad but not that great either.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.6

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Download size: 4.45MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 [5]

Is it portable? No

PrivaZer homepage [6]


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[4] CCleaner: http://dottech.org/tag/ccleaner

[5] 0/46: https://www.virustotal.com/file/16cb8d9e753886569d399be92f82e9e18fc3eb2b097cbe9f1fd768a179ab3323/analysis/

[6] PrivaZer homepage: http://privazer.com/

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