[Windows] Securely delete files from your computer with DeleteOnClick

DeleteOnClickThere are some things on your computer that, once you delete them, you want them to stay gone for good. Well, as I am sure most of you already know, deleting something from your recycle bin does not really mean it is gone. You have to wipe it completely from your disk. A good file deletion tool makes sure that it removes all traces of said file, and that is just what DeleteOnClick is supposed to do.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

DeleteOnClick is a file deletion tool that helps you delete files to make sure that they never come back and can’t be recovered. In other words, it helps you securely delete files. To help achieve this objective, DeleteOnClick uses the US DOD 5220.22-M secure file deletion standard.

Pros

  • Deletes files from your computer so they can’t be recovered
  • Integrates with your right-click menu
  • Extremely simple to use
  • Confirmation warning allows you to change your mind before deleting a file and also prevents accidental deletions
  • Progress of deletion is shown (helpful for big files)
  • Can securely wipe free space on your partition/drive

Cons

  • Because it is integrated with your right-click menu, you have to restart your computer for the installation to complete
  • There is a paid version, which means that the freeware version doesn’t come with all of the features
  • If you go to uninstall the program, it requires another reboot
  • Cannot pick any deletion method other than US DOD 5220.22-M

Discussion

DeleteOnClick SetupThere isn’t a lot to DeleteOnClick, but I like that about this program. It has a simple goal of deleting things from your computer, and it doesn’t try to do a whole big show and production about it. After the program is installed, you can delete anything you want by simply right clicking on it and choosing to permanently delete it. The program is as simple as that to use.

Besides seeing the program in your right-click menu, you will hardly even know that the program is installed on your computer, which is good. On the negative side, there are really no options for settings. However, this should not be too much of a problem, because the program warns you before deleting anything. You shouldn’t run into a problem where you are deleting things by accident and need to change your settings.

After a few tests, I can confirm that the program does a great job at deleting things from your computer. Even after trying to recover deleted information with a deleted file restore, I was not able to get the files back. So be sure you use this program with care. Once you delete something, it is gone.

According to the website, the program  uses the US DOD 5220.22-M secure file deletion standard. There are more secure deletion standards out there (e.g. Gutmann) but US DOD 5220.22-M is considered to be a secure deletion standard that properly balances secure deletion with number of time it takes to delete.

When you go to the site to download, keep in mind that there is a freeware version and a paid one. The paid version, of course, comes with extra features. Most notably, it comes with more software. When you visit the download link below, look for the freeware link on the right-hand side, otherwise you will download a trial version.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

DeleteOnClick is not my favorite secure deletion tool, but it is definitely one of the easiest I have used. If you are in the market for a program that allows you to securely delete your files and wipe free space, DeleteOnClick is a viable option.

Price: Free (Paid version available)

Version reviewed: 2.2.32.109

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Download size: 2.91MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46

Is it portable? No

DeleteOnClick homepage (Be sure to click the link on the right-hand side that says ‘Freeware Version’)

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  1. PixelWizard

    FOLLOW-UP:
    It installed normally (on a Vista 32-bit system).

    1. After a reboot, there was no context menu entry for it when I right-clicked a .pdf file on the desktop.

    2. The context menu entry was there and worked for an on desktop folder.

    I continued to check for that context menu entry and saw it wasn’t there for any .pdf, but was there for the one .doc file I checked.

    At this point I decided the software was not up to par and uninstalled it. The uninstall was difficult – it stalled, waiting for approval via popups for various .dll files.

    Messy: a sign of low quality, IMO. Sorry, I wish it were better.

  2. PixelWizard

    Looks good for my needs – thanks.

    The one I have now (File Shredder) is context menu activated but requires that I slide off the menu entry and make a choice. Annoying. I’ve been looking for more simplicity such as is promised here. Will be trying out DeleteOnClick.