Securely Delete Files in Windows with DeleteOnClick

Many PC users believe that when you delete a file and empty your Recycle Bin, you’ve securely deleted any file or folder within it. This just isn’t true. Those files can still be recovered with the right software. In order to securely delete files in Windows, you need to rely on third party program. DeleteOnClick is one of them.

DeleteOnClick gives Windows users the ability to securely delete files or folders not in use. It utilizes the United States Department of Defense 5220.22-M deletion standard which ensures total elimination of what you want to delete.

Using DeleteOnClick to Securely Delete Files

Once you have downloaded and installed DeleteOnClick, restart your PC. Your will be able to find a “Securely Delete” option in your context menu. Anytime you right-click on a file or folder you’re not using, you’ll have access to securely delete the item.

1. Right-click on any file or folder.

Right-click to select Securely Delete Files

As long as the file or folder is available on a drive that you have full access to, you can use DeleteOnClick to eliminate it permanently.

2. Click on “Secure Delete” to begin the process.

3. A confirmation will appear asking if you’re sure you want to delete the file or folder.

confirming-deletion

4. Click “Yes” to do so.

Depending on the size, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes to complete.

Free or Paid?

DeleteOnClick also offers a paid version. If you opt to buy the OnClick Utilities suite, you will also be able to use it to do the following in DeleteOnClick:

  • Rename files and remove dates and file attributes before deletion
  • Quickly wipe free disk space
  • Securely wipe free disk space
  • Securely wipe the contents of the Recycle Bin

Regardless of the version, you can still securely delete files or folders with military grade deletion.

Conclusion

While most people are contented with the Recycle Bin, this app comes in useful when you want to securely delete your files beyond recovery. The ability to securely delete your files directly from the context menu makes it even better. What do you think? Will this app be useful to you?

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4 comments

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