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How to shred/erase files for free

Free File Shredder is used to shred your unwanted important files permanently to avoid data leak. It can quickly shred files by overwriting random bits, 15 times using advanced algorithms, making recovery literally impossible.


It supports Windows 8, Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista and all earlier versions. Users may follow the quick guide as shown below to shred your files for free.


Step 1. Add New Folders/Files

Download and install Free File Shredder. Add a new folder or file by clicking "Add" button or dragging it directly from your hard drive or USB drives for shredding.

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Before adding a new folder or file, you may clear any previous activity list. You also can remove any item from the list as per requirement, using the Remove << buttons.

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Step 2. Shred Files Permanently

Free File Shredder supports three methods of shredding files permanently.

Method 1. Click “Start” button on the main window to shred your files permanently. It will only take a few seconds.

Method 2. You also can create a unique Recycle Bin-like icon on your desktop and easily shred your files by just dragging them over the icon.


Method 3. Another simple method is to right click the folder or file and select the Shred File(s) option.


When shredding files, you can easily halt the shredding process at any point by clicking the Stop button on the Progress windows.

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Advanced Settings


Free File Shredder supports multiple algorithms for secure file deletion. You can easily switch between these options if you are an advanced user otherwise we would recommend not to play with file deletion techniques. The context menu can be modified using General settings, while the automatic update schedule as well as manual update features can be configured using the Update tab in the Settings window.

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