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Do you ever worry that files stored on your computer could fall into the wrong hands? Even if you delete a file, its imprint may still be on your hard drive – and it can probably be restored in just a few seconds. File shredder software obliterates these imprints, so files can’t be recovered. It’ll give you peace of mind when cleaning data from your computer.

File shredding software comparison chart for 2017

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Disk Doctor File Shredder
Cheesesoft Evidence Smart
Evidence Blaster
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
Lavasoft File Shredder has been awarded best buy Product image of lavasoft file shredder Product image of iolo drive scrubber Product image of max file shredder Product image of digital shredder Product image of disk doctor file shredder Product image of cheesesoft evidence smart Product image of evidence blaster
 
 
 
Percentage of people who bought this item
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Ratings
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Overall
lavasoft file shredder has a rating of five  overall iolo drive scrubber has a rating of five  overall max file shredder has a rating of four  overall digital shredder has a rating of three  overall disk doctor file shredder has a rating of four  overall cheesesoft evidence smart has a rating of three  overall evidence blaster has a rating of two  overall
Setup
lavasoft file shredder has a rating of five for setup iolo drive scrubber has a rating of five for setup max file shredder has a rating of four for setup digital shredder has a rating of four for setup disk doctor file shredder has a rating of four for setup cheesesoft evidence smart has a rating of four for setup evidence blaster has a rating of two for setup
Effectiveness
lavasoft file shredder has a rating of five for effectiveness iolo drive scrubber has a rating of five for effectiveness max file shredder has a rating of four for effectiveness digital shredder has a rating of three for effectiveness disk doctor file shredder has a rating of three for effectiveness cheesesoft evidence smart has a rating of three for effectiveness evidence blaster has a rating of three for effectiveness
Features
lavasoft file shredder has a rating of five for features iolo drive scrubber has a rating of five for features max file shredder has a rating of four for features digital shredder has a rating of three for features disk doctor file shredder has a rating of four for features cheesesoft evidence smart has a rating of three for features evidence blaster has a rating of three for features
Ease of use
lavasoft file shredder has a rating of five for ease of use iolo drive scrubber has a rating of five for ease of use max file shredder has a rating of four for ease of use digital shredder has a rating of three for ease of use disk doctor file shredder has a rating of four for ease of use cheesesoft evidence smart has a rating of three for ease of use evidence blaster has a rating of two for ease of use
Help & support
lavasoft file shredder has a rating of four for help & support iolo drive scrubber has a rating of four for help & support max file shredder has a rating of four for help & support digital shredder has a rating of two for help & support disk doctor file shredder has a rating of four for help & support cheesesoft evidence smart has a rating of three for help & support evidence blaster has a rating of two for help & support
Shredding
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Files & folders
lavasoft file shredder shreds files & folders iolo drive scrubber shreds files & folders max file shredder shreds files & folders digital shredder shreds files & folders disk doctor file shredder shreds files & folders cheesesoft evidence smart shreds files & folders evidence blaster shreds files & folders
Text & images
lavasoft file shredder shreds text & images iolo drive scrubber shreds text & images max file shredder shreds text & images digital shredder shreds text & images disk doctor file shredder shreds text & images cheesesoft evidence smart shreds text & images evidence blaster shreds text & images
Music & videos
lavasoft file shredder shreds music & videos iolo drive scrubber shreds music & videos max file shredder shreds music & videos digital shredder shreds music & videos disk doctor file shredder shreds music & videos cheesesoft evidence smart shreds music & videos evidence blaster shreds music & videos
Deletes & erases
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Supported files
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Features
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Help & support
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Telephone support
lavasoft file shredder does not support telephone support iolo drive scrubber supports telephone support max file shredder does not support telephone support digital shredder does not support telephone support disk doctor file shredder does not support telephone support cheesesoft evidence smart supports telephone support evidence blaster supports telephone support
Email support
lavasoft file shredder supports email support iolo drive scrubber supports email support max file shredder supports email support digital shredder supports email support disk doctor file shredder supports email support cheesesoft evidence smart supports email support evidence blaster supports email support
Live chat
lavasoft file shredder supports live chat iolo drive scrubber does not support live chat max file shredder supports live chat digital shredder does not support live chat disk doctor file shredder supports live chat cheesesoft evidence smart does not support live chat evidence blaster supports live chat
Manual
lavasoft file shredder supports manual iolo drive scrubber supports manual max file shredder supports manual digital shredder supports manual disk doctor file shredder supports manual cheesesoft evidence smart supports manual evidence blaster supports manual
FAQs
lavasoft file shredder supports faqs iolo drive scrubber supports faqs max file shredder supports faqs digital shredder supports faqs disk doctor file shredder supports faqs cheesesoft evidence smart supports faqs evidence blaster supports faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
lavasoft file shredder  windows 10 iolo drive scrubber  windows 10 max file shredder  windows 10 digital shredder  windows 10 disk doctor file shredder  windows 10 cheesesoft evidence smart  windows 10 evidence blaster  windows 10
Windows 8
lavasoft file shredder is compatible with windows 8 iolo drive scrubber is not compatible with windows 8 max file shredder is not compatible with windows 8 digital shredder is not compatible with windows 8 disk doctor file shredder is not compatible with windows 8 cheesesoft evidence smart is not compatible with windows 8 evidence blaster is not compatible with windows 8
Windows 7
lavasoft file shredder is compatible with windows 7 iolo drive scrubber is compatible with windows 7 max file shredder is compatible with windows 7 digital shredder is not compatible with windows 7 disk doctor file shredder is compatible with windows 7 cheesesoft evidence smart is not compatible with windows 7 evidence blaster is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
lavasoft file shredder is compatible with windows vista iolo drive scrubber is compatible with windows vista max file shredder is compatible with windows vista digital shredder is compatible with windows vista disk doctor file shredder is compatible with windows vista cheesesoft evidence smart is compatible with windows vista evidence blaster is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
lavasoft file shredder is compatible with windows xp iolo drive scrubber is compatible with windows xp max file shredder is compatible with windows xp digital shredder is compatible with windows xp disk doctor file shredder is compatible with windows xp cheesesoft evidence smart is compatible with windows xp evidence blaster is compatible with windows xp

File shredding software explained

File shredding software destroys the imprint of a deleted file on your computer disk by overwriting it again and again. When done thoroughly enough, this eliminates all trace of the original file from your computer, making reconstruction impossible.

It’s vital you protect all sensitive data, no matter where you keep it. So it’s wise to shred files on your computer in the same way you should shred your bank statements.

Getting started with file shredding software

Most file shredding software can shred a wide range of file types. But always make sure the software you pick can handle the kind of files you work with. It’s no good choosing software that shreds files created with Microsoft Office if all your data is stored in a different format.

Scheduled scrubbing is a useful feature too. It will check regularly (perhaps daily or weekly) for deleted files and then shred them automatically. This means you don’t need to remember to load the software and shred files yourself.

It’s very important your shredding software does a thorough job. For data to be really and truly unrecoverable, it has to be overwritten again and again and again.

Some shredders overwrite using data which is more effective at destroying the file imprint. ‘Military grade shredding’ generally indicates the software has been tested to military standards. As you can imagine, that makes it adequate for deleting your old financial records!

You might think that once you’ve deleted a file from your computer, you no longer need to worry about it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. File shredding software gives you a last line of defense, ensuring that when you delete a file, it stays deleted.

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Rank
Lavasoft File Shredder
Iolo Drive Scrubber
Max File Shredder
Digital Shredder
Disk Doctor File Shredder
Cheesesoft Evidence Smart
Evidence Blaster