Saturday, March 24, 2012

File Incinerator

Have you seen large pizza vans with small, opaque windows? That same van has been following for ages? Getting that weird feeling from your gut someone’s watching?

You need File Incinerator, a new tool by me. It securely shreds file so there’s no trace of them on your disc. Soon enough, you’ll want to get rid of something securely: only something my tool can do for you.

So Why Do I Need It?

Excellent question. When you delete a file, it isn’t actually gone. Using tools like Recuva, it is possible to go over a seemingly empty disc and potentially recover loads of files.

So It Removes any Trace of the File on My Disc?

Indeed it does, though this is not guaranteed. Due to the way the operating system handles files, it may be possible for some file data to remain – but likely not. So in all honesty, you probably have nothing to worry about.

Where Can I Find It?

You can find a command line version for Windows and Macintosh computers in the attached archive. A graphical user interface (GUI) version is nearing completion for Windows, but has not been started for Mac OS X.

Is This Illegal?

No. Incinerator works by writing over the selected file with random pieces of information equal to the size of the old file. All technology utilized in this software is legal, but how you use it is up to you. Just keep in mind I’m not responsible for how you use it.

Can I See Screenshots of the GUI?



A screenshot of the basic, beta version of the GUI. The progress bar is not functional as of this time.

I hope you enjoy what you see.

What Are Your Planned Features?

Here’s a short list of planned features and how likely they are to be added:

  1. Secure Empty Recycle Bin: Emptying the recycle bin only regularly deletes the file, so anything in there will be recoverable. Incinerator will soon be able to overwrite all files in the recycle bin. Likelihood: Excellent
  2. Ability to customize the deletion process through the GUI. This can already be done through the command line version as a command line argument passed to the program (up to 32 iterations is supported). Likelihood: Good
  3. Ability to incinerate the file, but not delete it (i.e allowing you to inspect its contents in a program like a Hex Editor). Likelihood: Good


You can download the files below in this ZIP archive.


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