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NetShred X is the easy-to-use Internet cache cleaner for Mac OS X that securely erases cache files your browser and email programs leave behind. NetShred X is the Internet privacy software that is easy, fast and cleaner. Easy because it runs automatically - you don't have to remember to use it. Fast because it runs in the background - you don't have to wait for it. Cleaner because it will erase, not just delete all Internet tracks for almost every browser and email program on Mac OS X. Your Web browser stores copies of the images and text that you see when on the internet. This information can be recovered by anyone with more...

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Version 4.7.8 (
  • Adds support for Firefox 24 and Opera 17


OS X 10.6 or later

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Rob.h Member IconComment+165

Would be nice to see more frequent updates. The current version of NetShred supports Firefox up to v24 but now we are on v27.

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Version 4.7.8
Rsmacupdate Member IconComment+48

I have several questions about this software...

1) The review/comments section here hasn't been added to for 2 years... why?
2) FireFox 14 was a June 2012 release. It is now March 2013... almost 9 months later with no indication that NetShred has been updated to consider FireFox versions 15-19.
3) Considering MacApp store prices... the price does seem high... it might be a better marketing plan to reduce the price slowly and increase the customer base giving more exposure to additional developer products and reducing such criticism and hopefully raising profitability.

I realize FireFox's 6 week update cycle is quick, but people generally want to be current especially for security purposes.

Perhaps the developer could weigh in on how they are keeping current with FireFox's 6 week release cycle?

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Version 4.7.8

The comment below yours was posted on 6-12-12.
Yours was posted 3-14-12. That's only 9 months, not two years.


BibJohnson: You are correct Thanks! Is there some way to edit my original post?


Oops - I meant yours was posted 3-14-13.

poetaignota Member IconComment+14

I have been using NetShred for many years without any problems. All the more disappointing then when I discovered that Version 4.7.4 was not shredding my history in Firefox 13.0. More disappointing still when my report took three days to produce an (unsigned) one-line response asking me "Which version of Firefox?". It's now a week since my original report and not another word. I don't necessarily expect instant solutions but a polite "Thanks for telling us - we're working on it now" would not go amiss.

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Version 4.7.4
Jazzica Member IconComment+442

$24.95 will get me almost a pound of real fresh-caught salmon at Whole Foods. I'd rather have that one memorable evening before poverty than have to look at that morbid, depressing, eldritch (thrown in for HP Lovecraft fans) and incomprehensible icon.

I know, I know. The icon is not the app. But I wouldn't care if this app did handsprings and mowed the lawn. Not on MY Mac.

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Version 4.7.4

yes, over a year old post ... but just wanted to add that you CAN apply your own icon by just copying and pasting one over it (and if youre adventurous replace the .icns resource itself) ... pretty easy stuff. I use a WALL·E (the Pixar movie) icon as a replacement and it looks great and is quite fitting. just sayin'

phawks Member IconReview+6

Fast, accurate and has great features.

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Version 4.7.3
H.toelle Member IconReview+16

After 20 years of Mac Use on occasion there is a program which comes along that does a job and seems to do it so well that superlatives are almost inadequate. NetShred falls into that exclusive club according to this user. The developer states basically set it up and " forget-it ". Very true.

I have one or two minor suggestions.

1) as more ways of protecting ourselves which NetShred could accomplish we are advised of same or updates come through.
2) This falls into the area of personal preference. For me Dock real estate is precious. So if in a future upgrade it could run but not be seen. In my case I have accomplished this, but can bring it back up should I need to. But like I said above generally never needed.

Just Great !

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Version 4.7.1
Dreamthr Member IconReview+3

I've used it ever since my first mac (2003). Terrific and never fails!

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Version 4.6.2
novalue Member IconReview+13

app use daily, one click and everything is erased

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Version 4.6.1
F451 Member IconComment+393

From the developer's website: Version 4.5.2 adds support for Firefox 3.6.

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Version 4.5.2
Burningthumb Member IconComment+34

There seems to be a lot of misinformation being posted by folks that don't understand the technical details of this problem.

First and foremost, you cannot just track and delete files. Modern browsers store information in SQL databases and you need to extract ans save some data into a new SQL database to save important things, like bookmarks, and then overwrite the original file.

Second, some agencies, the Department of Energy, as an example, mandate a specific overwrite standard. Apple's overwrites (secure empty trash) does not comply with these government standards and so those agencies cannot use Apple's software. Many citizens who are not members of those mandated organizations also like to use their standards.

Third, private browsing does not take plugins into account. NetShred X allows you to configure any application and any location to overwrite (see the custom processes feature) so you can clean up after your plugins.

The list goes on. But I think you get the idea.

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Version 4.4.0
Sheik Yerbouty

"Second, some agencies, the Department of Energy, as an example, mandate a specific overwrite standard. ..."
What about the pentagon, where they do user OSX.
OS X does comply to the standards, but not through 'secure delete'. You have to user disk utility and there you can use a 37-pass erase of deleted files. This goes beyond the standard.
So, yes one could make a script to delete files and do a secure delete with disk utility.

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Version 4.5.2
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Downloads 22,063
Version Downloads 2,087
License Shareware
Date 27 Nov 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $24.95
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