Xclean 1.4.9
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Permanently shred and delete files.   Shareware ($18.00)
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Xclean is a disk cleaning utility to shred deleted files from your disk images by a special military grade method. With BITcom Xclean, no Spyware or unfriendly people can restore deleted files.
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Version 1.4.9: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
PPC, Mac OS X 10.1 or later

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Anonymous reviewed on 23 May 2004
Correction: I meant "Temp files", I don't know about empty space, since I have not yet examined the product.
[Version 1.4.7]


Anonymous reviewed on 23 May 2004
I have not yet tested it, but I am considering testing and buying this product. I am surprised by some of the reviews. How can you claim that it does the same job as Panther's empty trash? First, according to the product description, it does the job more in-depth (several passes, in order to meet higher security requirements); then it also cleans "empty" space on the hard disk. I didn't know that Panther would do this job - it doesn't, insofar I know.

So it seems the review is not accurate. I do always check MacUpdate's reviews before downloading a product for testing it, but in this specific case, I didn't find any of the reviews to be very helpful (not even mentioning the first one, which had nothing to do with the subject!).
[Version 1.4.7]


Connor Carney commented on 17 Dec 2003
Does the same thing as Panther's built-in "Secure Empty Trash".
[Version 1.4.7]

Griz commented on 27 Nov 2003
Stuffit Deluxe does the same thing. Why buy Xclean when the most of us have Stuffit Deluxe.
[Version 1.4.5]


Anonymous reviewed on 30 Aug 2003
Price to high, Panther will be out soon and it will permanently erase stuff for you.
[Version 1.3.9]


Anonymous reviewed on 25 Aug 2003
I don't use this app, and I don't know the author, but I can't stand the thought of someone judging it by the ridiculous review by Jim Weil.

Jim, your political views are totally out of place here. Why even bring them up?

Your solution for optimizing your drive monthly with Techtool, Diskwarrior and Drive 10 doesn't work for immediate security and deletion of data. Diskwarrior doesn't even optimize disks. You must be referring to Alsoft's, Plus optimizer.

And finally, you would review a product without even trying it? Unreal.

People, he had one good piece of advice: "kindly ignore all of my advise".
[Version 1.3.8]


Anonymous reviewed on 19 Mar 2003
[Version 1.2.6]


Jimw commented on 09 Mar 2003
How special. It is endorsed by an officer the Swiss Army (see developers webpage). Nothing personal meant, but when was the last time the Swiss were attacked? Don't the Swiss to all they possibly can to remain neutral? Do they actually do any work that someone else would want to examine their deleted files? Please understand that I mean no reflection on the Swiss Army or Swiss politics. I am sure the Swiss Army is a very fine Army and their politics has worked for them for many years, probably far better than our (US) politics has worked for us on many occasions - at least the Swiss are not trying to assert themselves as the world's police. What this is is a criticism of the developer for using such a perceived reference as a statement of the useability of their product. We all know that they great good cutlery (Swiss Army Knives), but have they shown leadership in security procedures? Frankly I would have a whole lot more confidence if the product was endorsed by the Russian, Israeli or US military who do have a well known track record in this area.

Aside from this the developer tries to hide the cost of the product ($18) until you reach the purchase page. If it is that good, why not be upfront about the cost of it. - like on the MacUpdate page. Not only that it also keeps the "philosophy" of the erasure method nebulous and "secret" as well. There are many known algorhythims to erase data. Why not indicate which one they use as the basis for their program? If they add a few quarks that they don't want to release, that's ok. It is like I am not asking them to open source their code; just to provide enough information to make an informed decision, instead of taking their word and that of an unknown soldier of the Swiss Army.

Interesting enough the full name of the company is "Saxer BITcom" and the soldier's name is "Captain Daniel Saxer." What an amazing coincidence!

Admittedly , I have not download or used the product. But then I do not feel I need it. For the majority of users the normal delete function in combination with a monthly optimization from Tech Tool, Drive 10 or DiskWarror (I left Symantec out intentionally) should suffice. If you do not have or are not using one of the above tools you ought to have and and ought to be using in order to maintain file integerty and insure top performance of your system. Apple thinks enough ot Tech Tool to include it free with the AppleCare Extended Warrenty.

If on the other hand you are in the minority that feels they need extra file erasue security then take a look at "On My Command" It is a free Contextual Menu that contains a script that will overwrite a file that you wish to securly delete (Delete Beyond Recovery). Aside from this it has dozens of other useful scripts, growing weekly, and allows you to coin your own if desired. The scripts are for the most part open source, which means you can customize them for your own needs if desired.

If you are part of a secure area professionally, kindly ignore all of my advise and follow the directives of your organization or IT department. Not doing so could result in a "Pink Slip" or a travel junket to the GreyBar Hotel.

My advise - Save your $18 on this and go out and buy a Swiss Army Knife instead. BTW: The marketing of this product makes me a little leery of the developers other products although I could be wrong as I have not used any of them. This is my first contact with any of this developers products. Based on what I have read about this product, if I were rating it I would give it a 2,2,1,3, I would give "On My Command" a 5,4,5,5
[Version 1.2.6]

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Version Downloads:2,831
Type:Utilities : Security
Date:17 Jan 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price: $18.00
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Xclean is a disk cleaning utility to shred deleted files from your disk images by a special military grade method. With BITcom Xclean, no Spyware or unfriendly people can restore deleted files.

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