AlienDestroyer
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Securely and permanently delete files.   Shareware ($10.00)
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AlienDestroyer (formerly Destroyer X) erases and destroys your sensitive information with a click of a button, overwriting selected items (files and folders) more than 34 times before deleting them beyond the possibility of recovery. In addition, the user has an option to overwrite items and then "ZERO-BLOCKS" - the specific blocks that were previously used by the target item or items.

Features:
  • Simple drag-and-drop interface.
  • Process - destroy files and folders
  • Process - destroy multiple files or folders
  • Process - destroy files and
What's New
Version 3.7.3:
  • Support for OS X 10.4 and later, and OS X 10.8.3
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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AlienDestroyer User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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lukasthesurfer reviewed on 06 Jun 2013
Love the ability to remove the DS Store files by dragging the relevant folder and Puff...its gone :)
[Version 3.7.3]


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+1

lulzimolmoli7585 reviewed on 05 Jun 2013
Developers: pricey utility but your support alone is well worth the $10... Thanks!
[Version 3.7.3]


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Tim27 commented on 06 Jan 2013
So overwriting a file 7 times with secure empty trash isn't enough? Who would go to all the trouble of trying to recover files from the trash? Perhaps the IRS if they need to audit you, or the FBI for whatever reason? And I'm sure they have their own methods of getting that info. Sorry developer, this just seems like a waste of $10.
[Version 3.7.2]


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SpamSurfer commented on 06 Jan 2013
Aliens? Oh never mind, no comment.
[Version 3.7.2]


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Bruce_y commented on 27 Feb 2011
A comment on the Gutmann method which many erase programs, and users, seem to think is necessary.

The Gutmann method of 35 passes was designed primarily for hard drives of a type which has not been manufactured for over ten years (MFM). Peter Gutmann himself has written that it is really not needed on modern hard drives and that a few passes with random data is sufficient. Especially given that it would take serious drive disassembly and custom minute examination to even attempt recovery of overwritten drives.

'course, its your drive and if you want to spend the time for 35 passes over, guess its your choice. And it does take rather a while on large files.
But for me, I now use tools and methods that are much less time-consuming because they require only a few passes of overwriting.
[Version 3.6.7]

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Aliencrypt (developer) replied on 16 Nov 2011
Hello,
For all users: Please check you spam folder after purchase as the license code may end up there.
Thank you.
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+36
Jeepee commented on 23 Nov 2010
Secure Empty Trash does overwrite files in the trash 7 times, using the DOD-method, not 30 times using the Gutmann-method.
[Version 3.6.6]

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Jeepee replied on 23 Nov 2010
Sorry, this reply was for Morito...
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Fishscale replied on 24 Nov 2010
Disk Utility does Gutmann plus it comes with your OS.
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Jpwgibson commented on 08 Oct 2009
Permanent Eraser also overwrites 30 times; and it does this for free.
[Version 3.6.3]


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morito commented on 01 Feb 2009
What does this do that mac os x does not?
when you put stuff in your trash can you can always choose from the Menu "Finder > Secure Empty Trash...". That, too, overwrites the files in the trash some 30 times.
[Version 3.6.1]


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Dom21 commented on 21 Mar 2006
Of course, the user has no way of confirming what is going on. It's just on the dev's say-so :)

Important: are file and folder *names* securely overwritten too? It's usually just the contents with apps like these...
[Version 2.5]

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ITT (developer) replied on 22 Mar 2006
Yes, the items are "destroyed" forever.. You can perform a simple test yourself, erase a file from an iPod or any external drive, and then simply plug the drive into a Windows machine. If you see (.thenameofyourfile) then the name has not been erased. if you dont have access to a PC, use the "show hidden files" Thanks to everyone.
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Dom21 replied on 22 Mar 2006
But how can we be certain the destroyed file is being overwritten X number of times. Over thirty? How do we verify it's not 3?

As for the name being overwritten, if it is simply moved to a free space the filename won't show up even by a search for invisibles - right?

Thanks for replying
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ITT (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2006
maybe it might be a good idea to include a realtime list message that displays the system's response to each individual shredding. It might take sometime...and there is the time delay issue. Another option is to make a log file that can be accessed by the user, which may display the above mentioned messages. thanks
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maccooper commented on 21 Mar 2006
Seems to be an excellent program. I'm uncertain about one thing though: it's incredible speed.

In the past using other programs designed to accomplish the same result, they all seemed to take much more time to completely obliterate a file or folder, as this programs claim to do? Any reply from the developer?
[Version 2.5]


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Downloads:7,835
Version Downloads:143
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:05 Jun 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $10.00
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AlienDestroyer (formerly Destroyer X) erases and destroys your sensitive information with a click of a button, overwriting selected items (files and folders) more than 34 times before deleting them beyond the possibility of recovery. In addition, the user has an option to overwrite items and then "ZERO-BLOCKS" - the specific blocks that were previously used by the target item or items.

Features:
  • Simple drag-and-drop interface.
  • Process - destroy files and folders
  • Process - destroy multiple files or folders
  • Process - destroy files and folders simultaneously
  • Complete control over files and folders, can be revised and removed before activating Destroying options. Single File-Folder removal or All Items removal.
  • Process - destroy in single passes from local-external HDD's as well as most mountable devices , ( USB, FireWire, flash-memory cards, pen drives, iPods, Shuffles ) etc.


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