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When I click delete, is it deleting???

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I just recently started using dvd decrypter. I go to my computer: c drive: and right click and delete the file. Is this really erasing it from my harddrive or does the thing Im deleteing serve almost like a desktop icon where it only deletes a path to it???
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pretty sure it just deletes pathes and the file from being used, as in, the space can be accollated for use in saving/writing another file.
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Well when you click delete, no it doesn't. You'll have to go to the recyling bin to completly get rid of it. From there I'm not sure if it just deletes the path or the file also.
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"Shift + Delete" to bypass the Recycle Bin and permanently delete the file. Of course it can still be resurrected with some 3rd party software as long as that area of the disk has not been overwritten.
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Heck no you are not deleting it. When you delete a file windows just covers it up but a third party program or a Red Bull driven FBI agent can easily discover your data with no problem. That's why you need special programs to do the dirty work for you.

Crapcleaner

Is a great cleaner tool. first of all it cleans out your cache and all then it cleans out temp files and also it has a setting that does a 7 pass overwrite on your files
Also when you are installing it make sure to "have it pop up in you recycle bin context menu or w/e" That basickly means if you configure it right

Left side of screen Options>settings> secure file deletion slower radio button>drop down menu "NSA 7 PASS"

Now everytime you run a cleaner scan from the top menu or specificly just right click on recycle bin and click "run ccleaner" when you do the right click thing it will not pop up ccleaner but if you look in your task manager it's running and doing a 7 pass delete on your files. It does take like 10 min though.

It gives me peace of mind so that's why i use it.
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I don't know what exact ally it is called, but your computer saves address to files on you Hard Drive
When you "delete" a file windows only deletes the address, not the actual data.
The computer no longer knows the data is there, so it does not appear. However, The data is still in perfect condition until another file is placed on top of it.

Programs can scan your data and find the files again quite easily.
This is what a security format is for. (usually writes all 0s, then random 1 and 0, then all 0 again)
The government actually had a hard drive that had 32 random passes of data put on it and restored the original information (though, that would have taken a LONG time...)

CCleaner is nice for ACTUALLY deleting things. You can set it to perform 7 passes on the files that it deletes.
It will also fix registry errors...quite a handy FREE program!
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