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2% remove it98% keep it
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Eraser 5.8.7 100.00%

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Eraser 5.8.7

What is Eraser?  (from The Eraser Project)

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.


Eraser 5.8.7 is a program developed by The Eraser Project. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is eraser.exe. The software installer includes 19 files and is usually about 1.68 MB (1,763,904 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 56% of users of Eraser come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: eraser.sourceforge.net
Help link: sourceforge.net/projects/eraser
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Eraser\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Eraser\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 1.68 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Eraser 5.8.7

Program executable:eraser.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\eraser\eraser.exe
Additional files:
  • Eraser.Manager.dll - Eraser (Eraser Manager)
  • Eraser.Shell.dll - Eraser Shell Extension
  • Eraser.Util.dll - Eraser Platform Utilities
  • Eraser.Util.FileSystem.dll - Eraser File System Utilities
  • Eraser.Util.Unlocker.dll - Eraser File Handle Unlocker
  • BevelLine.dll (by DELMATIC) - BevelLine

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • Eraser.Shell.dll is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'DVDFab5OnDVDArrival' with the ProgID of 'DVDFab5Open' and the action verb 'Open.
Context Menu Handler
  • Eraser.Shell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'ScanNow' with a class of {41F8EF51-8CD0-4df4-A13A-0E09A7E98AB3}.
Scheduled Task
  • Eraser.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DEE7F7F3-7660-4F17-8B6B-1661BFC49509}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Eraser.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Eraser_Reg_HKLMRun.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Eraser.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Messenger (Yahoo!)' and executes as :"C:\Program Files2\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\YahooMessenger.exe" -quiet.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Eraser.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Eraser' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Eraser\Eraser.exe" /atRestart.
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • Eraser.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ConnecitfyTemp' which loads as cmd /Q /C "rmdir /S /Q C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Temp\Connectify\".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • Eraser.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Eraser\Eraser.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:25.41 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0024666362%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00112347%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00134317%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:881,483
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:22 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Eraser?

You can uninstall Eraser from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Eraser 5.8.7, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Eraser.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 2%
Keep it 98%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.21%
Windows XP 20.16%
Windows 10 14.52%
Windows Vista 14.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.39%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.41%
Windows 7 Professional 11.84%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.43%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.57%
Windows 10 Pro 4.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.33%
  Germany 14.87%
  United Kingdom 6.65%
  Italy 4.11%
  Canada 2.85%
  Switzerland 2.22%
  France 1.58%
  Netherlands 1.58%
  Sweden 0.95%
  Austria 0.95%
  Belgium 0.63%
  Australia 0.63%
  Russia 0.63%
  Spain 0.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.29%
Dell 22.14%
Acer 15.00%
Intel 8.57%
ASUS 3.57%
Sahara 3.57%
Medion 3.57%
Toshiba 3.57%
Lenovo 2.14%
Samsung 1.43%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.67%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.67%
Gigabyte P55M-UD2 2.50%
ASUSTeK K55N 1.67%
Dell Dell DM061 1.67%
Dell Inspiron 560 1.67%


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