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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,048
United States Rank #1,757
Reach 0.3174%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.00 days
383.51 days >
Average installed length: 201.51 days


6.0.2620 100.00%

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What is Eraser?

Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Erases MFT and MFT-resident files (for NTFS volumes) and Directory Indices (for FAT).


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named Eraser.exe. The setup package generally installs about 13 files and is usually about 16.13 MB (16,916,480 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: eraser.heidi.ie
Help link: bbs.heidi.ie/viewforum.php?f=30
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{6E5159B4-A519-41EF-80EF-AD58371515DF}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{6E5159B4-A519-41EF-80EF-AD58371515DF}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 16.13 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Eraser

Program executable:Eraser.exe
Additional files:
  • bevelline.dll (by DELMATIC) - BevelLine
  • dragdroplib.dll (by Microsoft) - DragDropLib
  • eraser.defaultplugins.resources.dll - Eraser (Default Plugins)
  • eraser.exe
  • eraser.defaultplugins.dll
  • eraser.manager.dll - Eraser Manager
  • eraser.manager.resources.dll
  • eraser.resources.dll
  • 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

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 '{4207BB9D-A6BD-48AA-8758-9B0FE35BD784}' (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 'Eraser' and executes as C:\Program Files\Eraser\Eraser.exe -hide.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • eraser.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SafePCRepair_89 Browser Plugin Loader 64' which loads as C:\Program Files2\SAFEPC~2\bar\1.bin\89brmon64.exe.
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:44.44 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0008011866%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00011042%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00069077%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:4,214,570
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:307 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:14.82 KB
105.02 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, 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) 63%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.92%
Windows 10 23.76%
Windows XP 5.30%
Windows Vista 5.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.65%
Windows 7 Professional 14.42%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.47%
Windows 8.1 7.72%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.21%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.06%
  Germany 8.77%
  United Kingdom 4.92%
  France 3.80%
  Canada 3.03%
  Italy 2.67%
  Australia 1.35%
  Netherlands 1.33%
  Belgium 1.15%
  India 1.03%
  Sweden 0.88%
  Spain 0.78%
  Finland 0.69%
  Brazil 0.66%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.52%
Dell 25.59%
Acer 15.83%
ASUS 8.93%
Toshiba 6.34%
Samsung 3.12%
Lenovo 2.73%
Intel 2.01%
Medion 0.88%
American Megatrends 0.85%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.39%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.01%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.14%
ASUS All Series 3.33%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.68%
Dell XPS 8500 1.95%


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