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Should I remove Eraser?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,757
United States Rank #5,651
Reach 0.0528%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 244.31 days
1075.82 days >
Average installed length: 565.26 days


6.0.2273 100.00%

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What is Eraser?  (from The Eraser Project)

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows that allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Guttmann's paper Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory an...  Read more


Eraser is a software program developed by The Eraser Project. 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). 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 1.13 MB (1,186,304 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 64% of users of Eraser come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: eraser.heidi.ie
Help link: bbs.heidi.ie/viewforum.php?f=30
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{392A74D0-4DFE-49F7-87C3-8A61708F8856}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{392A74D0-4DFE-49F7-87C3-8A61708F8856}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.13 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.manager.resources.dll - Eraser Manager
  • eraser.resources.dll
  • eraser.defaultplugins.dll
  • eraser.exe
  • eraser.manager.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

Context Menu Handler
  • eraser.shell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Eraser' with a class of {BC9B776A-90D7-4476-A791-79D835F30650}.
Scheduled Task
  • eraser.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DEE7F7F3-7660-4F17-8B6B-1661BFC49509}' (runs on registration).
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 Files1\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\".

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.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 76.20%
Windows Vista 9.02%
Windows XP 8.25%
Windows 10 6.53%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.81%
Windows 7 Professional 13.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.27%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.29%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.09%
Windows 10 Home 2.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.59% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.59%
  Germany 10.36%
  United Kingdom 3.55%
  Italy 3.26%
  Canada 2.91%
  France 2.27%
  Belgium 0.99%
  Netherlands 0.99%
  Australia 0.78%
  Spain 0.78%
  Austria 0.64%
  Switzerland 0.64%
  Brazil 0.57%
  Iran 0.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.94%
Hewlett-Packard 27.21%
Acer 12.48%
ASUS 5.72%
Toshiba 5.72%
Intel 2.43%
Medion 2.25%
Lenovo 2.08%
American Megatrends 1.21%
Gateway 1.21%
Samsung 1.21%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.86%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.92%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.61%
Dell Inspiron 580 2.29%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.96%
Dell Studio XPS 8100 1.96%


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