Deleting files permanently

When you delete a file, it can no longer be accessed through normal means. However, the file continues to be stored on the hard disk until it is overwritten when copying new files.

The Bitdefender File Shredder will help you permanently delete data by physically removing it from your hard disk.

You can quickly shred files or folders from your computer using the Windows contextual menu, by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the file or folder you want to permanently delete and select File Shredder.

  2. A confirmation window will appear. Click Yes to start the File Shredder wizard.

  3. Wait for Bitdefender to finish shredding the files.

  4. The results are displayed. Click Close to exit the wizard.

Alternatively, you can shred files from the Bitdefender interface.

  1. Open the Bitdefender window.

  2. Go to the Privacy panel.

  3. Click Encrypt and select File Shredded in the drop-down menu.

  4. Follow the File Shredder wizard:

    1. Select file/folder

      Add the files or folders you want to be permanently removed.

    2. Shredding Files

      Wait for Bitdefender to finish shredding the files.

    3. Results

      The results are displayed. Click Close to exit the wizard.