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Everything posted by skypilotpete

  1. Thanks for the suggestions. I have downloaded eraser and will give that a go.
  2. Thanks for your reply. I will have a look at Recova. The specific need I have is as follows. My daughter is a lawyer, and her laptop is always full of confidential files. Despite my regular nagging, she has never made the effort to use encryption and does not use a secure delete program when deleting files. (In my experience it is amazing how few lawyers understand the need for this sort of thing). She is upgrading to a new laptop and wants to pass her old one on to a friend. She has been thinking that she will have to have the hard-drive reformatted to securely delete all data, including previously deleted files. My suggestion was to run a program that would overwrite all free space, which would securely delete all previously deleted files and avoid the need for a reformat and reinstallation of the operating system. I used to subscribe to a program called Privacy Guardian, which had this "overwrite free space" function, but I ended up deciding that it was not worth the money in terms of the amount of use I put it to. The reason I thought this function would go well with CCleaner, is that it is (as its name says) a cleaning program. It is what I use to get rid of everything on my computer that I no longer want. An "overwrite free space" function, is in effect a way of saying "just in case I didn't securely delete everything I should have in the past, I will make doubly sure by overwriting everything that has been previously deleted." However, if Recova can already do this, that is great.
  3. Is there an option in CCleaner to overwrite all free space on a hard drive? I can't find it, but I've been known to miss quite obvious things. If this function doesn't exist, it would seem an obvious addition to a great program.
  4. I have found a solution for this, and now I also understand what was being said in the previous forum discussion about this. So, in case there is anyone else who has this problem, and who is not computer savvy enough (like me) to figure out the previous discussion - what I have discovered is that the error message is due to the absence of Visual Basic run-time files (in particular msvbvm60.dll) which are required by applications created with Visual Basic 6.0. A self-extracting executable file that installs these files can be downloaded from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en I ran this file, following the instructions, and now CCleaner works fine.
  5. I have seen this problem on the forum before, but no resolution seems to be reported. I have tried installing CCleaner (latest version) on my computer (Windows XP pro, SP1). It seems to install OK, but as soon as I try to open it I get the message "CCListBar Run-time error '0'". I have no idea what to do about this. I have done a google search and seen the problem listed in multiple forums, but no solution that makes any sense to me. The computer I am trying to install it on has no internet connection, no firewall, anti-virus programs etc, as I am in the process of doing a new install. I downloaded CCleaner onto another computer (on which CCleaner works fine) and copied the install file over via USB flash drive. I would appreciate help on this, as I want to run CCleaner before I proceed with installing a lot of other programs.
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