Creating Secure Erase Settings

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The Secure Erase feature allows you to specify how thoroughly the System Optimizer deletes files when it runs.

Normally, when you delete a file, you are moving it to the Trash, where anyone can access it. Even when you empty the Trash, you are not actually deleting the files; you are only deleting the operating system's pointers to the files. The actual data still exists on your hard drive and, unless it is overwritten by other data, it could be resurrected using special recovery tools.

Note: System Optimizer for Mac is only available on the consumer edition of Webroot SecureAnywhere.

To create Secure Erase settings:

  1. From the dock, click the Webroot icon.

    The main interface displays.

  2. In the upper right corner, click the Advanced Settings button.

    The Advanced Settings window displays.

  3. In the left pane, select Secure Erase.

    The Secure Erase pane displays.

  4. Move the slider to the right to select any of the following options:
    • Normal — Deletes the files without overwriting them.
    • Medium — Overwrites the data with three passes.
    • Maximum — Overwrites the data with seven passes.
    Note: These settings may have a significant impact on the amount of time it takes to run a system optimization.
  5. When you're done, click the Reset All button.