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    Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10

    Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    09 Apr 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10


    When you delete a file or folder in Windows, the item(s) get placed in the Recycle Bin by default until you empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them if you didn't want to restore them.

    If you permanently delete a file or folder, the item(s) will bypass the Recycle Bin and be immediately permanently deleted instead.

    However, permanently deleting a file or folder doesn't secure delete them.

    Secure Delete will delete and overwrite a file or folder to securely erase any data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk for the deleted file or folder so it gone forever and cannot be recovered.

    If you like, you can add a Secure Delete context menu that will secure erase selected files and folders.

    The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase the selected file(s) and/or folder(s). If you would prefer to have more passes, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I'll post an updated .reg file for it.

    The Secure Delete context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold on any drive, the C:\Program Files folder, the C:\Program Files (x86) folder, the C:\ProgramData folder, the C:\Users folder, the C:\Windows folder, and the C:\Windows.old folder. This was done by design to prevent deleting these critical Windows system folders by mistake.

    You will still be able to use the Secure Delete context menu on files and folders inside the folders above though.

    This tutorial will show you how to add Secure Delete to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the context menu, all users will be able to use the context menu.

    The first time you use the context menu, SDelete may prompt you to Agree to the license terms before continuing. You will not see the prompt again afterwards.



    Contents

    • Option One: Add "Secure Delete" to Context Menu of Files and Folders
    • Option Two: Remove "Secure Delete" from Context Menu of Files and Folders



    EXAMPLE: "Secure Delete" context menu
    Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10-secure_delete_context_menu.png






    OPTION ONE

    Add "Secure Delete" to Context Menu of Files and Folders


    1 Download the latest version of SDelete by Mark Russinovich from Microsoft Sysinternals below.
    2 Save the SDelete.zip file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the downloaded SDelete.zip file.

    4 Open the SDelete.zip file.

    5 Open the C:\Windows\System32 folder in a separate File Explorer (Win+E) window.

    6 Copy and paste (drag and drop) the sdelete.exe file from the SDelete.zip file into the C:\Windows\System32 folder. (see screenshots below)

    Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10-sdelete_zip.jpg Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10-system32.jpg

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Continue to approve. (see screenshot below)

    Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10-approve.png

    8 You can now close the ZIP and File Explorer windows if you like.

    9 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Add_Secure_Delete_to_context_menu.reg

    Download

    10. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    11 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    12 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    13 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Remove "Secure Delete" from Context Menu of Files and Folders


    This is the default setting.


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Remove_Secure_Delete_from_context_menu.reg

    Download

    2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Compumind's Avatar
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       #1

    Another good Russinovich program, Thanks.

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  2. Brink's Avatar
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  3. Posts : 26
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       #3

    "The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase the selected file(s)"
    which method is used to perform the other 2 passes? random data or 0 fill?
    lastly... is it really safe for an usb flash drive in terms of % of success to permanently delete files... or it's adviceable to use another program ?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    realista87 said:
    "The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase the selected file(s)"
    which method is used to perform the other 2 passes? random data or 0 fill?
    lastly... is it really safe for an usb flash drive in terms of % of success to permanently delete files... or it's adviceable to use another program ?

    Each pass does a 0 fill.

    It should be suitable as is for a USB flash drive. It the files are extremely sensitive, it may be best to physically completely destroy the USB to make sure nothing can be recovered.
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  5. Posts : 1,750
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       #5

    Thanks for this, works very fast. Much easier than opening 3rd party tool. Added to Recycle bin context too.
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  6. Posts : 26
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       #6

    it is useful for usb flash drives not encrypted... but if you use an encrypted OS drive or usb flash drive, it is useless to securely delete a file being already protected by encryption. just to remember....... to those readers who maybe think that a secure erase is still needed for encrypted drive.
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  7. Posts : 3
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       #7

    Can you prepare reg file for all other passes?
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    UtkuGARIP said:
    Can you prepare reg file for all other passes?

    Hello UtkuGARIP, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I would be happy to for you. How many passes do you want it to perform instead of 3?
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    Brink said:
    Hello UtkuGARIP, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I would be happy to for you. How many passes do you want it to perform instead of 3?
    Thank you for your kind welcome. Obviously I need all the passes, I'm doing archives. :)
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