Shot in the dark:
Is it at all possible that you are using a national keyboard layout, where the "Y" key is not at the "standard" place?
Normally, if I remember correctly, you can/should use the program keyb.com to remap the keys correctly. If you haven't set this up on your DOS boot disk...
Would that not help with my concern in http://bbs.heidi.ie/viewtopic.php?t=3293 that installing/uninstalling Eraser on the hard-drive does leave traces that it's been used there?
Is this "portable" version fully compatible, dependable, and up-to-date?
Yes, your "My Documents" folder is on your C: drive despite the tricks that Explorer uses to make you think otherwise.
It's sort of a "symbolic link" or "shortcut" to the VerySpecial location that is really somewhere like: "C:\Documents and Settings\<your>\My documents".
No worry here.
As I understand it, that would completely defeat the purpose of Eraser. Eraser "erases" free space by overwriting it with a very large temporary file, until the disk gets full (which is normal and by design, nothing to worry about), then erases that temp file.
Putting the temp file in some...
Maybe there's a rather subtle distinguo between "remove" and "wipe" ?
Maybe the filenames entries do remain as "ghosts", but are replaced with inoccuous data? Such that dedicated inspection could demonstrate there has once been a lot of files on that disk, but would not recover their names...
The current concern I have is that I need to return a computer to its owner, but want to keep potential prying eyes from detecting too easily (1) what's been on there, and (2) that I went to some trouble hiding it (which also precludes physical destruction or complete...
Thanks for the answers, Overwriter.
Regarding the leftover patterns, that sounds good enough for me. I'll maybe add some manual legitimate hard-disk activity as a last pass.
Do you have anything to say about my suggestion that installing Eraser on an external USB hard-disk instead of the...
1/ Am I right that Eraser's uninstall will "delete" all traces of Eraser, but "delete" here is to be taken in the sense of Windows "delete"?
The former presence of Eraser will not be immediately obvious, but a file recovery program might exhibit parts of the files/filenames like "eraser.exe"...