computer dummy needs help

leecat

New Member
I just got my first pc, windows 7. I just downloaded Eraser. What is supposed to happen now? Is there supposed to be an icon on my laptop? How does eraser work? Does it erase by itself? I found the download in some file someplace, what am I supposed to do with it?
Can anyone please help a geezerett? thanks
 

DavidHB

Active Member
Use the link in my signature and go to the FAQ post entitled "Getting to know Eraser 6". It was written with people like you in mind ... :)

David
 

leecat

New Member
thanks for trying Dave, but it's all greek to me. I grew up in the 1950's when some areas of the US still had no phone service, but many outhouses. I did not understand a thing in the eraser support. Most people learn this stuff in school, when I went to school there wasn't even a McDonalds around.
Thanks anyway. Is there anyone out there who can understand what a cave women see's when trying to do this stuff? I would really appreciate the help. Lee
 

DavidHB

Active Member
If you grew up in the fifties, we are probably much of an age. Nobody taught me this stuff at school, either.

The point with computers is that they are complex, counter-intuitive for many people, and fundamentally stupid. Learning to deal with them is like learning to speak a foreign language; no one can do it for you, so you just have to do it for yourself by fitting the pieces of knowledge together until you have something more like a completed jigsaw.

The bit of the jigsaw that is Eraser is not all that complex. Like most people our age, you have probably used a tape or cassette recorder. Eraser works like the erase on such machines, by over-writing what was there before. You do this for the same reason you would shred confidential paper documents - to make sure that information you no longer need but want to keep private cannot be recovered by someone else. When Windows 'deletes' a file, all it does is mark the space as available for re-use; it doesn't actually remove the information from your hard drive.

How do you use Eraser? That's where my note about getting to know the program comes in. I've looked at it again, and for anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of Windows, it should be clear enough. If there is anything specific in the note you don't understand, do ask about that. But please stop trying to convince yourself that it's all above your head. It isn't really. Honest.

David
 

leecat

New Member
Dave: if its so easy why can't you just tell me how it works????
 

DavidHB

Active Member
I already have. If what you are saying is that you don't want to read the FAQ post, I'm sorry, but I can't (and shouldn't) help. Eraser is about destroying data. It mustn't be used blind.

David
 
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