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2NOTE: This version uses a new installer system. You MUST remove
3ALL EARLIER VERSIONS before installing this Beta. When installing
4an earlier stable build, UNINSTALL the Beta first.
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7Eraser 5.87 beta 5: Latest changes
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9- Timestamp all binaries on top of signing with the beta certificate
10- Fixed dragged-and-dropped tasks to the On-Demand pane. The computer
11  will shut down when done
12- Fixed scheduled tasks' completion action
13- Display the time when scheduled tasks are to run at midnight
14- Fixed a 64-bit problem for ISAAC buffer fills (semantic, not
15  really serious)
16- Fixed a wrong use of the equality operator leading to files being
17  detected as encrypted when they are not
18- Fixed the missing shell extension
19- Fixed 64-bit installs (VC runtime complained of lack of cabinet)
20
21Beta 4 Changes
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23- Fixed error message when user deletes files and cancels in the
24  Eraser Explorer.
25- Deleting tasks now require confirmation (as per Windows)
26- Fixed a hang when users expanded the Network bit of the file
27  data selection dialog (now only affects Verifier)
28- Run the post-task operation when it is complete.
29- Replaced the custom file/folder selection dialog with the Windows
30  built-in ones.
31- The "no files to erase" error no longer appears for file/folder
32  erasures.
33- Fixed the Hotkey selection dialog in General Preferences
34- System passwords must be specified for it to be active. Throw
35  an error if the user wanted a password but didn't set one
36- x64 compatibility fixes (NTAPI call)
37- The scheduler log size must be positive, the dialog enforces it
38  now.
39- Allow users to tell Eraser to remember the resolve locked files
40  setting for the current erase. Like a No to All or Yes to All
41  button.
42- Implemented the deletion of run-at-reboot scheduled tasks.
43- Compile everything using VS 2008.
44
45Beta 3 Changes
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47- Fixed command line error when selecting subfolders to be erased
48  with the parent folder
49- Fixed a few issues with EraserL creating a registry key after an
50  erase
51- Fixed the weird bug of right-clicking the various erase methods
52  and Eraser hangs. Hopefully this resolves the problem of the
53  file/folder selection dialog blinking and resetting the selections.
54- Implemented NTFS EFS file erasure (EXPERIMENTAL!)
55- Further complicate forensics: Set MACE to invalid values (NTFS only)
56- Fixed #6: Incorrect 'When Finished' option
57- Implemented #37: Eraser should not allow system to hibernate or
58  standby when running
59- Fixed #36: Eraser overriding Windows hotkeys in context menu
60- Fixed #48: Inaccurate determination of process elevation
61
62Beta 2 Changes
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64- Do not create "New Eraser Document" in the New context menu of
65  Explorer when using a Portable version
66
67Beta 1 changes
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69- Schedlog.txt will always be kept in the local Application Data
70  folder.
71- Fixed shutdown issues after erase for NT-based computers.
72- Fixed erasure of recycle bin contents when the erase was cancelled.
73- Fixed Windows 98 compatibility.
74- Fixed error checking when querying for elevation.
75- Renamed Verify.exe to Erschk.exe. Resolved #418558.
76- Fixed the VC2005 redistributable being extracted over each other.
77  when both x86 and x64 builds are selected for install.
78- Fixed command line error when -silent was passed to EraserL.
79
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81CONTENTS
821. LEGAL
83   1.1. Copyright
84   1.2. License agreement and Disclaimer
85   1.3. Digital signature
862. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
87   2.1. Libraries
883. HOW TO INSTALL & UNINSTALL
89   3.1. Before installing
90   3.2. Installing
91   3.3. Help?
92   3.4. Uninstalling
934. DESCRIPTION
945. AUTHOR
95   5.1. Web site
96
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981. LEGAL
99
100   1.1. Copyright
101
102        Eraser Copyright © 2007-2008 by the Eraser Project. All rights
103        reserved.
104        Eraser Copyright © 2002-2006 by Garrett Trant. All rights
105        reserved.
106        Eraser Copyright © 1997-2002 by Sami Tolvanen. All rights
107        reserved.
108
109        By using this software you accept all the terms and
110        conditions of the license agreement and disclaimer
111        below.
112
113        All registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned in
114        this document are the property of their respective
115        holders.
116
117   1.2. License agreement and Disclaimer
118
119        This program is free software; you can redistribute it
120        and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
121        Public License as published by the Free Software
122        Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
123        option) any later version.
124
125        This program is distributed in the hope that it will be
126        useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the
127        implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
128        PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License
129        for more details.
130
131      1.2.1 GNU General Public License
132            The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) is attached
133            in the file COPYING.txt
134
135   1.3. Digital signature
136
137        The setup program is signed with Pretty Good Privacy
138        (PGP) (public key available at web site) for verifying
139        the authenticity. The signature file should be included
140        with the archive. This file has the extension '.asc'.
141
142        If you did not receive a separate digital signature file
143        with this archive, download the official binary
144        distribution at the home page (see section 5.1).
145
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1472. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
148
149   This version of Eraser runs on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0,
150   2000, XP and all editions of Vista. Windows XP x64 and all
151   64-bit SKUs of Vista can also be used (using the 64-bit
152   version)
153
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1553. HOW TO INSTALL & UNINSTALL
156
157   3.1. Before installing
158
159        Be sure to uninstall any previous version of Eraser
160        before installing.
161
162        If the setup program asks you to reboot Windows after
163        installation, you must do that before running Eraser.
164
165   3.2. Installing
166
167        EraserSetup.exe is a self-extracting executable containing the
168        program files.
169
170        Run EraserSetup.exe to install Eraser. The setup program will
171        extract the files and copy them to a desired location.
172
173   3.3. Help?
174
175        After installing, you can open the help file (in the
176        Eraser directory) by double-clicking the ERASER.HLP
177        file.
178
179        You can also get answers to some frequently asked
180        questions and read a step-by-step installation
181        instructions at Eraser home page (see section 5.1).
182
183   3.4. Uninstalling
184
185        You can uninstall Eraser normally via Control Panel,
186        Add/Remove Programs. You should not remove the files
187        manually because the settings in the registry would not
188        be removed.
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1914. DESCRIPTION
192
193   Eraser is an advanced security tool, which allows you to
194   completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by
195   overwriting it several times with carefully selected
196   patterns.
197
198   You can drag and drop files and folders to the on-demand
199   eraser, use the convenient Explorer shell extension or use
200   the integrated scheduler to program overwriting of unused
201   disk space or, for example, browser cache files to happen
202   regularly, at night, during your lunch break, at weekends or
203   whenever you like.
204
205   The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter
206   Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and
207   Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively
208   remove the magnetic remnants from the hard disk making it
209   impossible to recover the data.
210
211   Other methods include the one defined in the National
212   Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US
213   Department of Defense and overwriting with pseudo-random data
214   up to one hundred times.
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2175. AUTHOR
218   
219   The new maintainer of this product is the Eraser Project.
220   For more information visit
221   http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser
222 
223   Sami Tolvanen, the original author of this software is a
224   student in the university of technology in Finland. For
225   more information, visit his home page at
226   http://www.tolvanen.com/sami/.
227
228   5.1. Web site
229
230        You can download the latest version of Eraser and the
231        required libraries at the Eraser SourceForge page.
232
233        http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=37015
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