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2NOTE: You MUST remove ALL EARLIER VERSIONS (including BETAS)
3before installing this version. When installing an earlier
4stable build, UNINSTALL the Beta first.
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7Eraser 5.8.8-beta1
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9- Do not erase sparse, compressed or encrypted files when FL2KB erasure
10  is selected to prevent disk corruption.
11- Fix Win32 Eraser builds to be truly Unicode builds.
12- A few 64-bit fixes.
13- Ensure that Eraser uses the latest runtimes packaged with the installer.
14  This should fix hangs when using the Context menu.
15
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17CONTENTS
181. LEGAL
19   1.1. Copyright
20   1.2. License agreement and Disclaimer
21   1.3. Digital signature
222. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
23   2.1. Libraries
243. HOW TO INSTALL & UNINSTALL
25   3.1. Before installing
26   3.2. Installing
27   3.3. Help?
28   3.4. Uninstalling
294. DESCRIPTION
305. AUTHOR
31   5.1. Web site
32
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341. LEGAL
35
36   1.1. Copyright
37
38        Eraser Copyright © 2007-2009 by The Eraser Project. All
39        rights reserved.
40        Eraser Copyright © 2002-2006 by Garrett Trant. All rights
41        reserved.
42        Eraser Copyright © 1997-2002 by Sami Tolvanen. All rights
43        reserved.
44
45        By using this software you accept all the terms and
46        conditions of the license agreement and disclaimer
47        below.
48
49        All registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned in
50        this document are the property of their respective
51        holders.
52
53   1.2. License agreement and Disclaimer
54
55        This program is free software; you can redistribute it
56        and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
57        Public License as published by the Free Software
58        Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
59        option) any later version.
60
61        This program is distributed in the hope that it will be
62        useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the
63        implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
64        PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License
65        for more details.
66
67      1.2.1 GNU General Public License
68            The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) is attached
69            in the file COPYING.txt
70
71   1.3. Digital signature
72
73        The setup program is signed with an Authenticode signature
74        for authenticity verification.
75
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772. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
78
79   This version of Eraser runs on Windows 2000, XP and all editions
80   of Vista. Windows XP x64 and all 64-bit SKUs of Vista can also
81   be used (the 64-bit version will be chosen automatically).
82   Windows 7 installs may work but Eraser 5 is not currently tested
83   under that platform.
84
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863. HOW TO INSTALL & UNINSTALL
87
88   3.1. Before installing
89
90        Be sure to uninstall any previous version of Eraser
91        before installing.
92
93        If the setup program asks you to reboot Windows after
94        installation, you must do that before running Eraser.
95
96   3.2. Installing
97
98        This setup file is a self-extracting executable containing
99        the program files.
100
101        Run EraserSetup.exe to install Eraser. The setup program will
102        extract the files and copy them to a desired location.
103
104   3.3. Help?
105
106        After installing, you can open the help file (in the
107        Eraser directory) by double-clicking the ERASER.HLP
108        file.
109
110        You can also get answers to some frequently asked
111        questions and read a step-by-step installation
112        instructions at Eraser home page (see section 5.1).
113
114   3.4. Uninstalling
115
116        You can uninstall Eraser normally via Control Panel,
117        Add/Remove Programs. You should not remove the files
118        manually because the settings in the registry would not
119        be removed.
120
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1224. DESCRIPTION
123
124   Eraser is an advanced security tool, which allows you to
125   completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by
126   overwriting it several times with carefully selected
127   patterns.
128
129   You can drag and drop files and folders to the on-demand
130   eraser, use the convenient Explorer shell extension or use
131   the integrated scheduler to program overwriting of unused
132   disk space or, for example, browser cache files to happen
133   regularly, at night, during your lunch break, at weekends or
134   whenever you like.
135
136   The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter
137   Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and
138   Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively
139   remove the magnetic remnants from the hard disk making it
140   impossible to recover the data.
141
142   Other methods include the one defined in the National
143   Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US
144   Department of Defense and overwriting with pseudo-random data
145   up to one hundred times.
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1485. AUTHOR
149   
150   The new maintainer of this product is The Eraser Project.
151   For more information visit
152   http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser
153 
154   Sami Tolvanen, the original author of this software is a
155   student in the university of technology in Finland. For
156   more information, visit his home page at
157   http://www.tolvanen.com/sami/.
158
159   5.1. Web site
160
161        You can download the latest version of Eraser and the
162        required libraries at the Eraser SourceForge page.
163
164        http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=37015
165
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