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2NOTE: You MUST remove ALL VERSIONS (including BETAS) earlier than
3      5.8.7 before installing this version.
4=================================================================
5In this Release: Eraser 5.8.8
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7- Do not erase sparse, compressed or encrypted files when FL2KB
8  erasure is selected to prevent disk corruption.
9- Fix Win32 Eraser builds to be truly Unicode builds.
10- A few 64-bit fixes.
11- Ensure that Eraser uses the latest runtimes packaged with the
12  installer. This should fix hangs when using the Context menu.
13- Fixed the About dialog after migrating to Unicode
14- Sign all binaries packaged with the installer
15- Allow erasing UNC paths
16- Fixed memory exhaustion when doing a free space erase for FAT
17  drives
18- Migrate non-Unicode custom erasure methods to the Unicode methods
19  so that old custom erasure methods are preserved upon upgrade
20- Ensure that Eraser is not running when the Eraser setup is run
21
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23CONTENTS
241. LEGAL
25   1.1. Copyright
26   1.2. License agreement and Disclaimer
27   1.3. Digital signature
282. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
29   2.1. Libraries
303. HOW TO INSTALL & UNINSTALL
31   3.1. Before installing
32   3.2. Installing
33   3.3. Help?
34   3.4. Uninstalling
354. DESCRIPTION
365. AUTHOR
37   5.1. Web site
38
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401. LEGAL
41
42   1.1. Copyright
43
44        Eraser Copyright © 2007-2009 by The Eraser Project. All
45        rights reserved.
46        Eraser Copyright © 2002-2006 by Garrett Trant. All rights
47        reserved.
48        Eraser Copyright © 1997-2002 by Sami Tolvanen. All rights
49        reserved.
50
51        By using this software you accept all the terms and
52        conditions of the license agreement and disclaimer
53        below.
54
55        All registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned in
56        this document are the property of their respective
57        holders.
58
59   1.2. License agreement and Disclaimer
60
61        This program is free software; you can redistribute it
62        and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
63        Public License as published by the Free Software
64        Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
65        option) any later version.
66
67        This program is distributed in the hope that it will be
68        useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the
69        implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
70        PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License
71        for more details.
72
73      1.2.1 GNU General Public License
74            The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) is attached
75            in the file COPYING.txt
76
77   1.3. Digital signature
78
79        The setup program is signed with an Authenticode signature
80        for authenticity verification.
81
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832. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
84
85   This version of Eraser runs on Windows 2000, XP and all editions
86   of Vista. Windows XP x64 and all 64-bit SKUs of Vista can also
87   be used (the 64-bit version will be chosen automatically).
88   Windows 7 installs may work but Eraser 5 is not supported
89   under that platform.
90
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923. HOW TO INSTALL & UNINSTALL
93
94   3.1. Before installing
95
96        Be sure to uninstall any previous version of Eraser
97        before installing.
98
99        If the setup program asks you to reboot Windows after
100        installation, you must do that before running Eraser.
101
102   3.2. Installing
103
104        This setup file is a self-extracting executable containing
105        the program files.
106
107        Run EraserSetup.exe to install Eraser. The setup program will
108        extract the files and copy them to a desired location.
109
110   3.3. Help?
111
112        After installing, you can open the help file (in the
113        Eraser directory) by double-clicking the ERASER.HLP
114        file.
115
116        You can also get answers to some frequently asked
117        questions and read a step-by-step installation
118        instructions at Eraser home page (see section 5.1).
119
120   3.4. Uninstalling
121
122        You can uninstall Eraser normally via Control Panel,
123        Add/Remove Programs. You should not remove the files
124        manually because the settings in the registry would not
125        be removed.
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1284. DESCRIPTION
129
130   Eraser is an advanced security tool, which allows you to
131   completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by
132   overwriting it several times with carefully selected
133   patterns.
134
135   You can drag and drop files and folders to the on-demand
136   eraser, use the convenient Explorer shell extension or use
137   the integrated scheduler to program overwriting of unused
138   disk space or, for example, browser cache files to happen
139   regularly, at night, during your lunch break, at weekends or
140   whenever you like.
141
142   The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter
143   Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and
144   Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively
145   remove the magnetic remnants from the hard disk making it
146   impossible to recover the data.
147
148   Other methods include the one defined in the National
149   Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US
150   Department of Defense and overwriting with pseudo-random data
151   up to one hundred times.
152
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1545. AUTHOR
155   
156   The new maintainer of this product is The Eraser Project.
157   For more information visit
158   http://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser
159 
160   Sami Tolvanen, the original author of this software is a
161   student in the university of technology in Finland. For
162   more information, visit his home page at
163   http://www.tolvanen.com/sami/.
164
165   5.1. Web site
166
167        You can download the latest version of Eraser and the
168        required libraries at the Eraser SourceForge page.
169
170        http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=37015
171
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