Techno phobia said:Hello Again.
I've been over asking some more questions at another forum, anyway, I've come back feeling even more worried- I've no idea whether what they were saying was true or not - but thought I'd come to ask here just to confirm.
I was saying about how I try to run an unused disc space as regularly as possible, and then someone on the forum said that there's no way simply running an unused disc space wipe would get rid of deleted files- they said a basic user would be able to get the data back in instant using free recovery software. It was a proper computer forum, but I highly doubted what they were saying was true because of everything everyone has said on here. :? Will someone just confirm that what they were saying is untrue, so I don't have to worry. :shock:
The same person told me running spybot s&s won't delete data in the registry- is this true or not as well??
Finally, as I said a while ago my temp files won't delete. I've tried safemode and pocket killbox, neither work- is there anything more I can do to try to delete them. Would switching from administrator or user account maybe work??!
Well, I would suggest you not take his--or my--word for it. You can verify these things yourself using free recovery software and Regedit before and after a Spybot scan and clean.
For myself, I've verified, using before and after examinations of raw disk data and looking at the registry, that what the gentleman (lady?) told you was simply wrong. Spybot deletes information from the registry such as User Assist entries and MRU ("Most Recently Used") entries. If this weren't the case, then running Spybot, telling it to eliminate the problems it finds, then running it again would find the same problems. Many of these things are found in the registry.
is the key location for Windows' "Open/Save file" history. You can look at this location yourself by running "regedit" and navigating to that location.
Now run Spybot, and tell it to fix the "Common Dialogs" entry it finds.
Navigate to the location again, and you'll find that it's been cleared.
As I noted above, I've done extensive testing for myself and found that Eraser does indeed fill empty (unused) disk space with random bytes. In doing so, it overwrites the existing deleted file data. How is a recovery program to get such data back? By magic?
The evidence simply doesn't support the claims you quoted.