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This package was approved as a trusted package on 12/21/2017.

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7,8 ,10 and Windows Server 2012.


  • Erases residue from deleted files
  • Erases MFT and MFT-resident files (for NTFS volumes) and Directory Indices (for FAT)
  • Powerful and flexible scheduler


To install Eraser, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install eraser --version

To upgrade Eraser, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade eraser --version


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName = 'eraser'
    $url         = ''
    $checksum    = '090968D0D9C386924A2838C484855595890DA9879544C7D8B4B201F9756712C6'
    $setupDir    = Get-PackageCacheLocation
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = $packageName
      url            = $url
      url64Bit       = $url
      checksum       = $checksum
      checksum64     = $checksum
      checksumType   = 'sha256'
      checksumType64 = 'sha256'
      unzipLocation  = $setupDir
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
    $msi_path = if ((Get-ProcessorBits 64) -and $env:chocolateyForceX86 -ne 'true') {
        ls "$setupDir\*eraser*x64*.msi" -Recurse | select -Expand FullName
    } else {
        ls "$setupDir\*eraser*x86*.msi" -Recurse | select -Expand FullName
    if (!(Test-Path $msi_path)) { throw "Unpacking failed" }
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = $packageName
      fileType       = 'msi'
      file           = $msi_path
      silentArgs     = '/quiet'
      validExitCodes = @(0)
      softwareName   = "Eraser"
    Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs
    rm -force -r $setupDir\eraser\* -ea 0
    $installLocation = Get-AppInstallLocation $packageArgs.softwareName
    if (!$installLocation) { Write-Warning "Can't find $packageName install location"; return }
    Write-Host "$packageName installed to '$installLocation'"

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Dennis van Lith
  • Joel Low
  • Garrett Trant




Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Eraser 869 Saturday, August 19, 2017 approved
Eraser 839 Saturday, March 25, 2017 approved
Eraser 802 Monday, February 8, 2016 approved

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