Secure Shred Individual Files Using Send to With Ccleaner V2

Introduction: Secure Shred Individual Files Using Send to With Ccleaner V2

This is an improved version of my previous tutorial to add a shredding option to your right click "context" menu in explorer that will allow you to shred files via Ccleaner.

This method offers a more direct approach and soes not require adding to the send to menu, which is an extra step not required!

If you do not have ccleaner, I suggest getting it now! just google ccleaner.

Step 1: Create a Reg File

Open notepad and paste in the following code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Shred with CCleaner"

@="c:\\program files\\ccleaner\\ccleaner.exe /delete \"%1%"

Now save the file somewhere like my documents, but save it as a .reg file, so for example enter (with quotations!) :


The name doesn't matter a bit.

Step 2: Execute the Reg File!

Now go to your reg file and double click it, you will be prompted to add the information to the registry, click to continue and a confirmation will appear.

Step 3: Secure Please!

Now you need to enable the secure deletion option in CCleaner, this will ensure files are shredded and not just delted (which is recoverable).

Open CCleaner and goto Options, Settings, Secure Deletion.

Choose the number of passes you would like.... the more passes the longer it will take.

Now when you right click a file, you will have a Send To option with the name of your batch file. Click it to shred your file!

Step 4: Try It Out

Goto a file you want to delete, right click it and you will have a shred option!

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    3 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 4

    This is a nice tutorial. Very informative. I was unaware that this was even possible to do with CCleaner. Now I am. Thanks!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely done....Not to diminish this project, but I'd like to add that Spybot S&D also has this function, and from a simple deletion to shredding far above the DoD levels. If you already have Spybot, you may already know this, However, if you do not have "Crap-Cleaner" (CCleaner), you should get it. You will be surprised at the space lost to junk files.

    Spybot and CCleaner make an excellent pair for windows security and efficiency. The ultra-paranoid can also get MRU-Blaster to run after all this to ensure that any traces have been removed.

    If you are REALLY paranoid, and/or just want your computer to have it's own time-machine, try getting your hands on something revolutionary, such as Rollback or GoBack software, which makes your machine nearly invincible to viruses, worms, trojans, or even plain human stupidity. You have to see it to believe it, I use it myself and I can wipe my entire hard drive, that is accessible through windows or DOS, on purpose without the least of worry. My hard drive is semi-permanently stuck at one point in time until I decide I want to make a change. I looked for the Conflicker worm and made sure I infected myself....I restart, and it's gone like it was never there. I laugh out loud at viral attacks, there is NO WAY to compromise my machine when all I have to do is restart.

    Look into it. It's like putting a time machine into your computer, and once you've tried the real thing, you'll never know how you survived without it, and you will never fear a virus/trojan/worm again. When I restart my machine tomorrow, my machine will never know that I was even here in the first place, rendering any and all anti-viral/anti-spyware/even system-cleaning tools like CCleaner virtually useless until you actually wish to change the state of your hard drive. Clean before you set a state, and it'll be permanent until you say otherwise.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, thats an excellent and very interesting post. Thanks. I will check those programs out. I have Spybot S&D, but this was created to address an issue with ccleaner that users found annoying. Regards ee0u30eb