How to Disable the Recycle Bin on Windows 7 and Secure delete files in the Recycle bin
Windows was never designed for security, therefore when you delete a file, it’s not deleted, worse, it’s copied to the recycle bin, and when it’s printed, it’s sent to a spool file. Forensics teams therefore have many hunting grounds for documents.
Option 1 – How to disable the Recycle Bin
Click on the Recycle Bin to select it
Right Click on “Recycle Bin” > Properties (Last Option)
Select the radial button – “Don’t move files to Recycle Bin (Remove files when deleted)”
Stops a copy of the file being sent to the Recycle bin (insecure)
Option 2 – If you want to use the Recycle Bin – but run a proper Deletion programme to delete files (Windows 7 has no secure delete ability – it leaves files intact)
Install Ccleaner – the instructions are here:
Windows Tab > System Section – Tick the box for “Empty Recycle Bin” (First Option)
Run Cleaner button (Bottom right-hand side)
CCleaner will warn that this will permanently delete files
Option 3 – Use the Right Click menu to delete the files in the Recycle bin
Ccleaner integrates into your Windows 7 right hand menu, so if you want to delete files directly from the Recycle Bin, then:
Right click on the Recycle Bin > Run CCleaner (From the right click menu as shown)
Option 4 – Clear all the free space on your drive
First, decide the number of passes (to overwrite the data)
3 passes – this is for ordinary data
7 passes – sensitive files
35 passes – for mission critical files, such as the recipe to Diet Coke. It’s unlikely you’d need this, but it’s there just in case. Use this for highly sensitive files, rather than all the free space.
Tools > Drive Wiper > tick C drive
Security – Number of passes on the drive (go for 3 passes).
That’s it! Leave it running overnight, and in the morning, all that sensitive data will be gone. And you’ll have far more free space on your drive.