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One Button File/Folder Delete Software (Kill Switch)

03/01/2017 6:01 PM

Hi guys,

I'm looking for a software kill switch (so to speak) that deletes selected files and folders in one click that sits on the desktop. I was wondering if there is such software out there. I was unable to find it and was hoping someone may have come across something like this.

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/01/2017 6:45 PM

Deleted files can be recovered.....are you sure you don't want a file shredder?

https://www.lifewire.com/free-file-shredder-software-programs-2619149

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/01/2017 7:10 PM

What do you have on your computer that would ever need to be deleted in an emergency and with the single push of a button at that?

The whole request and concept seems pretty implausible and suspicious to me.

Especially so if you want the files to be largely unrecoverable by normal means being everything that is to be deleted would need to be overwritten at least once and preferably twice which unlike in the movies takes a considerable amount of time to do.

To be honest the fastest most effective way to get rid of such files would be to have them on a dedicated external solid state hard drive and in the case of an emergency either physically smash and burn that or toss it in a microwave.

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03/01/2017 7:15 PM

USB drive...small 64 gigs $20

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03/01/2017 7:24 PM

Unfortunately the few people I have ever met who think that they would need to dump a lot of data in an undefined emergency tended to have it in terabytes worth volume.

Namely or at lest likely illegally downloaded videos of things they know they shouldn't have to begin with.

Or I assume so given those who have inquired about how to do such things always gave me the creepy perv/pedo vibe given what was said and known about them.

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/01/2017 7:51 PM

Sorry...my mind does not think like that.

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03/01/2017 9:30 PM

That's what all the pedos and porn collecting creeps say when they get caught.

Statistically pedos and the like score way way higher on the probability list for having things they need to delete from a computer in an undefinable emergency over whistle blowers or general mysterious do gooders.

Especially when posting anonymously on CR4.

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03/01/2017 8:13 PM

Thumbdrives are available in terabite volumes....

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03/01/2017 9:32 PM

YEa,

"It's due to ship in February, but brace yourselves for sticker shock. Kingston's previous flash drive, the one terabyte DataTraveler HyperX Predator, is currently listed on Amazon at $2,730 plus shipping."

Not really a realistic option for most people.

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/02/2017 1:41 AM

Are you arguing for more affordable options for pedos and the radicalized religous?

Your side seemed so clear a few comments ago.

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03/02/2017 9:31 AM

Not arguing anything.

Just pointing out the critical details of the links information which is that a 1 - 2 TB USB stick is unrealistically cost prohibitive for use in a smash and destroy application for the average person.

That and to be honest have you ever tried to load or unload a 1 TB external hard drive through a USB connection even a high speed rated solid state one at that?

Even at USB 3.0 speeds it's a good half day long operation per TB if not more.

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03/02/2017 9:34 AM

Fair enough.

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03/01/2017 9:58 PM

USB hard drives are too, and a lot, lot cheaper (especially if the purpose is disposal and not very-compact transportability).

A little harder to quickly destroy, but not that difficult (lets not turn this thread into a bathtub cum hard drive breaking thread).

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03/02/2017 2:10 PM

By the time these are commodities, commodity disk drives will measure in the petabtyes.

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03/01/2017 7:54 PM

I knew the first comments would be suspicion and all that. nothing of the sort. I know things are recoverable. I don't care even if it just goes to the trash or a USB device.

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03/01/2017 8:09 PM

Wait, what?

Why would you need an emergency delete button that doesn't actually get rid of the info?

Does your nemesis have an unusually short attention span? What else would keep them from checking the delete folder?

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03/01/2017 7:16 PM

I'm just curious as to why the need for one click vaporization? Sounds nefarious... dangerous even.

Just like an A.P.

Either that or you're dealing with tons o crud and have very little patience

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/01/2017 7:53 PM

As your anonymous could you please explain what the purpose is and the approximate quantity and size of the individual files and total directory sizes or data size (just roughly). Different programs and solutions exist depending on file size and quantity.

Also, just how 'gone' go you want the files as basic delete and even file shreading programs are recoverable given enough effort.

Also, how quick (roughly)? Time enough for multiple rewrites or are we talking seconds?

More information will help. Really.

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03/01/2017 8:01 PM

There is the possibility that this person is not involved in something dishonorable. This might be a whistleblower or a dissident. They might also be a radical believer or a pedo. I'm not willing to decide they are no good with zero evidence.

Okay, OP, what you want is not a rapid delete function. What you should consider is robust encryption... something along the lines of AES, Blowfish or Twofish.

You might consider a hidden volume with a hidden volume within a... using something like Truecrypt.

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03/01/2017 8:15 PM

Ok. It was just a thought first..an office discussion whether such programs exist. I thought that it would be and did an initial search to prove my point. I could not find anything. So I thought I'd come here to ask the greater community. I posted anonymous (really, am I ??) as I'm a regular and don't want to be thought of differently.

It would be simple folders containing a few pics (max of say 10) , and say 2Gb worth of programs.

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03/01/2017 8:31 PM

And why would people think differently of you?

The rapid delete? boss?

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/01/2017 8:42 PM

Programs (or scripts) exist for such a purpose. I think the more high end downloadable file management programs have features like this.

It's not really that common, and the reason is the simplicity of the act itself. Really all you need is to write your own executable script (remember command line or MS DOS anyone?) and create a desktop icon that runs the script as an executable file. Job done.

K.I.S.S.

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Re: One button file/folder delete software (kill switch)

03/02/2017 2:21 AM

Microsoft has its own board tools for this since ever I touched a computer.

Its called a batch file.

Its a text file with the ending .bat

Put you delete code in there and it will execute when you click it.

Check some old DOS commands and you will understand.

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Re: One Button File/Folder Delete Software (Kill Switch)

03/02/2017 11:24 AM

Simple, go to my computer right click c: or d: then click reformat

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03/02/2017 2:04 PM

I'll have to ask our IT manager, he managed to accidentally delete our entire production database. As I left work he was frantically trying to recover it.

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Re: One Button File/Folder Delete Software (Kill Switch)

03/02/2017 2:05 PM

You have already said that the files/folders are already highlighted, and, you don't care if the files are easily recoverable.

So, what's wrong with: 1.) the delete key on the keyboard, or, 2.) right click → delete.

I realise that neither of these quite meet with your requirement; I'm trying to understand what the constraints are that prevent you from using either of these two simple methods.

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03/02/2017 3:42 PM

So what have I learned?

  1. There are a paranoid lot that only think the worst in others
  2. Deleting files could only mean I'm a pedo or a radical (I need to see a shrink now - just in case)
  3. Put all your files onto a USB stick and take it with you at all times - kind of prohibitive in a work environment
  4. I should be more specific in my original question - and post the exact files I want to delete so ya'll can see what I want to delete.
  5. I should be more specific in my original question even though it was a very general request
  6. I could create a batch file to do the job - thank you for that suggestion.

Please note that the above is all in jest

As wrote before - it was only an office discussion - a what if question - eg. say an employee gets fired and only has a few moments to collect their stuff and no time on their PC to do anything. This came about as an employee got retrenched and there are some files / documents missing - so we just thought..."is it possible?"

Thanks again for the suggestions and the comical read...now back to posting as myself.

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03/02/2017 10:40 PM

Well why didn't you say so instead of being so vague about such a riddled subject?.

Now you can tell us who you are since we've cleared the air.

Don't you want credit for those GA points?

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03/02/2017 10:53 PM

Pretty slick, developing a conversation with your (anonymous) self to cover your tracks.

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03/02/2017 11:29 PM

lol.. I was thinking the same about you..

I can honestly say I've never once posted Anon..

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03/03/2017 12:17 AM

I have posted anonymously, once. More for effect than concern anyone would know it was me that wrote it. This was not it, though.

Do you think they are onto us?

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03/03/2017 4:58 AM

So at the risk of repeating myself: this

sits just below the desktop, or on it, depending on your definition of desktop.

And fulfils all the situational requirements.

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03/05/2017 11:20 AM

1. Past experiences have given us reason to be suspicious of AP's. A person, rational minded or otherwise, tends to not develop preconceived views of something without first having had reason to make them over some prior experience.

2. Honest people doing honest work with honest intent have nothing to hide let alone something that needs to be hidden/destroyed as quickly as possible.

3. Standard procedure in legitimate high security work.

4. Yes very. Ambiguity and lack of relevant information on your part leads to wide range speculation and assumptions on everyone else's part.

5. see #4.

6. Just steal what programs and information that could be of use to you in the future and leave the rest for someone else to clean up. *

I once ghost copied the whole hard drive of a work computer because a certain manger kept deleting certain files regarding work schedules and whatnot to get out having to honor promises and work agreements he made.

After that whenever a new work schedule or vacation schedule or some other point of continual conflict with him was made up I would copy that onto my laptop so that whenever he changed or deleted the agreed to scheduling or whatever it was it would magically show up again (thanks to me replacing his missing or changed files with the agreed upon originals) just before the event that was agreed to was to take place thusly obligating him to keep his end of whatever promises he agreed to earlier despite claiming they never took place because they were not on the computer schedules and whatnot when that event came around.

So given that even if you think you are deleting certain files that may save your butt from something. Think again. Odds are if you and your work are that important or untrustworthy someone else is already backing up your files someplace you cannot get to just to make damn sure you're right properly screwed when the time comes.

Just ask certain politicians and pseudoscientists and crooked businesspeople how that works with emails and such.

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03/03/2017 9:16 AM

The RMDIR command could be placed in a bat file that can be clicked on your desktop.

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03/06/2017 12:35 PM

Typing "Format C:" into DOS works well here...

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03/08/2017 10:29 AM

Press and hold the computer 'OFF' button.

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