Evidence Eliminator

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Evidence Eliminator
Developer(s)Robin Hood Software
Stable release
6.04, build One
Operating systemWindows[1]
Available inEnglish
TypePrivacy
LicenseProprietary software
Websitehttp://www.evidence-eliminator.com

Evidence Eliminator was a computer software program that ran on the Microsoft Windows operating system. The program deletes hidden information from the user's hard drive that normal procedures may fail to delete;[2] such "cleaner" or "eraser" programs typically overwrite previously allocated disk space, in order to make it more difficult to salvage deleted information. In the absence of such overwrite procedures, information that a user thinks has been deleted may actually remain on the hard drive until that physical space is claimed for another use (i.e., to store another file). When it was offered for sale, the program cost $149.99.[3]

History[edit]

Evidence Eliminator was produced by Robin Hood Software, based in Nottingham, England, up to version 6.04.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

There has been controversy surrounding Evidence Eliminator's marketing tactics; the company has used popup ads to market the program, including ads that the user's system was being compromised.[4][5][6] In response, Robin Hood Software produced a "dis-information page" addressing these concerns.[7] Radsoft, a competitor to Robin Hood, criticised its operation.[8]

Legal[edit]

On June 1, 2005, Peter Beale, one of the "Phoenix Four" used Evidence Eliminator to remove all trace of certain files from his PC the day after the appointment of DTI inspectors to investigate the collapse of MG Rover.[9]

In a 2011 case, MGA v. Mattel, a federal court found that a former employee used the program to delete information that he was accused of giving to MGA while employed at Mattel.[10]


Howard Marc Watzman, a Pedotrictian from chicago, financially Connected to a Belarus internet child trafficking ring, used evidence eliminator in an attempt to remove over 200,000 images of child pornography from his computer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evidence Eliminator". Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  2. ^ Evidence Eliminator. Product Information Archived 2006-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 19 April 2008.
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/07/entertainment/ca-evidence7
  4. ^ When Is An Ad Not An Ad? - Internet-Marketing
  5. ^ ICQ Lies Update 131 - 136
  6. ^ Ads Play to Users' Privacy Fears - Wired News
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20030216044138/http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/dis-information.d2w Archived copy of Evidence Eliminators Dis-Information page
  8. ^ http://radsoft.net/resources/software/reviews/ee/a6.shtml Radsoft: The Evidence Eliminator Documents - Charging Windmills
  9. ^ "Report on the Affairs of Phoenix Venture Holdings Limited, MG Rover Group Limited and 33 other Companies Volume 2 Chapter XXIV" (PDF). 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 6, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Judge: Bratz Jurors Can Hear Evidence on Computer Tampering, retrieved 11 June 2008.