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  • Wipe lists in R-Wipe&Clean

Wipe lists are a very powerful feature in R-Wipe&Clean that enables its users to wipe and clear various items, like files, folders, and registry records, that are not included in the "out-of-the-box" list. Those items can be combined into a special catalog, called "a wipe list," and cleared and wiped in one single action.

Usually wipe lists are used for the following cases:

  • When it's necessary to clear or wipe traces and files/folders from an application that R-Wipe&Clean currently doesn't support.
  • When the user needs to regularly wipe their user-specific files in certain user-specific locations. Such locations and files/folders may be specified directly or by using file extensions or complex file masks.
  • Advanced users may create their own wipe lists to clear very specific or rarely appearing traces, for example, some system traces that are incompatible with R-Wipe&Clean or to clear traces that may somehow affect system operations.

A wipe list to wipe files on a USB removable memory stick
Fig.1. A wipe list to wipe files on a USB removable memory stick
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In this wipe list the following items will be wiped or kept:

In the E:\Docs folder: files with the .doc and .docx extensions will be wiped. Files with the .odt and .rtf extensions will be kept. Files in the TMP folders will be wiped. Files in the Final folder will be kept. Files in subfoders will be wiped, too.

In the E:\PDF folder: files with the .pdf extension will be wiped. Files in subfoders will be wiped, too.

In the E:\XLSX folder: files with the .xls and .xlsx extensions will be wiped. Files with the .ods extension will be kept.

Processing of wipe lists can be started manually, or such wipe lists can be included into a large wipe and clean task, which, in its turn can be started manually or scheduled to a certain time or event.

R-Wipe&Clean distinguishes between SSD devices and conventional hard drives and wipes files on them accordingly.

Wipe lists are stored in R-Wipe&Clean as separate files which can be easily transferred from one computer to another.

Items can be easily added to a wipe list in several ways:

  • All items can be added directly using the R-Wipe&Clean main panel. File and folder names may be specified explicitly, or using extensions or complex masks. Similarly, registry keys and their values can be specified using their full or partial names and values. Some auxiliary parameter may be specified, like "read only" and "hidden", with the necessary warning.
  • Files and folders can be added directly from Windows components, like File Explorer, and third-party programs (File Manager) through their shortcut menus if certain R-Wipe&Clean options are enabled.
  • Files and folders may be dragged from Windows components and third-party programs and dropped to the R-Wipe&Clean's wipe list panel.

Adding a registry key to a wipe list (the Touch interface)
Fig.2. Adding a registry key to a wipe list (the Touch interface).
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You can read more about creating and managing wipe lists in R-Wipe&Clean help page "Wipe Lists".

There's a more advanced tool to create and process wipe lists: R-Wipe&Clean Smart. You may read more about it in R-Wipe&Clean help page "R-Wipe & Clean Smart overview".

As an example of a simple wipe list, we'll create a wipe list to remove traces of files downloaded using the BitTorrent program. This wipe list will erase torrent files used to search for and download files using the BitTorrent technology. The downloaded files will remain untouched.

Torrent files have two extensions: .torrent for torrent files and .magnet for magnet link files. They may be stored either in the Downloads or in the BitTorrent program folders. That's why we need to erase those files in these folders.

To create the wipe list: Go to the Wipe Lists section and click the "Create new Wipe List" button.
Create a new wipe list
Fig.3. Create a new wipe list.
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A new wipe list will appear.
Click the "Add Folder" button.
A new wipe list
Fig.4. A new wipe list.
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Now specify the first folder and file masks to wipe.
BitTorrent's folder and file masks to wipe
Fig.5. BitTorrent's folder and file masks to wipe.
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Then add the other folder and file masks. %APPDATA% is an environment variable for C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Roaming.

Now the wipe list is ready. You may start clearing the items in the wipe list either by clicking the "Clean Now" button on the wipe list.
Wipe list for the BitTorrent program
Fig.6. Wipe list for the BitTorrent program.
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Alternatively, you can select "Wipe List" in the tree on the Navigation panel and click the "Wipe & Clean Now" button.
Clearing the wipe list for the BitTorrent program
Fig.7. Clearing the wipe list for the BitTorrent program.
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When R-Wipe&Clean finishes wiping the list, it will show the results of this operation.
Wiping results
Fig.8. Wiping results.
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You may include this wipe list into a larger wipe and clean task. Read more about this in the R-Wipe&Clean help: Wiping Tasks and Scheduler.

You may also find more information about R-Wipe&Clean helpful:
* R-Wipe & Clean manual.
* R-Wipe & Clean on-line help.
Also, join the discussion about R-Wipe & Clean on the R-TT Forum.

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R-W&C has a feature that I really could learn to appretiate while looking for ways to speed-up family and friends pc`s: the wiping of the MFT. There is a reduction of the MFT size and an a quite noticeable increase in system response time due to that. Many times I would like to ONLY do the MFT, but alas as it is a secondary option of the Unused Space option, I always loose a lot of time wiping a ...
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Hi,
for some time I`ve been using your Wipe & Clean program. I find it excellent. There is one question I`d like to ask though. Wouldn`t it be a good idea to change the cleaning routine that the program runs through? I was wondering if scrubbing the filetable and the empty diskspace would make more sense after cleaning all the other traces then before.
Wondering what you might think about this.
Kind regards,
Vokt