strong>PrivaZer is a nifty utility that can eliminate unnecessary data on the system easily and efficiently. Unlike most cleaning utilities, which stress the fact that they contribute to boosting the system’s overall performance, this tool focuses on protecting your privacy at the same time achieving some performance improvements.
The application is free of charge and also has a portable version for those that want to avoid the installation process.
Looks are simple and the developer conceived it for both the beginner user as well as for the more experienced one. From the start, you get to customize it for your own needs by going through some configuration steps, according to your level of experience.
Seasoned users have more control over the cleaning process while beginners get only a glimpse of all the cleaning abilities available in the application. At the end of the customization process, you can save the settings file locally for later use.
For total control over the areas that are scanned and cleaned, head to the main menu. It makes available multiple operations, from in-depth scanning of the entire system to targeting a specific type of information: Internet traces, remnants of old files or details left behind as a result of using various programs.
Furthermore, PrivaZer can detect invalid files and errors in Windows Registry, securely delete files and folders or schedule automatic cleaning procedures (not available in the portable version).
The application is capable of cleaning external devices with data storage abilities (SD cards, NAS, MP3 players, USB keys, external drive, etc.). Regardless of the device type, it’ll look for any sort of traces in MFT (Master File Table), USN Journal, free space as well as the Recycle Bin.
When it comes to checking the system drive, PrivaZer is quite impressive as it goes through every nook and cranny in search for invalid, obsolete or unnecessary data as well as traces left behind from simply using the computer.
It may look like a regular cleaning utility but it also integrates privacy upholding features by providing multiple sanitizing algorithms to choose from, depending on the type of media storage (flash, magnetic disk, RAM).
These include multi-pass standards used by official military organizations and ensure secure cleaning with little to no chance to recover the files. Among them are algorithms used by US Navy, NSA, US Department of Defense or the Russian GOST.
PrivaZer can look into the deep corners of the system and eliminate useless items abandoned from operations such as OS updates, software installation or web browsing (supports Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari).
The data that can be removed in the case of browser is extensive enough to comprise typed info, HTML5 caches (if available), search history, old version files or search history, apart from the list of visited sites, cache, saved passwords or download history.
As far as cookies are concerned, the developer created a separate section for them, where you can add the ones you want to keep. The scan process searches for cookies in all the browsers and lists them. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to pick the entries you want to keep from the scan results panel.