NOTE TO EXISTING CUSTOMERS: Since December 2005 the program has a feature that will check your version and, if needed, offer to automatically update your copy to the latest version. You can check if that option is available in your version by looking for a "Check for Updates" option within the "Help" pull-down menu. Otherwise, you will need to download and install the full installation this time (and the option will be available for future updates). It's safe to use either update method with your current data, as the installation process will detect and preserve any existing data and settings you have.
VERSION 3.5.0 (Released: 2/27/2016)
Increased the size of the Help fonts.
Updated copyright material and migrated from VB5 to VB6.
Removed the requirement to run the program with Admin rights.
VERSION 2.9.8 (Released: 3/7/2011)
Enhanced some processes to run faster.
VERSION 2.9.7 (Released: 1/8/2009)
Improved the look of the status window.
VERSION 188.8.131.52 (Released: 12/18/2008)
Modestly improved the look and feel of the Help System.
VERSION 2.9.6 (Released: 11/25/2008)
Added the ability to type in a folder name rather than only select it from a folder tree.
VERSION 2.9.3 (Released: 11/12/2008)
Modified some of the graphics to enhance the presentation.
VERSION 2.9.2 (Released: 11/9/2008)
Improved the presentation of the "Quick Start" information.
VERSION 2.9.0 (Released: 5/25/2007)
Converted the Help System to HTML Help to ensure Windows Vista compatibility.
VERSION 2.7.4 - 2.7.8 (Released: 3/23/2007)
Made improvements to the color scheme and added some other underlying adjustments to make the program run better.
VERSION 2.7.3 (Released: 1/23/2007)
Improved the way the directory will change the results of the files being viewed if the keyboard is used.
VERSION 2.7.2 (Released: 1/20/2007)
Improved the color scheme of the program.
VERSION 2.6.7 (Released: 12/06/2005)
Added a feature where the program will check if the version being evaluated is older than 30 days and offer the option to check for updates.
VERSION 2.2 - 2.6 (Released: 01/22/2005)
Made several cosmetic changes (primarily the adjustment of color schemes) and added several cool special effects: windows pop, expand, and slide onto the screen — and then, when being closed, they snap, implode, and slide off the screen.
VERSION 2.1 - 2.2
Made many changes to optimize how the program works running under Windows 2000 and above.
Enhanced the Help System to support hyperlinks to the Internet.
Polished the Help System in some areas to make it more succinct.
Added the ability to securely remove folders (and any subfolders) and the files in those folders with a single command. (Just select "Delete Selected Items" from the "File" pull-down menu (or press the "Delete" key on your keyboard) without selecting any files and a confirmation to delete the current folder will be shown giving you the opportunity to delete that folder, its subfolders, and all the files in them.)
Added a Quick Start window.
Updated the File List display to show the date of the file in a more fixed way (for visual purposes).
Put the Sort by... option under the "File" pull-down menu and made it so you can quickly toggle between sorting by File Name or File Date by pressing Ctrl+S.
Made it so that the original file size gets changed: now any file recovery utility that might be able to retrieve the deleted file will only be able to pull up an empty file with a different name, date, and even a different size than the original file. (No information about the deleted file, not even its original size, will be available).
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Changed to a new (better) 3rd party installation engine.
Tweaked the overwrite process to work much faster while still being just as secure.
Made the deletion progress more friendly by showing the status of both each individual file and an overall picture of all the files being deleted. (NOTE: Since File Monster does not waste time doing what it does, this status bar may go by rather quickly and is more useful for when a lot of files, or particularly large files, are being erased and deleted.)
Added the ability to toggle between two different sort modes: by file names or by the files' date/time stamp.
Added the ability to easily mark all the files in a folder for erasure & deletion.
Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Me, and 9x.
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