Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Association of Digital forensics, Security and Law


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Information Science




Woodward, A. J., & Valli, C. (2007). Do Current Erasure Programs Remove Evidence of BitTorrent Activity?. Proceedings of Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law. (pp. 147-158). Arlington, Virginia. Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. Available here


This research in progress aims to evaluate the effectiveness of commercial programs to erase traces of the use of BitTorrent software. The erasure programs MaxErase, P2PDoctor, Privacy Suite, Window Washer and R-Clean and Wipe were used on a machine that had used the BitTorrent client Azureus to download two torrent files. The drive was imaged and then searched for torrent files. The registry was also examined on the source machine. The program R-Clean and Wipe left evidence in both the registry and the image of the name and type of files that had been downloaded with this software. Of greater concern was that the software MaxErase, P2PDoctor, Window Washer and Privacy Suite claimed to erase evidence of P2P activity, but did not remove evidence of torrent activity. Current erasure tools do not appear to be effective at removing traces of BitTorrent activity.

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