This article is about computer disposal but is also relevant to your question:
First, you should understand that deleting files, and even formatting your hard drive, are not sufficient. Both processes really just remove the information the hard drive needs to find the data, not the data itself. Deleted files can be undeleted and formatted hard drives can be recovered.
To be sure that your data is removed beyond all practical ability to recover it, you should use a wiping or erasing utility. These tools overwrite every sector of the hard drive with binary 1’s and 0’s. Those that meet government security standards even overwrite each sector multiple times for added protection.
Erasing Your Personal Data Before You Sell or Trash Your Hard Drive
Have you tried deleting the desktop shortcut, empty the recycle bin then running the cleaning program?]]>
I also have a program that cleans my registry etc., and I notice that afterwards I have more in my recycle bin and I have had to restore some things that I didn’t want deleted. That is why I am hesitant to delete my recycle bin. If there are any alternatives, I would really appreciate knowing about them.
How can I prevent them permanently from showing up on my desktop?
With Win7 it has a defrag scheduled by default. The only thing is it is set to run a something like 1am, when most people have their machines off. Defragment Your Windows 7 Computer Just set the schedule to a time when your computer is on and it won’t interfer with your work.]]>