Eliminating File Trace by Erasing Metadata

While reading title above, you’d probably ask, what’s the connection between eliminating file trace with erasing metadata?

Metadata is an information detail stored in almost all files. This information can contain your name, company/organization, computer name, network server name, comment, file creator name, revision detail, etc. Metadata can be great tracker to see the “track” and “origin” of a file.

How to see it is by right-click on file -> properties -> details

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By such function, metadata can be useful or creating loss, according to how the user use it. The example of metadata usage in daily life is:

Lecturer would be able to track who the real author from assignment file sent by students. If there are some identical or similar assignments, the lecturer can try to track who the original owner of the assignment.

Tracking above mostly succeed because most of computer user don’t aware that in each file is stored various metadata contained those information.

Then, how to erase metadata information in the file?

This is how to erase metadata in document file:

Right click on file -> Properties -> Details -> Remove Properties and Personal information

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Remove the following properties from this file -> Select the information you want to be erased (or click on Select All) -> OK

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The document metadata information has been erased.

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How to erase metadata in image file.

The steps are almost the same with erasing metadata in document file.

Right click on file -> Properties -> Details -> Remove Properties and Personal information

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Remove the following properties from this file -> Select the information you want to be erased (or click on Select All) -> OK

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The image metadata information has been erased.

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How to erase metadata in executable file (.exe. .dll, .ocx, etc)

Different with the steps in erasing metadata in document and image, erasing metadata for an executable file need help from an editor software. You can use ResEdit Resource Editor which can be downloaded for free here:

http://www.resedit.net/

After you’ve downloaded it, extract the file and run ResEdit.exe as administrator.

Right-click on ResEdit.exe -> Run as Administrator.

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Metadata information used to be located in version information part, just click on the part and edit or erase as you wish.

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Save if you’ve finished.

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Now you’ve found out how to erase metadata information in document, image even executable file. The way to erase metadata can be used to protect your privacy and file you made. Don’t misuse it… I hope it will be useful :)


Travis Brice is a computer technician and also father of two cute children. After 6 years of hard work at telecommunication company, he decides to quit his job and build his own business. Now he also writes for Spyontech on his spare time. He loves to write about operating system, especially Microsoft Windows.

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