File deletion can be automated to a certain extend on computer systems. Take the cache of an Internet browser for example. It can be set to be automatically be deleted whenever the browser closes. Or the temporary files of a computer system. They too can be deleted during system shutdown.
Auto Delete by Dario Volaric is a similar tool for Windows that offers some of this functionality.
The main difference is that it will run at system startup or when the user executes it manually. Another difference is that it will only delete files in the directory if they are older than the age specified by the user. The time frame ranges from 1 day to 1 year.
The user can include subfolders automatically, select if the files should be moved to the recycle bin, or if a status window should be shown during the deletion.
The software program will automatically close after the job has ended. The main limitation of it is that it can only process one target folder. It is also unlikely that the software developer will update the program anytime soon because the last update dates back to 2005.
Do you know of a similar application that can delete files if they are older than x? Let us know in the comments.
Update: The program has not been updated in over six years, which may indicate that it is not working properly anymore with never versions of the Windows operating system. Interested users can try the free alternative Belvedere instead which can automatically deleted files older than a certain age, and a lot more. The program has last been updated in 2012 at the time of writing, which means that it is still in active development.
Update 2: The author's website is no longer available. We have uploaded the last release version of Auto Delete to our own download server for archiving purposes. Please note that we don't support the program in any way. You can download the program with a click on the following link: Auto Delete
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