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#1 dickward

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 12:32 PM

Tools on a flash drive


I have a handful of what I call WMD that I use for anti-virus, anti-spyware and that type of thing. I want to be able to install them on a flash drive so I can carry them around as well as just keeping them off of my regular computers to avoid slowing them down.

I do have a couple of ones that are installed and running to keep out the bad guys, but what I want to put on my flash drive is the type that remove problems after the fact.

So what’s the question? Some of them seem hell bent on to only install to the C drive, that creates a problem.

What do I need to do to get them on only my flash drive?

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:16 AM

I download everything to my Desktop. Then, when on the Desktop, I just right-click on the icon and select Send-to
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 11:43 AM

To install programs to a flash drive, you would need a "portable" version of the software.
Not all applications offer a portable version.
Your best bet would be to try something like UBCD.
It contains many useful tools, that can be run from a bootable CD, or flash drive.
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 01:08 PM

The only portable app that I know of that is a general scanner/remover is ClamWin
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/clamwin_portable

Many apps are portable, whether the vendor publishes a portable version or not. To see if an app is portable, copy the program's folder in Program Files to another drive--or even just to another folder location and then run the main executable and see if it works. Just about any downloadable casual game is portable in this way--all the installer does is create shortcuts and automate where the files are installed to and writes to the registry how to automatically uninstall. A program writing to the registry ties it to a particular computer. If the uninstall string is all that is written to the registry, when you move the program files to another folder you won't need that uninstall string because all you have to do to uninstall is delete the folder. IF you did that to the folder of an app that used an installer you would leave behind reg entries.

Any program you get that comes in the form of a zip file (as long as an installer hasn't been zipped) or self-extracting zip, is a portable app because it doesn't write to the registry. You may have to manually create your own shortcuts and place them where you want them.

If an app has to autostart it writes to the registry and isn't portable, or if it has to run in the SystemTray. Also if it runs as a service that requires writing to the registry with some complexity. For these reasons most antivurus and malware scanners aren't portable. Antivirus and other apps that include real time/on access scanners must start when windows starts. And the ones you are interested in that don't include on access scanners--most of them now run as a service.

Hmm, after checking my notes and a little searching, I see some more apps you might be interested in--still ClamWin is the only traditional antivirus that is portable. Trend Micro's SysClean and McAfee's Stinger are close to being a traditional AV, but have limits. Two pages of portable security apps are here:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?sc=115

You can get ClamWin there as well without the PAF formatting that you get with downloads from portableapps.com. That is a convenience feature for if you want to use their launcher but it limits you somewhat to what is available on their site. Plus there are other launchers around.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 01:17 PM

I had done as Mark said before I contacted your forum, to send to my flash drive then open & install there. It still ends up installed on the computer I am using to download it. When I uninstall it from that computer, it goes away from my flash as well.

Some things you can intercept it before it downloads to the C:\, but not all of them will let you do that way.

I do have a UBCD and that may be my only way out. I will also try the portable freeware site that I saw mentioned here. http://www.portablefreeware.com/?sc=115


As always thanks for your advice.

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 01:21 PM

Thanks for the info, Papakid, and the link. :thumbsup:
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Posted 21 March 2009 - 03:11 PM

I was in a hurry and misinterpreted your post as just wanting to put it on a computer, not as a carry-along scantool
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