Posted 22 February 2006 - 05:36 AM
The more I think about that question the less simple the answer gets... It depends on how the program authors handle the copyright and registration process. But with most freeware there are no complications. If you can download an installer
program, for example the current version of Spybot Search and Destroy spybotsd14.exe
, then that can be saved to your flash drive and copied onto another computer. Once on the other computer you run it to install the program and it is just the same as though you had downloaded it on that PC.
E.g. Ewido can be downloaded from http://www.ewido.net/en/download/
. The file you recieve is ewido-setup.exe
which can be used to install ewido on another PC. Whether it can be used
on that PC depends on the operating system, because ewido is only compatible with Windows 2000, NT and XP machines.
Continuing with the example of ewido, you can also download the latest anti-malware updates from http://www.ewido.net/en/download/updates/
and copy those to your flash drive to transfer to the other PC. When ewido is installed on the problem PC you can then do a manual update
of ewido using this file and you will have the latest anti-malware package ready to run without the PC being connected to the internet at any stage.
Note that you are not running the anti-malware programs from
the flash drive, that is simply a medium used to transfer the installer and an update file.
Soltek QBIC, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB, Netgear 54Mb/s WAP, ridiculously expensive Satellite Broadband
Windows XP Home SP2, Trend Micro Internet Security, Firefox, Thunderbird, AdAwareSE, Spybot S&D, SpywareBlaster, A-squared Free, Ewido Security Suite.