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Want to run a scan from a USB. (looking for a portable scanner)


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#1 RhaegarTargaryen

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:50 AM

Im looking for a scanner that i can instal onto a USB and use on multiple computers without having to install it on the computers. Is there a program? IF not is there a way to make this work with other programs? Malwarebytes, AVG, Etc.



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 01:38 PM

List of Free Scan & Disinfection Tools which can be used to supplement your anti-virus and anti-spyware or get a second opinion:

Note: Many of these tools are stand-alone applications contained within zipped files...meaning they require no installation so after extraction, they can be copied to and run from usb drives.

Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit and Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool are two of the more effective scanners recommended for use on a usb drive.

 


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:05 PM

But will these boot from a USB?



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:28 PM

Not all...most are intended to be used to scan from a usb. This link may be more what you are looking for.

List of Anti-virus vendors that offer free LiveCD/Rescue CD utilities
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 10:27 PM

@ RhaegarTargaryen, do you mean, will the programs that quietman7 listed launch or run on any computer using the USB stick?

Meaning once you have actually downloaded and installed for example Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your computer, copy the installed folder to a USB stick, insert the USB stick into any computer and instantly run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

 

What an amazing list QM7! :thumbup2:



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:50 PM

Exactly I want to be able to run the program without installing it on every computer I plug the USB into



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:51 PM

@Quietman7 What do the rescue CD's do? A friend of mine pointed me towards them as well.



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:07 AM


LiveCD/Rescue CD/USB utilities are tools provided by most anti-virus vendors to assist with difficult to remove malware without having to boot into Windows. They are primarily used to boot from and repair unbootable or damaged systems, rescue data, and scan the system for malware infections. With a bootable virus scanning utility, you create a flash drive or CD/DVD disc from a working computer and then use it on an infected machine to scan the hard drive for malware. These types of utilities permit offline scanning which can disinfect malware from outside the infected Windows system. The advantage of offline scans is that they can be used when the malware is not running and interfering with the clean-up process. Rescue CD’s typically come as an ISO image file that can be written to a CD or installed on a USB flash drive which is then used to boot-up the computer to run the live operating system in memory.

How to Use An Antivirus Boot Disc or USB Drive to Ensure Your Computer is Clean
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:11 PM

I guess you are looking for free software?


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:51 PM

@Didier Stevens. No not necessarily, if I can find a program that works and is dependable ill be more than happy to pay for it.



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 05:15 PM

McAfee has a product called "McAfee VirusScan Command Line". It uses the engine and signatures of their VirusScan product with GUI, but it's command line and does not require installation.

 

However, I'm no longer able to find it on their site. Maybe they discontinued it.


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:00 PM

VSCL is still listed in knowledgebase articles but they say to download the latest version from the McAfee Downloads site. The last release date was June 17, 2013.

McAfee VirusScan Command Line scanner (VSCL)
How to perform a VirusScan Command Line scan in Microsoft Windows

A search of the download site said "No results found for the given search criteria."

Command-line parameters are available in Stinger...they are in the help menu within Stinger.
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 07:57 PM

Malwarebytes Techbench USB Tool Help

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A copy from Malwarebytes site that you should visit - Much more than just the "old program" these days.


Edited by noknojon, 12 November 2014 - 07:58 PM.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 03:03 AM

VSCL is still listed in knowledgebase articles but they say to download the latest version from the McAfee Downloads site. The last release date was June 17, 2013.McAfee VirusScan Command Line scanner (VSCL)How to perform a VirusScan Command Line scan in Microsoft WindowsA search of the download site said "No results found for the given search criteria."Command-line parameters are available in Stinger...they are in the help menu within Stinger.


Thanks quietman7. I see now that it is an enterprise product, because you need a grand number to download it.

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 05:39 AM

Malwarebytes Techbench USB Tool Help
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A copy from Malwarebytes site that you should visit - Much more than just the "old program" these days.

OP is looking for something bootable...Techbench is not.

Malwarebytes Techbench: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on a stick <- portable version for computer repair shops
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