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portable apps, the spanky list
03-03-2009, 03:06 PM
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portable apps, the spanky list
heres a list of bits I posted to my blog, thought you tech savvy lot might like a butchers

I use pendrives/external usb harddrives all the time now, rather alarmingly my entire life seems to be carried on these devices. So what do I use to remain secure and what applications do I use day in, day out, well here's the list.

http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php
TrueCrypt: File and Partition encryption.
By far the easiest way to secure to portable data. TrueCrypt allows you to mount an encrypted file or partition as a new drive letter. Great for storing email/browser applications, passwords and other sensitive information, in case the unthinkable should happen and you lose your pendrive.

http://www.avast.com/eng/down_cleaner.html
Avast Stinger: Virus Scanner and Remover for a select number of virus's
This tool will help you remove selected worm infections from your computer.

http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/
McAfee Stinger: Just like Avast Above
Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses.

http://www.mxone.net/en/
Mx One: Portable Antivirus Scanner
Mx One is an antivirus designed for protect the devices of extraible storage like memory sticks.

http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/Downl...ctions.asp
Norton Security Scan: Not entirely portable
But hey, you can't have too many virus scanners right? It does require an internet connection to grab the definitions, and will leave the update files on the computer its used on. Download it, install it locally, copy the program folder to the pendrive, then uninstall the application.

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
Spybot - Search and Destory: My preferred antispyware application
Never found this to be completely portable, but still running this from the pendrive is better than nothing. You will need to install the program locally and copy to the pendrive, you then need to "attrib -s -a -h *.exe" in a command window to unhide the application "spybotSD.exe" which is the programs main executable.

http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/?q=download
CDex: Audio CD ripping software
CDex can extract the data directly (digital) from an Audio CD. The resulting audio file can be a plain WAV file (useful for making compilation audio CDs) or the ripped audio data can be compressed/mp3/wma using an audio encoder.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/7...nel_21.exe
WinXP Virtual CD Control Panel: Mount an ISO in XP fast!
Very quick to install a drive letter and mount an ISO image. Windows XP only.

http://www.download.com/3001-2094_4-1084...6ce8d9eca0
Ultimate Defrag: What it says on the tin
Loads of options, platter view shows you where all your data is hiding. Install, copy to pendrive and uninstall.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysin...97428.aspx
Contig
http://cid-94a12102e5094675.skydrive.liv...menter.zip
Power Defrag: Sysinternals defrag program + GUI
You need both parts to the program, the command line utility and the graphical user interface.

http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds/...leCcleaner
Crap Cleaner
One of my most used programs. Gets rid of tmp/log files, registry problems, disable unwanted startup programs.

http://www.softperfect.com/products/networkscanner/
NetScan: network IP scanner
Used for when I can't remember the web interface ip address for all those devices residing on the network.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysin...93683.aspx
Sysinternals Suite: Er.... something of everything in there
From the people that wrote windows, utilities to cover most of everything. Highlights are:- <strong>Autoruns</strong>: lists everything loaded at startup, find that spyware or virus load point. <strong>Procexp</strong>: Shows processes running and the calling application as well as processor usage. <strong>TCPView</strong>: Shows all external communications and what ports your programs are running on.

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Dri...70699160/1
Driver Grabber: Grab a copy of your system drivers
Useful if you intend to reinstall windows or a lite version on a seperate partition, or if you just want a backup of your device drivers. The ini is set to skip Microsoft drivers as standard, so remove those lines if you want them too.

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/regalyzer/index.html
RegAlyzer: Registery editing application
From the same people as Spybot - Search and Destroy. Its been my experience that some virus's delete the regedit program, so it handy to have one to hand for when your looking at someone's machine.

http://portableapps.com/
Portableapps.com Applications
A very useful collection of utilities for your pendrive, a selection of the one's I use most are below.

7-zip
Compression utility for dealing zip, rar and tar files.

InfraRecorder
I have stopped using Nero, I use this instead, ISO support is awesome, especially for backing up your optical disks, made a copy of my original xp install disk, which I go back to time and time again.

Notepad++
Reads any type of text file and even some that aren't. Must have for anyone working with web files.

Thunderbird
Mozilla's email client. I personally run it in imap mode and keep all my email server side. So I have my email anywhere.

Filezilla
FTP Client, for dumping and grabing files off the internet.

Firefox
Mozilla's web browser, I use this as my browser of choice.

Pidgin
Portable messenger client with support for most of the popular services.

There thats all, enjoy.
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03-07-2009, 09:06 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
You should add:

http://www.logmein.com
For free remote access to your PC
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03-08-2009, 07:50 PM (This post was last modified: 03-08-2009 07:53 PM by nicster.)
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
you've stuck a load of virus scanners but are they the resident versions to look after you machine without scheduling stuff?

if not id say, 1 of the following (both free),

antivir from - http://www.free-av.com
avg from - http://free.avg.com

btw - Sysinternals stuff isnt written by peop who wrote windows, the 2 dudes were bought out by msoft last year

another good util i have on machine is http://www.dvdshrink.org, v good sw for dvd backup

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03-09-2009, 01:46 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
I wont go anywhere near logmein, nothing like deliberately putting a back door into your system. If you have a windows server, its real easy to configure the vpn service and get a decent, secure connection, and for home, the whs (windows home server) takes care of remote access through its own proxy.

As for resident av scanners, the idea of the list was for portable apps. If you want memory resident, comodo is 1 that is available and its free. The idea is for sorting out peoples machines, before you plug them into your home network.

As for dvd I just rip the vobs with dvd decrypter and drop on divx encoder v7, which is a vast improvement over the v6 encoder.
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03-22-2009, 08:48 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
quick question

my mum has xp service pack 1 (cant upgrade graphics card wont hansdle it)

AVG free v7.5 will lose support on 12 april. v8.5 does not work on sp1

is there anything else she can have??

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03-22-2009, 09:15 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
yes a new computer Big Grin

Go on there is still 3.45 hours left for mothers day Wink

Surprise her Big Grin

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03-26-2009, 05:06 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
I have xp running on a 650mhz PIII Laptop, it boots extremely quickly (disabled loads of services) and that is patched to SP3.

there really is no reason why you cant run it, maybe you just need new drivers for the vga
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03-27-2009, 01:00 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
where would i find these??

cause i have the same issue with my work PC.

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03-27-2009, 01:23 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
first place to check is windows update, then the manufacturers website

if you need to identify the card use gpu-z, linkage below
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/
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04-01-2009, 04:51 PM
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RE: portable apps, the spanky list
nice like confickter scanner detcts infected pcs
http://www.mcafee.com/us/enterprise/confickertest.html

updated stinger just for confickter removal
http://vil.nai.com/vil/conficker_stinger...ficker.exe

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