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December 4, 2020 at 21:53:58
Specs: Win10, i3 / 16gb
if you get a portable version of software or copy the files installed on a hard drive yourself and then add them to a different hard drive to use the program without installing it, could these programs be a vulnerability or open gap in the system like when you install the software? Is it a safer way to use software by not putting the files in the registry? So would a portable version be safer for a system due to it not being installed or does it make no difference being that the files it runs off of are being kept on the hard drive altogether? You also don’t update the portable version being that it’s not installed. In that case does a portable version off a CD promise no danger?

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December 4, 2020 at 22:42:43
I install everything, I find portable too messy.

I use Softpedia &, they make you aware what Ad-supported programs the author of the program has included. They also give star ratings from the staff & the end users.

Re the CD programs, right click on any you not sure of & run your AV.

Use Unchecky to help prevent third party installs. Nothing is perfect, the badies are always ahead of the goodies, so be vigilant.
A reliable application that aims to protect your computer against third-party components often offered during software installations.

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December 5, 2020 at 03:30:39
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I use portable over installing whenever possible. The fact that nothing is being written to the Windows Registry makes it far cleaner, especially if you decide you don't like the program (no entries left after uninstall). You could also Write-protect a flash drive, something that would be difficult to do with a HDD (and still keep it useful). As long as they come from reputable sites, they would be as safe as the installed version:

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December 5, 2020 at 07:59:53
I use portable software simply for the portability. I have several apps on a USB stick that I use regularly when working on PCs - AdwCleaner, BleachBit, CCleaner, CrystalDiskInfo, Recuva, Revo Uninstaller, Speccy, etc.

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