Solved Things to put on a pendrive portable...

Gateway laptop / W322
January 21, 2014 at 07:50:36
Specs: Lubuntu Linux i686 / windows xp
(It should be noted that I am using the pen drive on windows xp sp3)

I recently discovered the convenience of pen drive applications, and was wondering if there was an opinion of must have things to put on a "portable computer".

On another note, I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on clamwin antivirus.

thanks.

mike

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January 23, 2014 at 19:31:23
I'm assuming your using the apps from PortableApps.com. The best of which (IMHO) is LibreOffice Portable and Iron Portable. The games are also quite fun as well. There's also other things that can be made mostly portable. One of my favorites is metapad (a notepad replacement):

http://liquidninja.com/metapad/

A lot of older Windows games can be "made portable" as well. A few of my favorites are Microsoft Pinball Arcade, the old Atari Games for Windows 3.1 (Asteroids/Centipede/Missile Command, etc.) and most of the games from the old (Win3.0/3.1) Windows Entertainment Packs.

Also, there's a few others things from here:

http://xtort.net/freeware/office-an...

Clamwin is an effective scanner, but, as mentioned, it's not a "real-time" scanner. While I use it on my "work flash-drive", the drive gets scanned routinely with other anti-virus packages...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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January 21, 2014 at 13:34:10
Pen drives are not very dependable so don't store important files on them.

The only programs that would be advantageous to run off any portable drive would be things that you want to use to troubleshoot or fix another computer. Many program will not even run off removable media.

Memtest86+, Ccleaner Portable are two that come to mind.


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January 21, 2014 at 14:15:02
I have been using Firefox portable, as a convenience tool at work, so that I don't have to clear things out when I leave. It was mostly a curiosity, I don't tend to store anything non replaceable anywhere without a copy(Thank you for the reminder though, it never hurts to keep in mind)

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January 22, 2014 at 09:40:36
"I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on clamwin antivirus"

From their website:

Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

http://www.clamwin.com/


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#4
January 22, 2014 at 11:04:54
Stating the obvious but if you have an AV on there you will need to keep it up to date otherwise it won't catch the latest nasties.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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January 22, 2014 at 16:00:24
There are many decent utilities found under"portable apps" search. I also use panda's usb vaccine so autorun.inf viruses don't jump on my portable drive and then onto another computer and so on.

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January 23, 2014 at 19:31:23
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I'm assuming your using the apps from PortableApps.com. The best of which (IMHO) is LibreOffice Portable and Iron Portable. The games are also quite fun as well. There's also other things that can be made mostly portable. One of my favorites is metapad (a notepad replacement):

http://liquidninja.com/metapad/

A lot of older Windows games can be "made portable" as well. A few of my favorites are Microsoft Pinball Arcade, the old Atari Games for Windows 3.1 (Asteroids/Centipede/Missile Command, etc.) and most of the games from the old (Win3.0/3.1) Windows Entertainment Packs.

Also, there's a few others things from here:

http://xtort.net/freeware/office-an...

Clamwin is an effective scanner, but, as mentioned, it's not a "real-time" scanner. While I use it on my "work flash-drive", the drive gets scanned routinely with other anti-virus packages...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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January 24, 2014 at 08:51:02
Thank you for all the suggestions,
@T-R-A I had not considered older windows games. So far I have also found virtualbox portable to open up other possibilities for dos gaming.

@HopperRox I had thought about setting up something to prevent an autoruns issue, however my understanding is that all panda does is make an autorun.inf, and then make it a system file. I am not sure if that would stop a truly malicious coder. However I will look into the panda options none the less.

Thank you for the suggestions in regards to anti virus as well. Normally I run avast and mawarebytes, however was looking for something portable for a quick check of others setup. I guess I will just stick with malwarebytes on the drive for issues, and fake it from there.

::mike


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#8
January 24, 2014 at 09:25:09
This is a way I use to protect flash drives (originated from a website, plus my Update):

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Creating an autorun file yourself won’t work. virii will delete it, even if it’s read only.

The best way to stop virii from installing their own autorun.Inf file is to use the dos command line.
Switch it to each USB Flash Drive using its drive letter and do this:

mkdir autorun.inf (this creates an autorun folder)
cd autorun.inf (opens the folder)
mkdir .\con\ (this creates an undeletable folder inside the autorun folder)

Do this on any USB device and it’s impossible for virii to create evil autorun files on that device.

Note that the folder Con cannot be created in Windows (OK in Command Prompt or Linux).
It can only be deleted from a flash drive using Linux or by formatting the flash drive.
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UPDATE: I found that this command will remove the CON folder above:
rd .\con\
(which I guess means a clever hacker could do the same, although there are several other forbidden Windows names, not just con).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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