Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Build a PC Defense System on USB

Keep your computer in good running order by running anti-virus applications apart from your PC. Using the Portable Apps platform, you can set up an economical USB flash drive to run like it's own desktop.


Installation is simple:

First, go to the PortableApps.com download page and get the application.
  1. In a moment or two, you should see a prompt to download or a downloading message from your browser's download manager.
    Opening PortableApps.com_Platform_Setup.exe. You have chosen to open: PortableApps.com_Platform_Setup.exe. Would you like to save this file? - or - PortableApps.com_Platform_Setup.exe 2 seconds left
    If you do not see a download message, switch back to the tab in your browser labeled 'Download PortableApps.com: Portable Software/USB' and click the link to download again.
  2. If asked, select to save to a location where you can easily find the file like your Desktop or your Downloads directory.
    Enter the name of file to save to...
  3. Once downloaded, run the file by double-clicking it from your Desktop or Downloads directory or single-clicking it in your browser's download manager.
    PortableApps.com_Platform_Setup.exe on the desktop and in the Chrome download manager
  4. Select to Run the file at the security prompt noting that the publisher is listed as 'Rare Ideas, LLC', indicating that it is digitally signed for your security.
    Open File - Security Warning. Do you want to run this file?
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts for the platform installer, selecting the location you would like to install to.
    This wizard will guide you through the installation of the PortableApps.com Platform
    Tip: It's best to install to the root directory if you're installing it to your portable device (D:\, E:\, or similar) or the base directory of your cloud drive (C:\Users\Username\Dropbox, C:\Users\Username\Google Drive, or similar) for easiest access.
  6. Select the Apps tab and choose your antivirus/PC utilities.
You'll have to click through the license/privacy statements for each app you select, but it only takes a minute to set up.  What apps are available?  Here's a sample:

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