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Keep your PCs clean with five portable antivirus and antimalware tools

Vipre Rescue 2

If you already use the full version of Vipre, you can still run this tool should your machine become so infected, Vipre will not run.

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41 comments
techie
techie

I also hate that I have to click and wait for each page and if I want to copy and keep the info, it makes it a major hassle, not worth my time, come on wise up. Make your pages user friendly, this is the worst display of a webpage I have ever seen. I love Tech Republic, but I sure hate it when I have to wade thru the pages.

vanierstein
vanierstein

Agreeing with previously posted comments....pain in the A#*....please folks,join in on the comments,let The powers that be @ TechRepublic Know HOW MUCH you HATE this..(or not) ..........I,for one ,absolutely,seethingly, LOATHE it !!!!!!!!!!!!

diogenes1884
diogenes1884

OK, so ClamWin Portable is one of those five apps. Where are numbers 2 through 5? Viewing it here or viewing it on your site does not make the situation any better. So here's what I have done: I have saved the link to this one app and after making three attempts to get the rest of the article and feeling like an idiot each time, I have moved on. And this happens to me all the time. I'm sure I am not alone. Would you PLEASE consider @bandacoo's request and make life easier for us?

stevenscottoddballz
stevenscottoddballz

THANK you Bandacoo! THANK YOU Laurentian Enterprises! FINALLLY people are voicing what I have thought for a LONG time! PLEASE put more of your articles on one page! It would be SO much easier to scroll down to the next article, rahter than to {CLICK - W-a-i-t for the page to load, read the short article, CLICK...}

TomiTan
TomiTan

I can't even find the next page or the continuation of the article! It is so ridiculous that it is so difficult to find! Guess this may be the last time I am gong to waste my time reading this if I can't find the next page! Why not put everything on one page? Bad planning!

wLamia
wLamia

(duplicate - but I can't delete it)

Gisabun
Gisabun

To me, the title suggests these are applications that are constant running in the background.

rustys
rustys

Some intersting tools I will need to play with. Back in the day it used to be Hijack This, Stinger, Adaware and Spybot with an online scan from Trend Micro was pretty much the tools to detect and clean most that came across my workbench. Of late it has been Hiajck This, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware and Combofix with remote scans from my lab machine using Avast and Nod32. As they say - if you are not constantly moving you are falling behind.

relivdallas
relivdallas

All I got on 'page 1' is down to the beginning of 1) ClamWin Portable... And NO link {that *I* can find} to the REST of the article!

burtonguidry
burtonguidry

I downloaded all the apps to my USB but the link for Sophos is a full install. Could the link be wrong or could I be doing something wrong?

wLamia
wLamia

A must-have. One of the best things MS produces, and they give it away free! Boots to its own limited version of Win7, from CD or USB stick. Be sure to get both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Only problem is keeping it updated - tedious on flash drives, impossible on CD's.

fred64
fred64

I have had great success with SuperAntiSpyware and I keep a portable version updated on my tools USB drive. It does not require an Internet connection and it uses a random exe name to prevent malware from attacking it before you even get it started. http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html

fred64
fred64

Although not a portable app, I have used it to get rid of tool bars and browser helper apps that seem impossible to get rid of -- including "browser" trojans. Its also got a section for windows start ups, but I have other favorite tools for that. Its a free tool (with some installation check boxes you need to uncheck). Its available at cNet or toolbarcleaner.com

Laurentian Enterprises
Laurentian Enterprises

Recently had a customer's machine that using any browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome) had constant popups and redirects. Tried the usual list of free products (Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, TDSSkiller, Sophos, OT, Combofix, etc) and nothing solved the problem. A friend recommended Spyhunter (not free), and in desperation I hunted down a discounted copy of it and tried it. So far, it seems to have solved the problem. Sometimes I find that their never seems to be any one or two products that solve problems, but about ten products you need at your disposal to handle most situations.

bandacoo
bandacoo

Why can't you put your stories on one page? Does it make your advertisers think you have more web traffic to spread a story over ten pages? I have pretty much stopped visiting your site as it is very annoying to have to keep clicking and wait for pages to load to read a story.

rs116706
rs116706

EMSI Anti-Malware say that are not so trust application

FAST!!!
FAST!!!

http://www.avg.com/us-en/avg-rescue-cd Just used this recently and it worked great. Has a linux boot from a USB stick that grabs the latest definitions from an internet connection and then scans and cleans everything on the host computers HD. Best of all it's free!

HaydnWVN
HaydnWVN

I was always under the impression that Vipre was totally useless as an AV program? Spybot mentioned without Malwarebytes/HijackThis/ComboFix... It seems your toolkit is missing some very important tools!

SANgineer
SANgineer

Great stuff Jack but I just thought I'd see if you tried Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It can be used for free as well. I've used it for years and it has been really valuable. One additional comment is I did buy the MBAM Pro version and it runs real time and has been quite useful in preventing viruses and blocking hacker websites since it monitors real time and works along side the Avast Antivirus protection I also have installed.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Getting to the related post for any image gallery is extremely simple. Immediately below the thumbnails and the page title ("ClamWin 1" in this case) is the statement "This gallery is also available as a post in the Tech Republic Five Apps Blog." A click on that link will take you to the associated blog post. A similar link is available on every image gallery with a related blog.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

To move to the next page, click on the arrow at the top right of the image or click on the thumbnails under the image. To view it as a single-page blog post, click on the link in the sentence "This gallery is also available as a post in the Tech Republic Five Apps Blog." If you are running a script blocker, you must whitelist techrepublic.com, com.com, trstatic.com, zdnetstatic.com, and spstatic.com for the page to load correctly.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

You should have seen the sentence "This gallery is also available as a post in the Tech Republic Five Apps Blog." A click on that link would have taken you to the original blog post for this gallery.

JCitizen
JCitizen

I've seen some malware that can defeat HighJack this lately, and Combo-Fix too! The new malware has become more and more vexing, and with the exit of AdAware as a trusted tool, I've had even more trouble every since!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

You should have seen the sentence "This gallery is also available as a post in the Tech Republic Five Apps Blog." A click on that link would have taken you to the original blog post for this gallery.

JCitizen
JCitizen

is the only way to go. I always meant to test Spyhunter, but it sounded like a cheap outfit from the late '80s, HA! No worse that the title [b]Super-Anti-Spyware[/b] though! And SAS is golden for a free scanner.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Getting to the blog post for any image gallery with a related blog is extremely simple. Immediately below the thumbnails and the page title ("ClamWin 1" in this case) is the statement "This gallery is also available as a post in the Tech Republic Five Apps Blog." A click on that link will take you to the associated blog post and you may now learn (or whatever) without feeling compelled to fatten TR's coffers. A similar link is available on [b]every[/b] image gallery with a related blog post.

ScottK7
ScottK7

TR doesn't give a crap about content or ease of reading. They just want us loading pages and redisplaying ads as much as possible. It's been bad enough in the past that they put every product in a list like this on it's own page. Now they're splitting up with one or two sentences per page, to get multiple views per product. And it's all a bunch of crappy fluff anyway. About time to unsubscribe for this viewer.

JCitizen
JCitizen

Surely one competitor wouldn't say anything bad about a fellow competitor - would they? :p

peter
peter

I use Vipre on several clients, total of about 50 workstations. Very rare to get an infected machine, always due to user ignoring warnings. Best thing about it is that it doesn't take much resources, never get complaints from users about AV slowing machine down. Also, great central management console.

jbradley
jbradley

Malwarebytes is not a portable app. It needs to be installed. That being said, MBam is awesome.

JCitizen
JCitizen

that is what I get tired of; and they don't even try the link! X-(

JCitizen
JCitizen

The updater alone completely stopped everything in my Vista x64 sessions for nearly 2 minutes! This would happened every five minutes or so! I just couldn't stomach it!

eneimi
eneimi

I agree. Close to 100 installations now and I've never had an incident with Vipre installed. The thing just works, period.

mchilders
mchilders

I have never heard of Vipre being useless. I have over 300 clients deployed and rarely get a call on Vipre Protected workstations. It is usually a Norton or McAfee protected computer that I get calls on. I would definity add Malware Anti MAlware Bytes to the toolkit

JCitizen
JCitizen

however SAS has a crazy fast scanner, and I've not found anything as thorough at such blazing speeds. I must admit I didn't know about the Emisoft and Viper tools though. That Viper solution sounds interesting. I tested and couldn't stand their regular Viper AV product - the updater was just too meddlesome and intrusive.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Some people aren't happy unless they've got something to whinge about. You've worked with them, I've worked with them, we've all worked with them.

Laurentian Enterprises
Laurentian Enterprises

Never used it myself, but I always rely on testings sites (not magazines) to rate these products. The latest VB100 test shows that Vipre along with other products like Norton and Iolo failed their tests. So I think, "With all the good products that pass the tests, why would I ever consider using ones that fail such a recognized testing site's tests?"

stevenscottoddballz
stevenscottoddballz

Isn't it "Vipre"? I had used it in the past, & it was a GREAT cleaner. I couldn't afford to keep it, though, & had to remove it. I am on a SEVERE budget.