Portable applications.

Portable applications are programs you can run on your computer without installation. They are especially useful if you want to use a special program for a short time, such as a tool for removing a particular virus.

Installed software

Installed software may create:

  • Temporary and backup files.
  • Registry entries. (Used for storing settings.)
  • Files in the user's profile folder.
  • "Most recently used" entries.
  • File associations - so it becomes a default for opening that file type.
  • DLL's, hardware drivers , etc. etc.



Advantages of portable apps:

  • No need to uninstall when you no longer need them.
  • Dont slow your computer down
  • Make every PC feel like your own
  • Use your favorite software everywhere
  • Carry your bookmarks and settings
  • Edit your documents, photos and more
  • Can run from a pen drive, mp3 player, tablet or smartphone


Portable Apps is a repository of portable applications, and also provides a platform for collecting and launching your portable applications. And of course it too is portable.


Some ideas for small portable apps for your collection: (all run from the apps platform on a memory stick)

Malware removal: Clamwin, Combofix, TDSSkiller, Roguekiller, Adwcleaner, JRT, McAfee stinger; Recuva;

Office: Kingsoft Office, Skype, Firefox, Thunderbird, Notepad2, Sumatra pdf, 7-zip, GetFolderSize;

Diagnostics: Moo0 system monitor, HWInfo, HeavyLoad, HDDScan, CrystalDiskInfo, MemTest;