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Vivaldi v1.12.955.36 Updated

billon on 20 Sep 2017
  • 157MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Sep 2017
  • Suggested by Nh

Vivaldi is a customizable, tabbed web browser based on the same engine as Google Chrome. Its appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. It features a bookmark manager, speed dial, notes, custom search engines, sessions, tab stacks, web panels, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, user interface scaling, adaptive interface color and much more.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: In the User Data folder, which is created in the same root as "Application" folder.

Note that the program resets some settings, including the list of installed extensions, when you move between PCs.
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Vivaldi
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract it using 7-zip to a temporary folder
  2. Extract the resulting vivaldi.7z archive with 7-zip to a folder of your choice
  3. In the Vivaldi-bin folder, create an empty text file with the following contents:

    // Vivaldi Standalone

  4. Rename the text file to stp.viv
  5. Rename the Vivaldi-bin folder to Application
  6. Launch Application\vivaldi.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Otter Browser, Opera, Google Chrome, Slimjet, SRWare Iron
What's new? See:
https://vivaldi.com/blog/

CCleaner v5.35.6210 Updated

billon on 20 Sep 2017
  • 20MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Sep 2017
  • Suggested by Ennovy

CCleaner is a feature-rich system optimization and privacy tool. The program cleans unused, temporary and log files from your system, as well as traces of online activities such as Internet history and flash cookies. The program contains startup controls for Windows, major internet browsers and context menu entries. Includes a separate registry cleaner, duplicate search, system restore tool and can wipe both deleted files and drive free space for security.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder). Monitoring functions are only available in the pro version.

An unofficial set of community developed cleaning rules can be found here however it should be noted that many of these rules are alpha and the developers will not provide support for these rules, a thread in the users forum is dedicated to supporting the add-on rules.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights under Windows Vista or above
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CCleaner.exe or CCleaner64.exe (for 64-bit OS).

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
What's new?
  • All builds signed with new Digital Signatures.
Latest comments
webfork on 2017-09-20 02:49

@philippe: Yeah I am working on a response to this that might affect site design. So frustrated with this.

__philippe on 2017-09-21 12:23

YARA rules for CCleaner 5.33 :
https://blog.nviso.be/2017/09/21/yara-rules-for-ccleaner-5-33/

Better late than never, methinks...;-)

Special on 2017-09-21 13:34

Seems like there was a second payload from all this...

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/21/ccleaner-malware-second-payload-discovered/

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sPortable v7.40.0.103 Updated Adware

billon on 13 Sep 2017
  • 91MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Sep 2017
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Skype allows users to make voice and video calls over the Internet. Although calls to other Skype users are free, other types of connections (landlines, SMS text) are not. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and conferencing.

sPortable is a version from PortableApps.com. Note that the program became adware after it's inclusion in the database (after it's purchase by Microsoft).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. (details)
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Adware
How to extract: Download sPortable_x.xx.x.xxx_online.paf.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.

Note: online installer requires internet connection
Similar/alternative apps: Discord Portable, TeamTalk, Brosix
What's new? See:
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34509/what-s-new-in-skype-for-windows-desktop
Latest comments
hamasaki on 2016-02-04 17:08

Gets worse with every update. Locks up and freezes half the time when trying to use emoticons.

josannesalvaleon on 2016-02-15 01:23

Great app! I use this regularly for my language classes.

webfork on 2017-03-21 01:30

I'm having a lot of problems with this program on Win7x64. It won't minimize, it won't close unless you do an "End Task" in Task Manager, and it doesn't remember me between sessions. Anyone else having issues?

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CPU-Z v1.80.2 Updated

billon on 11 Sep 2017

CPU-Z gathers and displays information on some of the main components of the machine, including CPU, motherboard, memory, GPU and operating system.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch cpuz_x32.exe (for 32-bit OS) or cpuz_x64.exe (for 64-bit OS).

Optional: To disable update check, edit cpuz.ini and change CheckUpdates=1 to CheckUpdates=0
What's new?
  • Fix 32-bit version issue with Windows 10 builds 16273 and 16275.
Latest comments
kc on 2011-03-17 18:15

useless. to most of us, PORTABLE requires us to be able to run as NON-ADMIN. can't use this. can't install it. not truly portable. don't get me wrong, I use it all the time on my cluster at home, just can't use this at work or on common machines at school.

dany on 2011-10-27 15:15

@Cattleya: Make sure you download the zip package, because the installer does the following:
"The kernel mode driver used by CPU-Z is installed on the system, that avoids to install / remove it at every run."
The portable version leaves no driver behind, just tested it.

@kc: I used to do sysadmin for a small non-profit org. 7 pc's and 2 printers, no big deal. I carried all my tools on a pendrive. Off course I had admin-rights, but this is a typical scenario a lot of us are in, so it's not entirely useless, portable is the way to go for sysadmins ;)

kleinkinstein on 2014-03-22 13:09

CPUZ is old, tired and practically useless. It's heyday was about six years ago. Speccy is a must for today.

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Discord Portable v0.0.298-13 New

webfork on 9 Sep 2017
  • 120MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Sep 2017
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

Discord is an easy-to-use VoIP program focused on gaming communities. The program works well with groups, has high quality audio, and maintains low system resources to avoid interfering with high performance games. The program supports text chat, direct messaging, hotkeys, channels, permissions, embedded file exchange, and more.

Discord Portable is a portable wrapper for the Discord instant messaging and VoIP program. Cross-platform with clients available for Web, Android, iOS, Mac, and Linux

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware (wrapper: MIT, Discord: freeware)
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch discord-portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Teamspeak, sPortable, qTox