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CPU-Z v1.89 Updated

billon on 24 May 2019

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 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?
  • Zhaoxin ZX-5000 and ZX-6000 processors families support.
  • AMD APU Ryzen Picasso detection fix.
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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Vivaldi v2.5.1525.46 Updated

billon on 23 May 2019
  • 157MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 May 2019
  • 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/

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition v67.0 Updated

billon on 21 May 2019
  • 254MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 May 2019
  • Suggested by Eu Gene Lim

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, powerful and secure web browser that supports open standards and many of the latest web technologies. The program includes smart search, easy bookmark management, web development tools and built-in download manager. A powerful add-on system allows for thousands of specialized functions, as well as a customized look and feel.

Versions available for Mac, Android, iOS, Linux and supports many world languages.

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is a special build licensed by Mozilla. It includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds and selects the appropriate one for each PC. Beta, Developer and Extended Release versions are also available. Alternatively, X-Firefox is also available.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Launcher: GNU GPL, Program: MPL v. 2.0
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FirefoxPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Pale Moon Portable, SeaMonkey Portable
What's new? See:
https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/notes/
Latest comments
webfork on 2018-08-04 12:00

AndTheWolf: thanks, billon got that updated.

Mixture on 2019-03-19 11:50

Anybody with the multiple line bookmark toolbar hack (I had it) will lose it in version 66.

PAFuser on 2019-05-05 16:13

66.04 fix for addon problem is available: "Head over to this address http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/66.0.4/ and download the update to your system." (ghacks.net) using Universal Extractor. Maybe also be available via Firefox update, or will be soon.

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CCleaner v5.57.7182 Updated Adware

billon on 14 May 2019
  • 22MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 May 2019
  • Suggested by Ennovy

NOTE: Recent press about CCleaner indicates it may represent a privacy concern.

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.

Additional cleaner rules can be using an unofficial set of community-developed set. 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.

Alternatively, ccPortable is also available.

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

If the "Portable" ZIP package is not yet available:
  1. Download the installer and extract CCleaner.exe or CCleaner64.exe and necessary language files using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a file named ccleaner.ini in the same folder
  3. Launch CCleaner.exe or CCleaner64.exe (for 64-bit OS)

Don't forget to disable usage data sharing in 'Options' - 'Privacy'.
Similar/alternative apps: BleachBit
What's new? See:
https://www.ccleaner.com/news/release-announcements
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2018-06-29 16:17

See: https://www.ghacks.net/2018/06/28/ccleaner-5-54-comes-with-advertising-popups/ Using Firewall App Blocker (Fab) from Sordum: https://www.sordum.org/8125/firewall-app-blocker-fab-v1-6/ I stopped CCleaner outbound. No ad since. Program is easy to use, just un-zip and run (only for Windows Firewall).

PAFuser on 2018-08-04 10:49

portableapps.com has 5.45.6611 (Date Updated: 2018-07-26, product version: 5.545.190.6611), Aug 3 version (above) is 5.44.6575 download (64bit) is 5.44.162.6575. Is this an update?

Special on 2018-08-04 15:43

5.45 was officially pulled and replaced back with 5.44, so yes.

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Universal Extractor 2 v2.0.0 RC 2b Updated

SYSTEM on 10 May 2019
  • 60MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Apr 2019
  • Suggested by Mikhoul

Universal Extractor 2 is an easy-to-use extraction program that works on a long list of file types including standard compression formats like ZIP, RAR and 7Z files, as well as program installers, disk images, audio/video and many more. The program also includes an "scan" option to view available data on a setup file, integrated updater, improved status box, new detection methods for files, batch extraction, plugin support and more.

The program is an unofficial fork of Universal Extractor.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Included libraries may write to the registry.
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch UniExtract.exe

Optionally, in the setup wizard:
  • In the Context Menu Entries screen, click Next to skip (this feature is not portable)
  • In the Support for Video Files screen, click Download to enable decompression of a long list of audio and video formats.
Similar/alternative apps: Universal Extractor
What's new? RC 2b is a bugfix update adressing problems with the beta update channel
  • Fixed updater not downloading the correct version of UniExtract if 'Install beta updates' option is enabled
  • Changed preferences dialog: after changing 'Install beta updates' UniExtract now automatically searches for updates
Latest comments
webfork on 2017-04-29 06:35

I've been using this frequently as a replacement for the original Universal Extractor and it's so far saved me a lot of time and energy.

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