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Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable v2.9.85

Andrew Lee on 10 Sep 2023
  • 152MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Sep 2023
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes tens of thousands of spyware and similar malware from PCs. It can also clean usage tracks and fix registry issues.

Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable is the official version of the standard program.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes. If you clean anything from the local PC, that would not be stealth, of course.
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch spybotportable.exe.
What's new? See:
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Midas on 2016-02-13 18:09

The entry's description should make clear that what's offered here is the PortableApps package. Upstream Spybot S&D v2.5 ditched XP support, and XP users are advised to stay with v2.4:

Moreover, the upstream download page only lists v2.4 (older versions still available):

Happy.Camper2 on 2017-11-23 02:08

System requirements should not include Vista for v2.6
Complete listing of OS's & Compatibility are at:

Have a Happy Holiday everyone :)

zorro on 2018-12-06 07:20

Beware! Even you don't clean anything, the portable package leaves numerous traces in the system: hard to find registry keys (search also for "Safe Networking Limited") and a stubborn folder in ProgramData plus one in AppData\Roaming (unfortunately I didn't wrote down all the traces before cleaning up).

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ClamWin Portable v0.103.2.1 Rev 0.103.7

lwc on 15 Apr 2023

ClamWin is the Windows version of ClamAV, a virus and spyware scanner which database is constantly maintained by a group of volunteers and updates are always available for free. Note that the program does not contain an on-access real-time scanner; you must manually scan a file in order to detect malware or use a third party tool like the general purpose Directory Monitor (see Execute scripts/applications when events occur) or the outdated Clam Sentinel.

ClamWin Portable is a portable wrapper for ClamWin and can be modified to automatically update virus database periodically or during startup.


Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ClamWinPortable.exe.
What's new? See:
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JohnyZlo on 2015-03-01 11:04

ClamWin v0.98.6 released:

This release updates ClamAV scanning engine to the latest version and brings following improvements:
* Bug fixes in detection of files produced by upx, upack and mew packagers
* Other bug fixes and feature improvements

Download the latest version here:

Midas on 2015-05-16 21:13

Please note that, for updating purposes, you needn't download the full 100MB+ ClamWin package.

Just go to, find the latest version folder and download the clamwin-0.9x.x-setup-nodb.exe, which is only about 8MB -- after (Uni)extracting, you'll find all the files you need for updating in the '{app}\bin' folder...

Midas on 2021-05-05 07:53

Long overdue update, IYAM -- it took tree years for ClamWin to be updated from v0.99.4.

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ConfigureDefender v3.1.1.1

lwc on 6 Dec 2022
  • 12MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jul 2022
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

ConfigureDefender is an interface for viewing and modifying various Windows Defender settings. Individual settings can be configured or you can select from one of three pre-defined protection levels: DEFAULT, HIGH, INTERACTIVE, and MAX. You can also block a variety of native Microsoft tools and reduce Defender resource usage on low-end systems.

Note that changing one of the protection levels requires a reboot in order to take effect.

Although you can make these changes yourself via the native group policy editor and Windows registry, this program collects them all in one place.

Runs on:Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ConfigureDefender.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Firewall App Blocker

Emsisoft Emergency Kit v2022.12.0.11730

lwc on 6 Dec 2022
  • 452MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jan 2022
  • Suggested by joby_toss

Emsisoft Emergency Kit contains a collection of programs to scan for malware including viruses, worms, trojans, adware, keyloggers and more. The program also has cleaning tools and methods to remove stubborn leftovers created by malware.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice and execute. Launch Start Emergency Kit Scanner.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Spybot - Search & Destroy
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ishldgetoutmore on 2016-03-18 18:23

Sophos detected Mal/EncPk-HL and blocked access to the website.

demon.devin on 2017-11-21 15:11

This version will leave trash behind in the registry and also leaves a Windows Service running. For a real stealth version of this application visit the thread I created for it here:

Or visit the thread I started on

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StreamArmor v4.1

lwc on 6 Dec 2022
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 Aug 2016
  • Suggested by guinness

StreamArmor is the sophisticated tool for discovering hidden alternate data streams (ADS) as well as clean them completely from the system. It's advanced auto analysis coupled with online threat verification mechanism makes it the best tool available in the market for eradicating the evil streams.

NOTE: The main website download link has switch to an encrypted installer. Linking to softpedia.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The portable version is in the "Portable Version" subfolder
  3. Launch StreamArmor.exe
What's new? See
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Mike.S.G. on 2011-04-04 10:39


My comment was a bit premature, I'm not sure why I worded it that way... Better said I suppose would have been - "someone may want to look into this more."

Emka on 2013-12-16 14:32

v2.5 out, still portable?

Emka on 2014-12-06 14:33

v3.0 out

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VirusTotal Windows Uploader v2.2 Beta

billon on 9 Dec 2017
  • 168KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Sep 2013
  • Suggested by Orca

VirusTotal Windows Uploader provides a quick and easy way to submit a suspect file to for scanning by multiple anti-virus engines. You can check active processes, individual files, or specific URLs.

For more convenient (right-click) access, its shortcut can be added to Windows' SendTo menu.

Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: The option to show all active processes requires administrator rights.
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the installer, extract VirusTotalUploader2.2.exe using 7-Zip to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: SigCheckGUI
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siegfried on 2017-12-09 19:35

Links don't work ("404-Page not found", both for website, 32bit, 64bit)

webfork on 2017-12-12 22:33

Siegfried: No issues on my side. You might check

Stephen Leibowitz on 2021-08-06 04:57

From the website: “DISCONTINUED SUPPORT For Windows uploader: As of 2017 we are discontinuing any updates to the official windows uploader (Please see the VirusTotalUploader [] for an alternative, 3rd party open source uploader)”

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AVZ AntiViral Toolkit v4.46

billon on 11 Feb 2019
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Mar 2016
  • Suggested by m^(2)

AVZ AntiViral Toolkit is a set of advanced tools capable of removing SpyWare and AdWare modules, network worms, Trojan horses, Dialers. The utility implements specialized algorithms for detecting keyloggers, finding and blocking rootkits, and more.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Saves performed manually.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Scans Unicode named files, but does not display their names properly.
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch avz.exe.

Don't forget to update the definitions or you can download from here.
What's new? See Russian changelog here.
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Terrine on 2011-04-03 11:10

You can also download it from Softpedia:

Magibon on 2011-06-09 12:30

Edit Reason:
Added latest virus definitons link.

Beeber on 2013-10-02 05:48

AVZ is now at v4.41. Used it for the first time last night....outstanding app. It saved an important thumb drive.

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KL-Detector v1.3

lwc on 6 Dec 2022
  • 113KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 May 2006
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

KL-Detector checks whether any software-based keylogger has infected your system. It does so by checking if any log file is secretly written to your harddisk during the monitoring process, something that most software-based keyloggers do by nature. KL-Detector can help check public computers for potential threats before entering sensitive information.

Runs on:WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch KL-Detector.exe.
What's new? Fixed an error message: "file not found"
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RuuD on 2008-09-20 07:55

Do NOT go to the download site!
As soon as I klick on the "download" but i get an intrusion
(Avast) of some kind,I broke the connection immediately and never really read what kind of attack it was.

just_somebody on 2008-11-02 01:18

Norton Safe Web stated the site ( has a trojan
McAfee Site Advisor gives them a green rating.
W.O.T a yellow rating.
As far as the KL-Detector program it can be found on several
trusted download sites (snapfiles, tucows, softpedia, wilderssecurity).
I downloaded it from to see if I got any warning from Avast.Seems ok. But a good rule of thumb, if there is any doubt don't download/run. Wait till there is more info on this program.

Tom on 2010-09-25 17:26

I'd trust it.

Downloaded from Dewasoft and scanned with and it came back completely negative.

Just for kicks I scanned with Online Link Scanner, Dr. Web LinkChecker, VirusTotal, and all came back clean. I uploaded it to Anubis too, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to know what to make of the results. From what I can tell it's "suspicious".

I can see why Norton thinks CrazyTyping is a virus. It's a joke program. Apparently a lot of other AVs thinks it's bad too. Dr.Web and McAfee call it "Joke.Crazytyping". It's probably fine.

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SpyDLLRemover v6.0

lwc on 6 Dec 2022
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jul 2016
  • Suggested by Lupo73

SpyDLLRemover is the standalone tool to effectively detect and delete spywares from the system. It comes with advanced spyware scanner which quickly discovers hidden Rootkit processes as well suspcious/injected DLLs within all running processes.

NOTE: Program is now adware. Linking to the last available free version on Softpedia.

Runs on:WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty SpyDLLRemover_ScanSettings.ini file within this folder
  3. Launch SpyDLLRemover.exe
What's new? See
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Jimmy Neutron on 2010-10-02 20:04

Isn't the "Right Click Menu" integration added in version 4.0 basically incompatible with the concept of portable applications? Does this upgrade have other effects on the registry that impact/break the portability enjoyed by previous versions?

SecurityXploded on 2010-10-18 08:18


'Right Click Menu' is for the list box within the application unlike the Explorer right click context menu. So no issues with portability.

Like earlier versions, it always store settings to the ini file in the same location as exe file. No read/write to the registry is performed.

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Clam Sentinel v1.22

lwc on 25 Mar 2023
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Nov 2014
  • Suggested by jonezrin

Clam Sentinel is a real-time malware scanner using ClamWin Antivirus as its engine. The program also has its own system monitor that scans for unknown malware that does not yet have a ClamWin signature. It also detects new drives and monitors these units until the program is closed or until the device is disconnected.

NOTE: There have been no updates to this program since late 2014. You might want to consider using the general purpose Directory Monitor instead (see Execute scripts/applications when events occur, which also provides Clam Sentinel's missing feature of only launching ClamWin within specific folders).

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: ClamWin Antivirus - You must have this program before using Clam Sentinel.
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/GPL (Version 3 or higher)
Source code
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice Follow the configuration instructions on this page
  2. Launch ClamSentinel.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ClamWin Portable
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Midas on 2014-07-21 01:00

Thanks for the info, MKonar. I see you carried it over to the ClamWin Portable entry, too. :)

Unfortunately, seems that afterall ClamWinDBUpdate is not adequate for a Sentinel configuration.

I tested it and even after correcting the "clampath=" key inside 'ClamWinPortableDBUpdate.ini', it doesn't work because my executable is 'ClamWin.exe' and not 'ClamWinPortable.exe'; also, it's located in a folder named 'bin', while the \/irus Database files are in a sibling folder named 'db'.

And just FYI, the 'thumbs.db' inside 'rsc' cause Explorer to complain when moving the extracted folder tree as instructed...

ishldgetoutmore on 2015-07-23 14:01

When I decompress Clam Sentinel, I don't see any .ini file. What am I missing?

ishldgetoutmore on 2015-07-23 14:16

Nevermind. I ran ClamSentinel.exe and it created the .ini file for me.

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