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Opera v71.0.3770.148 Updated Adware

billon on 16 Sep 2020
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Specular

Opera is a fast and secure web browser with tabbed, customizable interface. Features integrated searches, themes, device sync, mouse gestures, and built-in ad blocking. Also available is a service that includes a bookmarks and password sync along with an "off-road" mode that uses server-side compression to speed up browsing especially for low speed internet connections (account signup required). A variety of add-ons are available to extend functionality.

Based on Google Chrome, the program is available for Mac, Linux, Android and a variety of mobile phones and tablets. Opera v12 (Presto) is also available and includes many features not present in the newer version.

Alternative Portable versions:

Category:
Runs on: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Opera Software, HKCU\Software\MozillaPlugins, HKLM\Software\MozillaPlugins.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Adware (was initially freeware when added to the database)
How to extract:
  1. Download and launch Setup.exe
  2. Select Options and choose Stand-alone installation (USB)
  3. Set Install path to a folder of your choice and click Accept & Install
  4. Launch launcher.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Vivaldi, Google Chrome Portable
What's new? See:
https://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2019-03-07 10:40

Like Opera, just wish it did not updates every week. Another today, never know what is updated, security, or unimportant.

PAFuser on 2019-04-09 11:04

Upgraded to 60, only 1 extension icon is visible. Does anyone know how to get them back? They can not be used when invisible.

PAFuser on 2019-04-10 17:44

Simple solution, download new installer, install to new location, add all extensions to Opera, change settings, import bookmarks. Easy upgrade, HA!

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Google Chrome Portable v85.0.4183.102 Updated

billon on 8 Sep 2020
  • 150MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Google Chrome is a web browser designed for simplicity and speed. Its minimalistic appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. The rendering and underlying code is similar to Apple's Safari browser.

Available for Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.

Google Chrome Portable is PortableApps.com version of the program. It and includes automatic support for jPortable to enable web-based Java apps. For users interested in the cutting edge, the Beta, Development and 64-bit channels are also available.

Category:
Runs on: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Uses Windows' certificate manager
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable installer and install to a folder of your choice. Launch GoogleChromePortable.exe.

NOTE:
  • Some settings are tied to individual computers and are not portable, including certificates and passwords. See this thread for more information.
  • Optionally, to run in a more stealthy mode, start with --incognito to avoid saving history and cookies after program close.
Similar/alternative apps: X-Chromium, SRWare Iron
What's new? See:
https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/search/label/Stable updates
Latest comments
JohnTHaller on 2016-04-08 13:25

There was a Crashpad issue causing the APPDATA directory to be left behind that was fixed in today's releases. I can't reproduce the others on any OS. Please post a complete bug report in the support forum here: http://portableapps.com/forums/support/other_apps We have hundreds of apps and bug reports as comments on another site often won't be seen and won't wind up being addressed, at least not in a timely manner.

Ennovy on 2016-04-08 13:42

@JohnTHaller: Thank you for the new release. Regarding the registry entries that are left behind I will post in the forum.

bitcoin on 2019-03-28 17:43

google sucks

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Vivaldi v3.3.2022.45 Updated

billon on 10 Sep 2020
  • 206MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Sep 2020
  • 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:
Runs on: 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
How to extract:
  1. Download and launch the installer
  2. Select "Advanced" and set "Installation Type" to "Install Standalone"
  3. Set "Destination Folder" to a folder of your choice and click "Accept and Install"
  4. Delete update_notifier.exe
  5. Launch vivaldi.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Otter Browser, Opera, Google Chrome, Slimjet, SRWare Iron
What's new? See:
https://vivaldi.com/blog/news/
Latest comments
Midas on 2020-06-15 15:49

@zorro: do you mean 'update_notifier.exe'? I haven't erased it but never found it in memory in my brief testing of Vivaldi... and I couldn't make the previous instructions work in a straightforward way, hence my last comment.

BTW, Vivaldi Standalone still saves loads of settings to 'HKCU\Software\Vivaldi'.

Midas on 2020-06-16 07:51

Zorro is absolutely right, even Vivaldi Standalone version registers 'update_notifier.exe' to auto-start with Windows -- something that somehow slipped by me in the previous test.

zorro on 2020-06-18 14:46

...well, there's more - I launch Vivaldi with my own batch file:
@echo off
REG IMPORT vivaldi.reg
start /wait "" "Application/vivaldi.exe"
REG EXPORT HKCU\Software\Vivaldi vivaldi.reg /y
REG DELETE "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vivaldi" /f
REG DELETE "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google" /f
RD %LocalAppData%\Vivaldi /s /q
DEL %USERPROFILE%\.vivaldi_reporting_data /f /q
exit
You see, there's also HKCU\Software\Google and - came with version 2.9 - the ".vivaldi_reporting_data" directly in the userprofile.
It's a pity, but nothing that can't be handled with a batch file. Of course the biggest drawback remains the hardware binding of extensions and some settings...

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Pale Moon Portable v28.13.0 Updated

billon on 4 Sep 2020
  • 49MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by infimum

Pale Moon is a fork of a previous version of Firefox focusing on efficiency and ease of use. Unlike Firefox, there is no support for accessibility features or parental controls.

Category:
Runs on: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves the following empty folders behind:
  • %appdata%\Mozilla
  • %appdata%\Mozilla\Extensions
  • %appdata%\Moonchild Productions
  • %appdata%\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon
Unicode support: Yes
License: MPL v. 2.0 + redistribution restrictions
How to extract: Download the "Portable" self-extracting package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Palemoon-Portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Firefox Portable, SeaMonkey Portable, K-Meleon
What's new? See:
https://www.palemoon.org/releasenotes.shtml
Latest comments
Happy.Camper2 on 2018-12-06 21:43

Happy Holidays To You All :)
Just wondering...Do any of you fine folks have the Palemoon Portable Browser v28 installed on a Vista Home Premium 32-bit OS?
Well, if you do, would you please tell me how? I've DL'ed a couple of v28's and installed them and they wouldn't launch.
To my knowledge of what I've been reading, Palemoon v28+ is for Windows 7+.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Moon_%28web_browser%29

Please tell me your tips & tricks so I can go back to using Palemoon. Thanks so much.

Take care.

freakazoid on 2018-12-08 22:06

@Happy.Camper2 - You can probably use New Moon by Roy Tam. Check the MSFN forums for a link.

qj3328 on 2019-10-31 01:02

Pale Moon has become my default and favorite browser. It is laid out for the convenience of users rather than being handicapped to keep up with the latest in look, touch and feel that kills productivity. Pale Moon is for those that want to get work done, with as little time as possible lost to the eternal quest to locate moved, missing or deleted features that are too common in other browsers at every update. As for all browsers, sometimes pages are not rendered correctly and if so, I just jump briefly to a different browser - but I always end up returning to Pale Moon. In recent years the collection of Pale Moon-specific add-ons has increased dramatically, making it a fine substitute for Firefox.

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SRWare Iron v84.0.4300.0 Updated

billon on 26 Aug 2020
  • 160MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Aug 2020
  • Suggested by freakazoid

SRWare Iron is a web browser based on Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome. By default, Iron communicates less information compared to Chrome (e.g., creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions), making some operations more private and secure.

Iron supports both official and unofficial themes and some extensions from Chrome. Additionally, to enable blocking ad servers, a 'adblock.ini' is present in the program folder, and Opera's 'urlfilter.ini' can easily be converted to Iron's accepted format by following these instructions (or see comments below).

Note: It is recommended you change the homepage. The Iron default homepage may contain ads or links to fake adware-containing downloads.

Alternative packages:

  • Iron Portable (adds password portabilization, path portabilization, registry cleanup and Java support)
  • X-Iron (idem)

Category:
Runs on: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. It creates some registry keys in 'HKCU\Software\Chromium'. Start with --incognito parameter to prevent saving history and cookies after program closes.
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: BSD
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch IronPortable.exe.

XP/Vista is no longer supported but the last release version 49 is available.
Similar/alternative apps: X-Chromium, Google Chrome Portable
What's new? See:
https://www.srware.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=18
Latest comments
random17 on 2016-08-07 14:16

Just noting that Iron Portable and SRWare Iron Portable, as well as GoogleChromePortable and X-Chromium, create these registry keys:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions

HKU\*\Software\Google
HKU\*\Software\Google\Chrome
HKU\*\Software\Google\Chrome\Extensions

Also note that the HKLM key is hidden in regedit. I can see it being created using Regshot and get to it and delete it with an alternate registry editor. I don't know how the key is protected. (Any info appreciated.)

The only Chromium browser that doesn't create these keys is Chromium Portable (http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2169).

They also create the following folders/files:

C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad\metadata
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad\reports
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad\settings.dat

webfork on 2016-08-09 00:09

random17: thanks for the info but, as that addresses multiple programs and not just Iron, posts like that really belong in forums.

MIKLO on 2017-08-15 13:51

Very nice have been using for a long time and really like, thanks.
MIKLO

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