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A PORTABLE or STANDALONE application is an application that stored on a USB flash drive and can run on a computer without leaving any trace of itself when the application is finished. A portable application broadly describes any software that has been adapted for use on a Flash drive, iPod or other mobile external hard drive.

Adding Apps to the Menu

The Menu can automatically add apps in Format. Just download the file you'd like to add. Then, in Menu, click Options - Add a New App - Install and then select the FileZilla Portable .paf.exe file you just downloaded. The Menu will automatically install it to the proper location for you.

The Menu will also work with other standalone and portable apps. You just need to place them in a directory "next to" the PortableAppsMenu directory. So, in a standard layout, you'd create a directory within the X:\PortableApps directory and place it within there. For example, if you have a portable program MyApp.exe, you could create a folder called X:\PortableApps\MyApp\ and place MyApp.exe and all its files within there. Then, just click Options - Refresh App Icons within the Menu and your new app will show up.

Removing Apps from the Menu

To uninstall a portable app, you can just delete it. From the Menu, just click the Explore button and browse to the PortableApps directory. There you will see a list of the directories containing the installed apps. To uninstall Mines-Perfect Portable, for instance, you'd just delete the Mines-PerfectPortable directory from your device. You can then click Options - Refresh App Icons within Menu and the it will detect that you uninstalled the app.

Download Platform
Version 1.5.2
Download Size 1MB
Free Space Needed 1.3MB installed
Recommended Device All devices
Supported Language Multilingual Menu included. Backup included.
Custom Folders, Icons & Autorun included.

An important thing to keep in mind when using portable applications is that they can be used to spread viruses between machines. It can be a very big issue when you use a portable app on an untrusted or unknown machine (school, internet cafe, etc). Whenever you plug your portable drive into an unknown computer, it's a good idea to assume that it could now be infected with a virus.

If the PC has a virus that is currently in memory, it may attempt to infect your portable applications as soon as you plug it in. When you then plug your portable drive into another computer (after an unknown) do the following:
1)Do not open portable drive on window prompt. Instead open Explorer by right-clicking My Computer\click Explore, right-clicking on your portable drive in Explorer to scan it for viruses before running any of your applications. Alternatively bring up Windows Explorer by following this path- Start\Programs\Accessories\Windows Explorer
See also Disabling Auto-Run in Windows

Always wait until the drive access light has stopped blinking and then click the icon in your system tray to 'Safely Remove' your device. Don't just remove it. Just because the application's window is closed doesn't mean the app has fully closed and finished writing to the disk. Also removing it without safely removal at system tray may result in data loss.

Setting Windows Explorer startup folder
By default, Windows Explorer always opens with My Documents. You can customize it by changing the properties for the Windows Explorer icon and replace the Target field with: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, c:\yourfolder

* Right click on the icon you use to launch Explorer and select Properties.
* In the Target box, type (or replace the existing default text %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe with) the following:

%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /e, path

Where in place of path above you should enter the actual path to the directory you want open by default. For example C:\Windows, or C:\Documents and Settings, etc. To have My Computer listed as the default selection, type explorer.exe /e,

Starting Explorer with No Drives Expanded:-
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, c:\

2) Avoid double clicking directly on any files and folders in your portable drive. Instead operate from right-clicking on your portable drive in Explorer.
you should first scan it for viruses before running any of your applications.

Always use a solid antivirus program on your primary PC and keep its virus definitions up to date and a solid antivirus program on your portable device,like ClamWin Portable, and keep its virus definitions up to date.
1)NOD32 Antivirus with ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite
2)Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic for Windows
3)Comodo Firewall, Comodo iVault, Comodo AntiVirus, Comodo Anti-Malware, Comodo AntiSpam,
4)Spyware Terminator with AntiVirus--it uses the antivirus application ClamAV freeware to prevent virus infection. (To include ClamAV antivirus, HIPS must be selected)
5)Portable Antivirus

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