10 Portable Applications To Consider - Part 1

Flash drives can do more than just store files, they can also be used to run applications on any computer. Which is why I’ve decided to list 10 of my favorite portable applications. The criteria used to select the applications is as follow:

  1. Free
  2. Requires no major modifications to run from Flash media
  3. Lightweight and small
  4. Useful and non-obstructive
  5. No major limitations

While not a complete list I’ve decided to list most of the applications in my Flash drive and give the list its own page http://linhost.info/usb-tools/. I will update the list as I find more useful software.


PeaZip is a free archiver, available as portable and installable software for Windows and Linux. Create 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, *PAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP Extract ACE, ARJ, CAB, DMG, ISO, LHA, RAR, UDF and many more file formats PeaZip allows to create, convert and extract multiple archives at once, create self-extracting archives, bookmark archives and folders, apply powerful search filters, scan and open files with custom applications, apply strong encryption, split/join files, secure data deletion, calculate checksum and hash…

The perfect portable file archiver for when you need to open more that just ZIP. Useful because often I find myself in need to extract 7z archives and ISOs on other peoples computers. Download: PeaZip


HouseCall is a free virus scanner offered by Trend Micro, which checks whether a computer has been infected by viruses, spyware, or other malware.

Easy to understand and simple to operate the perfect portable malware scanner, all it needs is an Internet connection to download the latest definitions and you are good to go. Download: HouseCall

Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer for Microsoft Windows, which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file.

Not all computers have Adobe PDF Reader installed by default and if you are like me then you probably have a million PDF docs. Download: Foxit PDF Reader


LC ISO Creator creates ISO files from CD/DVD-ROM.

Good for making a quick backup of optical media, trust it will come in handy at some point. Download: LCISOCreator


NTFSWalker is a simple, straightforward, and most importantly free utility for analyzing and “walking through” NTFS partitions on any media readable by your computer, including hard disks, memory cards, USB flash drives, and floppy disks. NTFSWalker takes you through the low-level structure of the file system, and lets you view deleted files, regular files, as well as detailed attributes for each file.

It will happen, you will find your self trying to recover a deleted file. Which is why you need NTFSWalker, a portable file recovery tool. Download: NTFSWalker


WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Simple and portable makes for a winning combinition. Download: WinSCP


An open source telnet and SSH Client for the Windows and Unix platforms.

Good for more than just remote administration, it can also be used to tunnel all of your traffic over OpenSSH aka “The Poor Man’s VPN”. Download: Putty


SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemap visualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices.

The best visualization tool out there. It’s made even better by the fact that requires no installation. Download: SpaceSniffer


Hash is a small GUI tool designed to perform MD5, SHA1and CRC32 hashing functions on a number of files. The file size and modified date is also optionally shown. Results displayed in the window can easily be copied to the Windows clipboard or saved to a text file. The program allows direct browsing of multiple files and files can also be dragged and dropped onto the window.

Simple application designed to compute MD5, SHA1 and CRC32 hashes. Download: Hash.exe


CCleaner is our system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.

You’ve probably heard of CCleaner before, but did you know that a portable version is also available. Download: CCleaner