XOFTspy Portable lets you clean from a U3 flash drive

XOFTspy Portable lets you clean from a U3 flash drive

Summary: How many of us tech fans have been asked by family and friends to troubleshoot, install, repair, or assist with computers, mobile devices, digital cameras, and more? It is a regular occurrence for me and a new product was just launched that makes my job a bit easier when it comes to cleaning off "dirty" computers that people do not fully protect.

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How many of us tech fans have been asked by family and friends to troubleshoot, install, repair, or assist with computers, mobile devices, digital cameras, and more? It is a regular occurrence for me and a new product was just launched that makes my job a bit easier when it comes to cleaning off "dirty" computers that people do not fully protect. I have been using a SanDisk Cruzer Titanium U3 USB flash drive and this new product runs right off the USB flash drive since it is a U3 portable application.

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ParetoLogic launched XOFTspy Portable Anti-spyware for U3 platform USB drives. So I can now take along my Cruzer, pop it into a USB port and scan and clean PCs I am working on with a couple simple clicks. The great thing is that you can buy one license for US$14.95 and run the scan on multiple PCs as long as your U3 compatible drive is inserted into a USB port. XOFTspy Portable Anti-spyware frees the computer of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, and adware. This application also protects the USB flash drive so it is a good product to have for employees who carry USB flash drives back and forth from home to work.

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After you insert your USB flash drive with the application loaded you simply click on the U3 launcher to start XOFTspy Portable. You can then just click the Scan button or you can first go in and change the settings (locations to scan, protection options, and automatic update option). When XOFTspy Portable finds something and you select to remove it from the computer you also have the option to create a backup of those files with the option to restore later if you desire. I have used this on 3 computers so far and it is a much better solution for me rather than trying to get anti-spyware downloaded and installed on each computer I am troubleshooting and cleaning.

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  • U3 is for n00bs

    You can get the same functionality without using that abomination called "U3". Portable apps abound. U3 is simply unneeded, and not to mention intrusive -- try to uninstall it, I dare you! It doesn't run on Linux, OS X, or any OS other than Windows. There is no option to stop the U3 launcher application from running every time the drive is plugged into a system; only holding the shift keys can stop it.

    Thankfully the company was forced to release a firmware updater that would remove the U3 software from the drive. Removing it manually is nearly impossible.

    Professionals simply don't need crap like these wasting space on our flash drives.
    anythingbutmine0
  • You'd trust XoftSpy to run off USB?

    As I recall, XoftSpy were one of several fake antimalware scanners (as tracked by CastleCops) who "went legit" later, thus being removed by scanning tools from their detection lists.

    Would you trust a "security vendor" who started their life as a malware outfit?

    Do you still allow \Autorun.inf processing on arbitrary USB storage devices?

    I have a bridge to sell you...
    cquirke