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techHeadSo you fancy yourself the technical advisor out of your clique? Are you the person your friends and family call when anything technical is hurting their head? Maybe you just love free applications! If either or all three of these statements are true then The Tech Toolkit 2.0 is for you!

I am talking everything here. They have the best free applications for everything including anti-virus, virus/spyware removal, password recovery and even DVD burning. The magic behind this baby is that it comes with a downloader so that you can use your jump drive to launch a program. That program grabs the latest and greatest versions of a whole bunch of portable tools. With that same program (Ketarin) you can keep your applications updated as well.

Once you download the zip file from here you then extract those files to your memory stick. Then you launch the application called Ketarin.exe which you can see it below in this screenshot.


After launching Ketarin you will get a screen that looks like this:



You can right click on any of the items and delete it. The right click context menu looks like this:


You add a new web application by hitting Add new application. You need either the URL or a FileHippo ID (I wrote about File Hippo here FileHippo Update Checker Keeps Your PC Software Updated FileHippo Update Checker Keeps Your PC Software Updated Read More )


Once your list is set up the way you want, click the Update Now button. These are your available options:


I hit Check for updates and download. The program took off and grabbed all my applications. Some of them are password crackers and most antivirus programs will tag them as Trojans. They are in a way – they can harvest passwords but for good and not evil. But if that scares you do not download these applications! The downloads completed and my stick was ready to go.


I opened up my memory stick and saw a launcher application. I double clicked on it and was greeted with this:


When you expand all the categories there are a HELLAVA lot of applications here is the full list:


Everything but the kitchen sink! From Malware Bytes Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows Stop & Delete Spyware With Malwarebytes for Windows It may not be as feature-laden as Spybot Search and Destroy, which has a ridiculous number of tools, but it is a very lightweight alternative with good spyware coverage. Read More to FoxIt 4 Very Light Alternatives to Adobe Reader 4 Very Light Alternatives to Adobe Reader Are you still using Adobe Reader for PDF documents? It's time to move on to an alternative PDF reader that is lightweight, launches quickly, and yet keeps your documents save. Read More and back over to Gspot Play Any Movie You Donwload Using Gspot & Klite Play Any Movie You Donwload Using Gspot & Klite Read More . I can use my jump drive to do almost anything with this kit, from recovering a system to burning a CD/DVD. If you love free software, this one is for you! Every application downloaded, I totaled 270 MB of power packed tools.

What do you have on your memory stick? Share it with us in the comments!

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  1. mad sad
    April 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    interesting article

  2. Ira
    August 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    A-squared FREE USB Stick version is an outstanding virus and malware scanner, designed to be run from a USB stick:

    Since the large download contains all of the updated signature files, I download afresh version frequently.

    Freeware! Contains a-squared Free and a-squared Commandline Scanner files. Unpack the zip to a USB Stick to make an easy to use scanning and removal tool.

    This file is kept always up to date with the latest program and signature files. For Windows XP, 2003/2008 Server and Vista, limited functionality on x64, 53 MB

  3. Richard Steven Hack
    July 31, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Best way is build your own - but that does take time. I took three days to load almost 250 apps on one of my 4GB USB keys. But I've got a lot more than this list, including the full OpenOffice. I've got pretty much everything on this list, minus a few password viewers and the like, but I've got a lot more from my collection of over a thousand utilities.

    But this is a good way to go for people who don't want to take the time to manually build an "all-in-one" utility key.

    Next step for me is to put UBCD4Win on a key, plus a Linux distro, plus a Linux security distro. Those, plus my "reference" key with tons of ebooks, plus my "standard installs" key, will keep me prepared for anything I run across in doing tech support.

    • Phil
      August 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

      Can you share your list of apps? I have actually done quite a large research but while most of the apps that are included in the list are known, there are as well surprises. Currently I´have use as sources (besides my own searches):

      the suites, like liberkey, lupepensuite, winpenpack, winizio
      as well as other collection like the stated above, and finally worth mentioning the techsupportalert-gizmo selection of portable apps.
      In my stick I got 200+ apps but they are strictly selected.

      PD: can you make a list with directory lister?


  4. Gav
    July 29, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I'll admit I've heard similar stuff about Liberkey - but to be honest it is a brilliant app - the auto updater is second to none!

  5. Franck
    July 29, 2009 at 10:08 am

    @jgh : First time i hear about that..
    Actually, what's illegal in turning free apps into portable ?
    I like the way Liberkey apps can be updated. Much more easier than Portableapps for instance..

  6. Joe
    July 29, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I also use Cody with their apps.

    Do you have any justified reason to smear this bullshit? I do not use Liberkey, but not because some morons are saying that they are bad.
    Did you ever read the source code of any open source apps? Or you trust the world “open”? Does it make you feel better?

    • Phil
      August 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Liberkey have made mistakes in the past, no doubt about it. Also it can´t give you the same trust a closed source. I have read the source code of some open source apps, and more important, I trust the comunity of developers who check them and yes it gives more trust and transparency.

      Anyway, beside that I think Liberkey is a very good contribution to the portable world, and no, I don´t think neither their closed source is crapware.

  7. jgh
    July 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Ugh, Franck. Don't use liberkey. Most of the apps in there are included illegally and they've stolen code from many times in the past and then lied about it. Who knows what other nasty things lie in their closed source crapware.

  8. oz austin
    July 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Also check out portableapps

  9. Terminator
    July 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I use KSPF (Kitchen Sink Freeware Collection).

    It includes every single useful application that is portable and strictly follows the rules given in

    • webfork
      August 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

      Actually there's three programs, TightVNC Client and Server and WinSplit Revolution, which has not been accepted by the PFC community.

      So its about 98% compliant.

      Thanks for posting about it. :)

  10. Gavin
    July 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Thanks that looks really useful!
    I use liberkey also & like this one too - Codyssey

  11. Franck
    July 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Nice one !

    I love USB + free apps too so i'm using Liberkey :