updated 02:20 pm EDT, Fri August 11, 2006
Anti-Malware Flash Drive
Computer veterans are all too familiar with requests from family and friends asking for yet another house call to fix spyware and viruses that compromised their system. A CD preloaded with anti-malware tools is often the solution, but burning a CD every time definitions or software versions change isn't very convenient. ParetoLogic's XOFTspy software just might be the key. It takes advantage of U3-based flash drives made by companies like SanDisk to run programs directly from the drive without first being copied to the computer: plug a U3 drive loaded with the software into a Windows system's USB port and it automatically scans and cleans the system of any malware it can find. This could be especially useful for corporate systems and ultraportables that might not have an optical drive built-in. You can get XOFTspy online for $15 without a U3 drive.