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I use portable versions of most web browsers, rather than the installed version, because I use multiple Windows profiles and I want my browser settings to be the same for all. It's easier than syncing bookmarks and prefs for several browsers. I find it very useful to have multiple browsers. One browser can be dedicated to specific purpose. In other cases, I will switch from one to another if there are problems with downloads or odd webpage behavior. At first everything seemed all right, but then the foo hit the fan. The worst hit were Pale Moon (an optimized Firefox version) and Opera. I had just updated my portable Pale Moon, and it would not start, giving me this message: --------------------------- palemoon.exe - Unable To Locate Component --------------------------- This application has failed to start because MSVCP110.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem. --------------------------- The DLL was there, and perfectly all right. I checked MDA5 hashes, wiped and re-installed, tried to registered the DLL manually, all to no avail. Opera would not start either. I had to laugh when it told me that "Opera crashed while trying to show the crash dialogue for a previous crash." The message continued with: A crash log was created here: C:\Users\matera\AppData\Local\Temp\OperaPortableTemp\opera-20130921204854\ There is no such directory. This looked to me like something was not playing nice with portables! When another program communicates in certain ways with the portable browsers, they can "forget" that they are portable. (Sorry, my vocabulary is inadequate here.) A portable install needs some special handling. You can't, for instance, update a portable browser through its update dialog; that will break it badly. So I deduced that the browser was getting "confused" by something external. Firefox Portable just hung for an agonizingly long time, and I had to kill the process. More than one attempt was made to run each browser, with temp cleanups and a reboot to reduce the possibility of corruped cache and cookie influence. I suspected MBAE, since it was the only newly changed factor I could think of that they all had in common. After a few controlled experiments, trying to start the browsers with and without MBAE running, it was clear that Anti-Exploit was the culprit. When it was not running, everything proceeded normally. There was no difficulty with my fully installed default, Avant Browser. I did see some hesitation in IE (which I only use for testing things and for wheedling files from Microsoft on occasion). That's all for now.
Computer usage is changing. People are now using several operating systems on their machines and may own several devices. Many people have Linux installed and run a virtual machine of XP or newer OS to run their windows apps. They may keep an XP VM around to run older apps that are having trouble with Win 8. Installing an application several times, once for every OS VM is time consuming and troublesome and violates EULA's. It's easier to install the app once onto an external drive in a portable form with all it's configuration files in the local directory and then it is available to any OS VM that is started on the computer. People upgrade their computers every couple years and now days they may have installed over 100 applications that need to be migrated to the new machine. Personally, I have owned nearly 30 machines in the last 20 years and have installed my applications hundreds, maybe thousands of times. I'M DONE!!!! From now on I install a portable copy on the Passport external and let the application upgrade itself when it runs. If I change my OS (which I have done 3 times in the last month) or buy a new computer I will NOT reinstall my 100+ apps ever again. No more... Done wasting my precious time reinstalling apps every year which can take an entire week of nights getting the apps to where they were before I bought the new machine. Lastly, you have a competitor that provides an anti-malware product that is beating Malwarebytes on detection rates regularly over the last 9 months and THEY provide a portable version. I've been relying on their product the last 6 months and Malwarebytes has been sitting unused. If you all wish to continue fighting the trend and not provide a portable product that is your choice and it's a poor business choice....