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NirLauncher Launcher Dev Test 1

Application: NirLauncher
Category: Utilities
License: Freeware
Language: Multilingual
Description: NirLauncher is a package of more than 150 portable freeware utilities for Windows.

Download NirLauncher Portable Launcher Dev Test 1 [1+21MB download / 33MB installed]
(MD5: 2d6b3d664145875ceb7de5dd9496e103)
Notes: see below

Updating NirLauncher: Download the latest version & put it in your NirLauncherPortable folder next to NirLauncherPortable.exe, remembering to remove any previous versions. Run NirLauncherPortable.exe.

WinPcap: Download the installer (WinPcap_*.exe) to "App\NirLauncher" (admin required).

Plugins: These are online installers that will download additional files during setup.

Release Notes:

Launcher Dev Test 1 (2015-05-06):

  • Package converted to 'launcher only'. See 'Updating NirLauncher' above.
  • Added 'plugin' for GeoLiteCity file.
  • Improved preservation of plugin files on upgrade.

2014-06-06 --> 2014-10-22:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.18.60 Dev Test 1 (2014-05-27):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.60.
  • Added firewall remove for WebCookiesSniffer.

1.18.58 Dev Test 1 (2014-05-13):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.58.
  • Added firewall remove for DNSQuerySniffer (appears as HTTPNetworkSniffer in firewall) & NetworkTrafficView.

1.18.57 Dev Test 1 (2014-05-06):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.57.
  • Added firewall remove for HTTPNetworkSniffer & WebSiteSniffer.

1.18.56 Dev Test 1 (2014-04-29):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.56.
  • If SmartSniff exits before capture is manually stopped it won't be automatically removed from the firewall so it will be removed by NirLauncher Portable as well.

2014-03-11 --> 2014-04-23:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.18.34 Dev Test 1 (2013-11-25):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.34.
  • Added support for WinPcap.

2013-10-07 --> 2013-11-13:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.18.26 Dev Test 1 (2013-09-29):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.26.
  • Added support (firewall add/remove) for networkconnectlog if running as admin.

2013-06-17 --> 2013-09-22:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.18.11 Dev Test 1 (2013-06-12):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.11.
  • The 64-bit apps are now in a separate folder. I don't have a 64-bit system to test them on so I'm making an "educated" (!) guess as to how the config files are being handled ie: I'm moving them from "Data\nirsoft\x64" to "App\NirLauncher\NirSoft\x64" & back again with any paths replaced. I'm also assuming they're named the same as the app they relate to. If this is wrong, please let me know.
  • Upgrade is automatic but, because of the above, I advise you to make a safety copy of your Data folder before installing this version.

2013-05-13 --> 2013-06-03:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.18.06 Dev Test 1 (2013-05-05):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.06.
  • The file GeoLiteCity.dat.gz (available here as GeoLite City - Binary / gzip), when placed in App\NirLauncher\NirSoft, is now preserved on upgrade.

2013-04-14 --> 2013-04-28:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.18.02 Dev Test 1 (2013-04-07):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.18.02.
  • Added support (firewall add/remove) for RTMPDump files rtmpsrv.exe & rtmpsuck.exe (included, GPL) for RTMPDumpHelper if running as admin.

2013-02-13 --> 2013-03-31:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.17.16 Dev Test 1 (2013-02-07):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.17.16.
  • Translation packs are now preserved on upgrade.

2012-09-15 --> 2013-02-03:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.16.04 Dev Test 1 (2012-09-11):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.16.04.
  • Finally implemented ExecWaitJob. Thanks The MAZZTer.
  • Removed case conversion in nirsoft.nlp. Can't remember why that was in... something to do with FindProc I think.

1.16.03 Dev Test 1 (2012-09-04):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.16.03.
  • RegScanner's "Support Reg: Links" option now remembered across sessions.

2012-06-28 --> 2012-08-25:

  • Yet more NirLauncher updates.

1.15.04 Dev Test 1 (2012-06-19):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.15.04.
  • Fixed AccessControl error message that appeared if OpenedFilesView wasn't run.

1.15.03 Dev Test 1 (2012-06-11):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.15.03.
  • AccessControl plugin updated to 1.0.7.0.

2012-03-29 --> 2012-05-28:

  • Even more NirLauncher updates.

1.11.49 Dev Test 2 (2012-03-23):

  • Forgot to update AccessControl plugin to Unicode version. Fixed.

1.11.49 Dev Test 1 (2012-03-22):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.11.49.
  • Recompiled with NSIS (Unicode).

1.11.48 Dev Test 1 (2012-03-15):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.11.48.
  • Removed config check on upgrade.

2011-11-05 --> 2012-03-09:

  • More NirLauncher updates.

1.11.30 Dev Test 1 (2011-11-01):

  • NirLauncher updated to 1.11.30.
  • Added support for Clipboardic files (but not paths in CLP files).
  • Added support for OpenedFilesView "Enum\Root\LEGACY" reg key.

2011-07-11 --> 2011-10-23:

  • NirLauncher updates.

1.11.13 Dev Test 1 (2011-07-01):

  • NirLauncher 1.11.13 Dev Test 1
  • Plugins:
    • Country IP Dev Test 1
    • IEEE Dev Test 1
    • USB ID Dev Test 1

2009-11-05 - 2010-02-26:

  • Blah, blah, blah.

Notes:

  • This won't start if you have any of these utilities running locally.
  • Extra packages (Sysinternals etc.) not supported (see next item).
  • You can close NirLauncher & leave the apps running but you'll notice increased cpu activity as NirLauncher Portable checks/waits for over 200 apps.
  • All the other stuff is still at SourceForge if you want it.

Tested with:
XP Home SP3 (Admin), 7 Professional SP1 64-bit (Admin)

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I like it

These are really useful. You might want to check out the Nirsoft Launcher. It provides a GUI and nearly all the utilities in one package.

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Yeah, I've been looking at

Yeah, I've been looking at that. I prefer them as separate apps, I have to say, but it does have it's advantages (easier to run with command line options, instead of editing an INI, for one). From what I can see though, he's planning on integrating the Sysinternals stuff into it. Even ignoring the EULAs, some of those things are definitely not portable, especially by this site's standards. The only thing it won't do is the drive switching (which the ones above will) but not many of them need it.

Thanks for testing BTW, some more coming soon Smile

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From what I've read and using

From what I've read and using it, the user has to manually add the Sysinternals stuff. The launcher is just set up to integrate them. This is a user option, so it wouldn't be forced upon the user and then there wouldn't be a problem with portability. I think it might be beneficial to take a look at the launcher and see how much work it would actually be.

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The NirSoft launcher is easy

The NirSoft launcher is easy to put into the PA.c Format. As everything is in same directory, it's just a mass move of the CFG files back out to Data\settings. There's just the question of which of those files to do the 'adjust drives' on. Are you familiar enough with them to list them out? Is the official launcher something you'd prefer in PAF?

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Unfortunately I haven't

Unfortunately I haven't looked into the cfg files. Maybe that's something I could help you out with. I think the official launcher would be a great thing.

There is one thing I did that might be nice to have but could be hard to implement. I put each program in its own folder and adjusted the ini for the launcher. All the cfg files remain in the folder where the program is located. This just may be my OCD, but I find the folder structure easier to work with.

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Neutral

The config files have the same root name as the utility, they have a .cfg extension, and they live in the same directory as the utility.

If there isn't one, the program starts fine, uses default settings and then creates the config file upon quitting. A user can return any of the programs to default by deleting the .cfg before running the program again.

After looking at several, they appear to be drive and directory neutral (they don't mention anything either way).

There might be some that don't fit this pattern. He does say (and I've seen) that some older ones use the registry. Evidently, just like any other programmer, he has developed the way he does things, and as he turns his attention to a particular utility, it gets updated with all the latest routines. So some of them might still be back in the horse-and-buggy days instead of the automobile.

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Configs

DevoMaybe that's something I could help you out with.

If you've got all the programs configured and pointing to where they should, you could just search the CFG files for text containing ":\". SearchMyFiles is great for this Smile

DevoI put each program in its own folder

Not impossible with some (a lot!) of post install code but, as the directory structure of the app changed between beta 1 and 2, perhaps it'll change again so it might be better to wait until it looks settled before attempting to manipulate it. If at all.

DevoThis just may be my OCD

I'm with you on that one Smile (I mean that I am a fellow sufferer!)

J Neutronsome older ones use the registry

Did I not read that he'd left those out of the Launcher for that reason?

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Age limit

Yes, he says he has an age limit for his automatic program to gather up the individual utilities to make the package.

He was explaining why some utilities don't appear in the package.

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Right, I forgot he had an

Right, I forgot he had an updater in there too. I haven't tried that yet. That would probably mean no messing with the directory structure then.

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Added some more

See release notes.

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NirLauncher 1.01

Uploaded the NirSoft Launcher. The only apps that have drive switching are the two above that need it (FavoritesView and PasswordFox) and, as with the standalones, they're configured to find your Firefox Portable if it's in the default directory.

If you find any others, post them here and I'll update it.

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Latest Nirsoft Updates not installed

I checked the Nirsoft Nirblog dated 11/15/09 and it listed 9 "Utilities updates in the last week". I checked 3 of them ShellExView, USBDeview and MyUninstaller after installing NirLauncher today, and all were the older versions. I did not check the other 6 utilities but I do not believe they were updated as well.

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NirLauncher Updates

prapperRight, I forgot he had an updater in there too

I hadn't looked into the NirSoft Launcher update process but, in trying to answer your question, I just gave it a go.

Am I just missing something here? How on earth does it do this? Or was I dreaming?

I'm guessing that if you just installed NirLauncher Portable and it downloaded the ZIP file, if the updated versions are not in there, then there's nothing I can do here. It's up to him to put the updates in the download.

If you run the standalone installers again, they'll download the latest ones. I know MyUninstaller isn't here yet. I'll upload the latest NirSoft updates next week. They're sitting here ready to go.

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Yet More

See release notes.

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And Again

See release notes.

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Utils that are included

I did a bit of poking around to check the apparent discrepancy of getting older versions of utilities.

It seems that the download package isn't dynamic. He's made one big ZIP and when you go there, you get that one and it is stuck at whatever versions were current on that date.

So, the idea that it would be a dynamic package is probably still in the works (same as PA.com).

Also, the idea of having the launcher run an update check for included packages is still in the works (same as PA.com).

For those who must stay on the bleeding edge, Nir maintains a feed and blog page for updates/releases. Any program listed as updated since the last launcher beta release probably needs to be manually updated to stay on the bleeding edge (as of today there are 10 updates). Here's the applicable page for anybody so inclined:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/nirsoft/voiG

I should note that most of the updates to his utilities are fairly minor and nobody needs to rush right out there, except of course those who feel the NEED to be current at all times (for whatever reason).

In the blog he also gives directions on how to include the SysInternals package of utilities into the NirLauncher. Things have changed a bit from the original directions, but I am going to clean it up and incorporate the how-to changes as I do it on my own machine. If there is interest here, I'd be happy to post the directions including the appropriate links.

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Sounds good, go for it.

Thanks for looking into the auto update situation. I guess the best way to keep them updated at the moment is to run the standalone installers again (I keep mine in the relevant app's root directory).

I still haven't weeded out the portable from the 'almost portable' (as it's defined here) in the NirLauncher so I'm afraid the package here is what it is (apart from the couple of apps mentioned in the OP). Bug reports welcome!

I'm subscribed to that feed and am taking it as my cue to 'paf' whatever gets updated. Sadly enough LOL.

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hehe

I'm subscribed to that feed and am taking it as my cue to 'paf' whatever gets updated. Sadly enough LOL.

You seem to be getting pretty good at it!

I've noticed that there's a couple of individual apps that should also have the 64bit version, but unfortunately the NirSoft filename is the same as the 32bit one (doesn't end in "-x64" like the rest) so the system doesn't handle it. I downloaded the 64bit version, named it properly, and put it with the rest of the utilities. I'll try to get better at documenting these things.

When I get the Sysinternals thing ready, I'll post it into this thread.

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Run Sysinternals Suite in NirLauncher

The following is basically quoted from the NirSoft blog, with minor changes to clarify the steps and links. I have tested these installation steps.

NirLauncher allows you to add additional software packages. Just for example, here's how to add Sysinternals Suite into NirLauncher:

  1. Go to Sysinternals Suite Web page, and download the latest zip file.
  2. Extract the zip package of Sysinternals utilities into a new folder located in the same drive of NirLauncher. [I called the folder "SysinternalsSuite" and put it into the NirLauncherPortable/Data folder, so updates to NirLauncherPortable wouldn't disturb the Sysinternals Suite.]
  3. Download the sysinternals2.nlp file (updated by Yair) for the Sysinternals Suite, and save it into the same folder with all of the Sysinternals files.
  4. To add the package into the NirLauncher:
    • Drag the sysinternals2.nlp file and drop it into the main window of NirLauncher OR
    • Use the "Add Software Package" from the NirSoft Launcher's Options pull-down menu and navigate to the sysinternals2.nlp file.
  5. If you did it right, you should now see the Sysinternals package in the main window of NirLauncher. You can switch between the packages by using F3 and F4 keys or click the Package Up/Down icons on the bottom tool bar.

Notes:

  1. There hasn't been any portability testing on any of these applications.
  2. Some of the individual applications lack short or long descriptions in the sysinternals2.nlp file. You can manually edit the file with any text editor to insert descriptions/comments if you wish.
  3. I assume that an updated file will be released at some point in time.
  4. You can do this for any other software by manually creating the nlp file, following the format of the Sysinternals one or the NirSoft one.

Significant links:
http://download.nirsoft.net/sysinternals2.nlp
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062.aspx

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Info

Very useful info there Smile

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Thanks

Having the Sysinternals Suite easily accessible is pretty neat.

ProduKey was just updated, you're quick!

BTW, ProduKey is one of the utilities where the 64bit version isn't named into his conventional pattern.

Since the 32 and 64 versions are both named "ProduKey.exe", you can't have both installed. This is how it should look:

  • ProduKey.exe
  • ProduKey.chm
  • ProduKey-x64.exe

And the ProduKey.cfg (which appears after the program is run the first time).

The trick is to rename the ProduKey.exe (64 version) to ProduKey-x64.exe before sticking it into the NirSoft directory.

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See release notes.

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Do you know about

WSCC?
Its similar to what you do. Its a suite with all nirsoft and sysinternal utilities.
The best thing is a built in update manager which checks the authors pages for updates.

They even advertise a fully portable paf.exe installer! Smile

(They have a normal and U3 download too but who cares about them? :P)

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That looks great but have you

That looks great but have you tested there PAF version?

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yes

look clean.

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Any idea where they store the

Any idea where they store the apps? I can't seem to find them.

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I opened

a new thread about this - I`ll answer it there. Hijacking is mean.

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MozillaHistoryView?

Can you add MozillaHistoryView so you can complete the mozilla utility package?

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Completed

There you go.

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Awesome

This will work perfectly with portable firefox.

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NirLauncher Update

NirLauncher has been updated to Beta 3.

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I dont have time to make

I dont have time to make launchers or anything like that, but using a nifty little tool to crawl the nirsoft website, i was able to download every single zip file, meaning i have all of the applications as their zips, including a majority of the translations, and plugins for Volumouse

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Question

Is anyone else having issues switching back to NirSoft Utilities after installing the SysInternal pack using the .nlp offered on the Nirsoft blog?

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No problem

No problem here.

The easiest way to switch between the NirSoft and the SysInternals is to click the green up/down arrows on the bottom right border of the NirSoft launcher window.

I've switched back and forth, over and over again, with no apparent glitches.

What kind of problems are you having?

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All good now

I was having trouble switching back from SysInternals to Nirsoft using F3 earlier. Instead of switching from Nirsoft to SysInternal utilities the app was just switching between the different SysInternal tool sets, eg. PS Tools to Other Console Tools to GUI Tools and back again.

Not sure what the cause was but just reinstalled from scratch and now is working without issue. It's quite probable it was human error on my behalf but I'm going to cite the beta label Blum

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Function keys

Could be the beta thing, but I'm always suspicious of apps that take the primary Windows-based function keys. F3 should be "repeat" and has been since DOS days.

Along the same line, F5 had always been "refresh" but someone (probably Microsoft) decided that Ctrl-R was the thing to do. Now it gets hard to remember which program does things the old way or the new way.

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More...

prapper spam in the forums.

What an epic (or a tragedy, depending on your point of view!)

LOL

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Updated

Longest post in the history of long posts... ever.

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Updated

See release notes for changes.

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Updated

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Updated

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Thanks

for your work

My posts are old and likely no longer relevant.

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Just to tell you

In the NirLauncher installer, it cannot download the zip because in installer.ini the download url text does not have a .zip extension.

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Fixed

Thanks for letting me know, I must have forgotten to test that one Sad

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If you're still doing these,

If you're still doing these, could you package IconsExtract, please?

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Yeah, still looking at these,

Yeah, still looking at these, lots of new ones to do so I'll stick IconsExtract in there too.

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Thanks.

I've found it rather useful for packaging apps that don't really have a decent icon lying around anywhere else.

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Zone Alarm Says Nirsoft Website is Known Spyware Distributor

I installed the Nirsoft launcher and have been trying out some of the utilites. When trying to update some of the utilities Zone Alarm Pro stopped access to the site (unless I over-rode it) and stated that this site is a known distributor or spyware.
Anyone know about this?

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Have a look at

Have a look at this:
http://blog.nirsoft.net/2009/05/17/antivirus-companies-cause-a-big-heada...

If you're still worried though, you could try following the advice given here on PortableApps:
https://portableapps.com/support#false_positive

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Trojan Detected by Clamsoft

I took your suggestion and had Clamsoft scan the NirSoft directory on my flash drive. Here are the results -

Scan Started Sun May 23 15:49:18 2010
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

J:\PortableApps\NirLauncherPortable\App\NirLauncher\NirSoft\sniffpass.exe: moved to 'J:\PortableApps\ClamWinPortable\Data\quarantine\sniffpass.exe.infected'

J:\PortableApps\NirLauncherPortable\App\NirLauncher\NirSoft\sniffpass.exe: Trojan.Agent-121202 FOUND
----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------
Known viruses: 785586
Engine version: 0.95.3
Scanned directories: 14
Scanned files: 202
Infected files: 1

Data scanned: 24.29 MB
Data read: 7.95 MB (ratio 3.05:1)
Time: 43.188 sec (0 m 43 s)
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Completed
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I think that there is an issue here that needs to be fixed.

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Did you read the links above?

The application is designed to sniff passwords on your network. That is what it says it does, that is what it actually does.

Unsurprisingly, most apps that do this are trojans or spyware - the key and critical difference here is that you, as the operator of the computer, are specifically choosing to run it.

Many AV companies have created a new category for this class of application - "Hacker Tools" or "Potentially Unwanted Applications" - which makes it clearer, in less inflammatory language, what they are.

If you don't want a password sniffer on your PC, don't install it, but if you do want one, then you're going to have to accept that your anti-malware tools are going to think that it is malware - since basically they cannot know whether it was you that installed it or someone without your permission.

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NirLauncher Update

NirLauncher has been updated to 1.10. It's probably worth updating the portable version.

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currPort is so great, i see

currPort is so great, i see never a better tool for looking conections, and is very smal Smile

hope this tool be in nearly time relassed as offical PA app. i find only one little bug, but is a bug i the toll self, the "about" window can only be closed over clicking on "ok", the window button X not works.

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Thanks for keeping this updated

Can you tell me what the plugins are for?

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No problem

No problem.

Country IP: Used for the "IP Country" column in CurrPorts & SmartSniff.

IEEE: Used for the "Company Name" column in BluetoothView & WirelessNetView.

USB ID: Used for the "Vendor Name" & "Product Name" columns in USBDeview.

And probably a few others too.

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"You can close NirLauncher

"You can close NirLauncher and leave the apps running but you'll notice increased cpu activity as NirLauncher Portable checks/waits for over 200 apps."

You should try and do something about this. I tried the following code for Google Chrome and it ended up being incompatible but it would work nicely for you:

http://nsis.sourceforge.net/ExecWait_and_waiting_for_child_processes_wit...

Basically this will wait until the process you started AND EVERY DESCENDANT PROCESS IT EVER LAUNCHES exits. Extremely useful for Portable App launchers imo.

It should be low on CPU since the GetQueuedCompletionStatus call is passed with an INFINITE timeout so Windows itself handles the waiting and checking for you. Not sure why there's a loop there (that's another fix you can make by removing it).

You may need to fix some bugs, I thought I submitted a fix but I don't see it so it might have been undone. The most critical fix was that you should StrCpy _exec to a numbered variable and use that in the system call instead of directly inserting the string (which can easily confuse system::call if it is a complex string).

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Thanks

Thanks for the info, I'll try & get this in soon.

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updating issue

when updating it never seems to keep my settings.

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Do you mean

Do you mean just the settings for NirLauncher or for all the apps? Are the files still actually there at Data\nirsoft? You should get asked whether you want to reset your config at the end of an upgrade (I might change this soon), the default answer being 'no'. Is this happening? More info please.

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running in Vista and its for all settings, i see the config files in Data\nirsoft but they are not the same.
when it asks me to reset configurations i check No but it still resets them

now it doesn't seem to save individual application configuration settings(EXE file path) at all when just starting the program again, the data\nirsoft files are in there but they dont seem to be writing the user specified settings

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Not sure I'm following you

Not sure I'm following you to be honest so the easiest thing to do would be to rename your main NirLauncherPortable folder & then do a fresh install, make sure everything works, reinstall ('upgrade') then check again. You can copy any app configs over from the old version if it's all OK. Let me know how you get on.

Failing that, if you want to zip it all up & give me a link I'll take a look.

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