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Image: iStockphoto.com/charnsitr Let's face it: One of the primary Windows admin tasks is keeping machines free of infection. It's inevitable. End users will open files, install cutesy apps, and go to sites they shouldn't go to. When they do these things, their machines get infected. When their machines get infected, you could wind up fighting a losing battle—unless you have the right tools.

But sometimes the antivirus tools installed on the machine just aren't enough. When that time comes, you'll be glad you have one (or more) tools on your USB drive to help you out. I've found five such tools that could certainly get you out of a serious pinch. All these tools are portable and work like champs.

ClamWin Portable ( Figure A ) is very much like its big brother: It's free, open source, and does a great job of disinfecting machines. ClamWin has a high detection rate, has frequently updated definitions, and provides an easy-to-use graphical interface. ClamWin doesn't offer a real-time scanner, but that's not an issue for a portable version. This is my go-to portable virus scanning software.

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Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your ...

Image: iStockphoto.com/charnsitr Let's face it: One of the primary Windows admin tasks is keeping machines free of infection. It's inevitable. End users will open files, install cutesy apps, and go to sites they shouldn't go to. When they do these things, their machines get infected. When their machines get infected, you could wind up fighting a losing battle—unless you have the right tools.

But sometimes the antivirus tools installed on the machine just aren't enough. When that time comes, you'll be glad you have one (or more) tools on your USB drive to help you out. I've found five such tools that could certainly get you out of a serious pinch. All these tools are portable and work like champs.

ClamWin Portable ( Figure A ) is very much like its big brother: It's free, open source, and does a great job of disinfecting machines. ClamWin has a high detection rate, has frequently updated definitions, and provides an easy-to-use graphical interface. ClamWin doesn't offer a real-time scanner, but that's not an issue for a portable version. This is my go-to portable virus scanning software.

Spybot - Search & Destroy (sometimes known as Spybot-S&D) is a malware, spyware and adware removal program for Microsoft Windows. Like most malware scanners, Spybot-S&D scans the computer hard disk and/or RAM for malicious software.

Spybot was written by German software engineer Patrick Michael Kolla, and is distributed by Kolla's company Safer Networking Limited. Development began in 2000 when Kolla, still a student, wrote a small program to deal with the Aureate/Radiate and Conducent TimeSink programs, two of the earliest examples of adware.

Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.