Run IE or Firefox from a USB flash drive ?

Posted on 2007-07-26
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I have a SonicWall SSN VPN appliance at my office and I use it to access my office PC from a remote location. It is a neat product that does not require installation of any software on remote/client PC.
It is all web based and I must use either Internet Explorer or Firefox.

The way it works is:
1. Open the web browser
2. enter certain HTTPS address
3. Login into the SSL appliance
4. Click on a link for a office PC to access it
5. In order to access my office PC,  I must download and install certain Active X components or Java
So, the remote PC or laptop must have the Active X and/or Java installed.

All of this works fine if I use my personal laptop or PC.

Many times, when I go out of my house, I do not carry my laptop with me and sometimes I need to access my office PC (SSL VPN appliance) using a Public PC (library, hotel etc).

99% of times these public PCs have settings that permanently block downloading any Active X components or Java. (which is understandable)
So in this case I can not access my PC using web based SSL - VPN.

I was wondering if still there is a way to use public PCs with all blockings by simply plugging a USB flash drive and running IE or Firefox from that USB drive.
I would somehow have necessary Active X or Java also installed on that USB drive.

Is this possible at all? Do you have any other solutions?

I read about option running Opera from USB U3 flash drives, but SonicWall does not support Opera.

Question by:Terrace

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I found info on portable Firefox:


No Portable Java - Sun's Java VM needs to be installed locally as it makes a slew of registry entries, etc. There is no way to make it portable at present, so you will only be able to use Java-enabled sites on machines that have the Sun Java VM installed locally.

Is there a portable IE with ability to add on certain Active X?

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Marc Z earned 2000 total points
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He didn't stop there, though.
http://johnhaller.com/jh/mozilla/firefox_internet_explorer/ kind of lets you make Portable Firefox look like IE but he real key is to use IETab extension
in the Portable Firefox profile.  Now IE does need to be in the default location on the computer you are going to use and I don't know how to carry the ActiveX on the USB drive, but give it a shot.

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