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Run IE or Firefox from a USB flash drive ?

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Hello,

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.

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Question by:Terrace
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by:Terrace
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I found info on portable Firefox:

http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

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
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419
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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