SSDownloader is a small Download Manager Portable App that helps you download security software onto your PC from a USB Flash Drive.
The program has the most popular free and paid security software tools available on the market, including antivirus solutions, malware removal utilities and firewalls. It will always download the newest updated versions of the applications so you won’t have to search for the newest links.
Simply select the applications that you’d like to download and press “Download” and it will download everything automatically in the background. You’ll be notified as soon as they’re all finished downloading. The links for each application will be updated every time you launch the application.
SSDownloader, which is short for “Security Software Downloader”, places all of your options in just a single window. It also provides quite a few settings to customize with.
When you launch SSDownloader, this portable app will automatically detect your operating system, (including whether it’s a 32 bit or 64 bit system), and then it will fresh its database and download the correct software versions accordingly, presenting an excellent selection of free security applications for Windows computers.
SSDownloader will not automatically run or install any of them on your system however, that choice is obviously left up to you. The program recommends that you use its auto-detect options, but you can also enable file download for either Windows XP, Vista, 7 at either the 32 bit or 64 bit versions.
When you launch SSDownloader, you’ll see five pretty self-explanatory tabs: Free Antivirus, Security Suites, Malware Removal, Firewalls, and Other Tools. Within these tabs you’ll find around a total of 50 programs. Simply check the box next to the ones you want, and then click Download. It’s that easy.
The Antivirus tab on the window has many of the popular applications, including Avast Antivirus Free, AVG Antivirus Free Edition, Comodo Internet Security and Panda Cloud Antivirus. The “Security Suites” screen gives you the power to download trial versions of the well known programs such as Kaspersky Internet Security.
The Malware Removal tab gives you access to plenty of great apps too, such as Spyware Doctor, HiJack This, Malwarebytes, while the Firewall tab has both free and trial programs, such as Comodo Firewall Free and DefenseWall Personal. Some other notable programs include WinPatrol, LastPass, CCleaner, AutoRuns, Process Explorer, and CyberGhost VPN.
Trial versions of programs like Norton 360 Security Suite are also provided in case you’re trying to appease someone who only goes for “name brand” protection instead of our better go-to apps. Yeah there are definitely still people like that, believe me.
All downloaded items are placed in a user-defined folder and you need to manually install every single app. A feature upgrade to automatically start the installation of downloaded apps could really come in handy.
If you’re like me – constantly being called up by family, friends and even neighbors to provide tech support, troubleshooting, and computer advice – then you’ve probably had to install security applications on other people’s computers more than once. It’s even possible that you’re doing this at least once every day. I’m not even the IT guy at work and I sometimes end up having to do these things for my boss. If so, you might want to go ahead and grab SSDownloader.
Not long ago my boss came over to me with one of his malware-infested laptops. Some particularly nasty Trojan had made its way onto the system (despite the presence of a certain big-name security suite, cough, ahem), rendering it more or less inoperable. The Start menu wouldn’t work, programs wouldn’t run, and I couldn’t even get Task Manager to appear.
In a situation like this, I always turn to my trusty USB Drive, which I keep uploaded with a few of my favorite malware/spyware/antivirus security tools. The best way I’ve found to make sure that I’m up to date with the latest versions of those programs is with SSDownloader, which makes downloading current versions of popular antivirus, antimalware, firewall, and utility software a snap.
This portable app reminds me a lot of Ninite, the really great free software that downloads and installs you favorite programs. SSDownloader works pretty much in that same way, but with a primary focus only on PC security. As mentioned before, this app is completely portable, which means it works just fine from a flash drive without any host installation required.
Its window interface is a little on the plain side, but if you own a USB drive or even if you don’t, I can’t recommend this portable app enough. Overall, SSDownloader makes it a snap to download a wealth of essential security software and is an excellent way to make sure you’ve always got the latest installers at the ready. Any future improvements would only make it even better, and with SSDownloader, you can rest assured that you’ll always have a full-featured computer protection system.