Sandboxie

Sandboxie

Sandboxie prevents permanent changes to your system
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“Sandboxing” an application means running it separately from the rest of the system. This is usually done when you are testing software and want to keep your system safe from unwanted modifications. Thus, this procedure is very effective against malware and defective software. And this is what Sandboxie does: it creates an isolated space on your hard disk where all the changes take place without affecting other areas. Moreover, the application lets you create as many sandboxes as you need. These spaces can be easily managed with Sandboxie Control, a sort of headquarters of the tool.

Most of the time the application runs as a small icon in the corner of the screen which you can use to start a program or even delete all the contents of the sandbox. In addition, there is Sandboxie Start Menu which shows the same programs you can run from Windows Start Menu, but with a difference: all the applications you start from it will work in a sandbox. Finally, as Sandboxie is integrated into Windows shell, when you right-click on a program or its shortcut, you will be asked if you want it to run it in a sandbox as well.

Beside testing apps, you will probably find that Sandboxie is also good at protecting your computer from email and Internet-spread viruses. It’s as simple as sandboxing your e-mail client or Internet browser. And if you are worried about losing your work in these conditions, you should not, because the program lets you save the results to an out-of-the-sandbox location.

In general, although Sandboxie is not the only application that can do something like this, it is probably the easiest one to use, so I strongly recommend you to give it a try.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • It is easy to use.
  • It offers effective protection against malware and defective software.
  • It uses various methods.
  • It allows making desired changes permanent.

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive.

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Murtuza When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some harmless, like recording the addresses of Web sites you have visited, so the browser can help you complete a Web address that you type in. Some more harmful, like the unsolicited installation of malware. When you use Sandboxie to protect your browsing session, it catches all these changes just as the browser is about to apply them into your computer system. Sandboxie does record these changes on behalf of the browser, but it records them in a special isolated folder, called the sandbox. Thus, with Sandboxie, you can browse the Web securely while still keeping all your browser's functionality for active and dynamic content, such as Javascript and ActiveX. All undesired side effects, including the removal of malware, can be easily undone.
What's new in this version:

Version 3.42 improved support for Windows 7 and Windows Media Player 12 and support for environment variables changed within the sandbox...

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kale great

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kale a must-have tool when testing bleeding-edge software

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