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What is “Sandboxie” and is it worth having.


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#1 Nawtheasta

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 08:39 PM

Hello All
On a non computer forum I have been reading about software called Sandboxie
Suppose to protect from infections by containing viruses and malware in the “sandbox” of its program so that it cannot infect your computer.
I would like to learn more about this. Specifically is it as good as it sound? Also what is the downside?
I did a search here at BC but only find it mentioned in passing or highlighted in HJT logs.
My suspicion is that if it was really great BC would have a link for it.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:17 PM

Quite a few of us use it
I believe it's listed in the Freeware Apps. subforum
http://www.sandboxie.com/
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:57 PM

The only negatives I found back when I used it, was the learning curve and remembering to use it at all. With the free version, at least when I tried it, you are limited to only one sandbox at a time. For me personally more trouble than it was worth. But thats a personal choice. It has benefits that many find useful.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 06:11 PM

The only negatives I found back when I used it, was the learning curve and remembering to use it at all. With the free version, at least when I tried it, you are limited to only one sandbox at a time. For me personally more trouble than it was worth. But thats a personal choice. It has benefits that many find useful.


I agree 100%, also, for the free version there is a splash screen after you have been using it for 30 days.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:29 PM

Thanks for the advice. I have been looking at the Forums on the Sandbox site. I know that you will always have individuals that have problems with any program but I was getting the impression of some issues with the latest version of FF and Java conflicting with sandboxie, I think I will wait for a while before I try this.
Thanks again for the responses.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:37 PM

I use Sandboxie and its great for surfing the unknown territories of internet. I do not use al the time, just when surfing an unknown or known attack site (do not ask).

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 11:33 PM

I use it extensively; no troubles so far. I sprang for the paid version.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:54 PM

I also use it fairly often without any problems. I would recommend that you try it out Nawtheasta.
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 06:51 PM

or known attack site (do not ask).


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Posted 24 February 2010 - 08:50 PM

I don't go online without Sandboxie, my favorite security app. Bought a license after just 2 days into the trial, can't recommend it highly enough.

Very good 3-part review HERE.

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 11:45 AM

Thanks again for all the info. on Sandboxie. I find myself asking though why does not Firefox or IE incorporate this into their browser? I would think any browser that did this could brag about having a very a high level of protection. Also the incorporation process would address up front some of the compatibility issues I see mentioned on the Sandboxie forum. Would not this increase their traffic and use immensely?
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Edited by Nawtheasta, 09 March 2010 - 11:47 AM.


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Posted 09 March 2010 - 07:02 PM

That is a good question, I don't really know an answer to it, but it may be because to install a sandbox, the program must install a driver. Plus, in Sandboxed mode, NOTHING is left on the computer except for downloads/bookmarks, so no temporary files, cookies, etc. and some people like the benefits that cookies and temporary internet files can bring (faster page loads, auto fill out forms, etc)




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