I read of all the serious infections users are getting and asking for help on the Forum and wonder why all these troubles are so prevalent. All Forums are inundated with similar calls for help.
For probably the past 8-10 years I have exclusively used Sandboxie, an extremely user friendly virtual program invented and marketed by that brilliant entrepreneur Tzuk.
My understanding of a virtual concept is that the computer is open to the world, but completely sealed off from the PC operating system. The bugs are allowed to fly around in their virtual environment but can go nowhere.
On browser shut down, all the virtual environment is killed off, complete with bugs. Whatever creepy crawlies were about have not even sniffed the outside of the virtual box - a sealed operating quarantine area. The Fox never gets anywhere near the Chickens.
I have never had a single infection of any worth in all those 8-10 years. A few minor offenders got through at times, but were soon killed of by my AV`s. I have surfed through the Valley of Death many times, you name it, I have been there, but always come out without a scratch.
My question is, why do users ignore the futuristic security prospect of using a virtual system, still plod on with the old AV stuff and get all kinds of bugs invade their PC`s ?
A virtual system has no restrictions, it is infinite, whereas all other security programs depend on constantly updating their data bases in a mad dash to keep up with the bug Maestros. A losing battle of "follow the leader". In A virtual environment, new bugs are no different from old bugs, they are all safely contained and the program never lags behind the bug generators.
I operate the Free Sandboxie program. It has never given a single iota of trouble and updates as necessary. I just never know it is there, battling the bugs, except that I never get any infections as a result. For a short period I did try Returnil, but soon went back to Sandboxie, it is far more simple and easy to operate.
I do on rare occasions have to have an unsandboxed browser, Perhaps this is where the few bugs I have had over the years have got through. I never have any Death Wish with an unsandboxed browser, just do what is necessary and close it.
Edited by yabbadoo, 27 July 2013 - 02:46 PM.