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wondering about sandboxie

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#1 manicpc


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:19 PM

is sandboxie a good program for protecting against malware?

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:51 PM

Yes it is, but there are some limitations. It will prevent all system modifications including updates for specific programs running in the sandbox, and also uses system resources.


If you would like to go down the path of complete system protection there is also another application called Deep Freeze. It is a more "complete" protection in terms of preventing system modification. Although not free, well worth looking at if you are interested in this sort of protection.





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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:59 PM

Sandboxie was silently acquired, and then they changed their licensing and terms.

I bought a license years ago, but I don't know if I would to that again today under the new conditions.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:22 AM

Sandboxing is a technique which creates an isolated operating/virtual environment in which applications can be run, tested or installed without permanently modifying the local drive. Sandboxes can be used for security and software development as well as for testing and debugging code.

A sandbox is a secluded environment on a computer, where you can run untested code or malware to study the results without having any ill effects on the rest of your software. A virtual machine is the most commonly used example of a sandbox, since it emulates a complete computer, called a guest operating system, on the main machine (called the host).

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Sandboxing can also be used as a form of malware prevention as described below by virus Bulletin.

A sandbox is a small, sealed-off version of an environment offering a minimal set of services, and is used as a test area. Actions carried out within the sandbox are safely contained within the area and cannot leak out to affect more important parts of a system. Sandboxing is used within security software to unpack compressed or encrypted files, or to analyse the behaviour of unknown items. Larger-scale sandboxing tools are available for improving the security of computing environments - for example, browser sandboxes seal web browsers off from the host system, preventing malware from damaging it.


For more specific information about how sandboxes work, please read A Taste of Computer Security: Sandboxing.

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