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#1 chiiibill

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:42 AM

Virtual environment with numerous settings. Should a new program that you are testing prove 'troublesome' or if your pc becomes infected, a reboot will eliminate the problem.

Can create exclusions such as AV updates, create a D/L folder outside of the 'environment, etc.

 

http://www.shadowdefender.com/index.html

 

Anyone try this? Any similar apps?

 

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:56 AM

The program has been around for a while. Shadow Defender and Sandboxie are examples of a sandboxing tool.

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).

Sandbox Sensitivity

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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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:01 AM

Thanks again, quietman7, for a quick and informative reply.

Appreciate the links.



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 10:06 AM

Be noted that Shadow Defender and other similar system virtualization tools will not be able to revert the changes caused by crypto ransomware, so be sure to keep backups or have active antivirus and antimalware protection regardless.

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 01:43 PM

Thanks for the 'heads-up' Sintharius.

 

Now running:

PC1 - KIS+ MBAM Pro + MBAE+ MBAR

PC2- NIS + MBAM Pro + MBAE + MBAR

Laptop- BIS + MBAM Pro + MBAE - BIS has built-in anti-ransomware settings.

Hitman Pro runs on boot-up.

 

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 02:58 PM

The widespread emergence of crypto malware (ransomware) has brought attention to the importance of backing up all data on a regular basis. The only reliable way to effectively protect your data and limit the loss with this type of infection is user education and to have an effective backup strategy. A backup strategy is not only effective against ransomware and other harmful malware but also helps with catastrophic scenarios like hard disk failure, power failure and power surges which can damage internal hardware components. In some cases, the system can be rendered unbootable and you may not have access to the computer to back up any data. A computer's hard drive will not last forever and at some point its going to fail and eventually need replacing. Hard disk failure can occur suddenly without warning or it could occur gradually due to failing areas of the disc requiring repeated read attempts before successful access or as a result of bad clusters accumulating over time to the point the drive becomes unusable.

Backing up data and disk imaging are among the most important maintenance tasks users should perform on a regular basis to protect themselves from malware infection, yet it's one of the most neglected areas.
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Posted 05 October 2016 - 03:03 PM

Shadow Defender is actualy a bit similar to Sandboxie because of virtualisation/isolation...more similar rather to Returnil/Quitezone or Toolwiz Time Freeze. Sbie can virtualize only part of disk space/system whereas SD and others so called "light virtualisation apps" can virtualise...and by this way protect...whole system or non system disk.
 

Be noted that Shadow Defender and other similar system virtualization tools will not be able to revert the changes caused by crypto ransomware, so be sure to keep backups or have active antivirus and antimalware protection regardless.

 

Of course it can do this..why do you think that it cant? SD protects system by virtualising disk/disks so every changes even made by malware...actualy all of them...in shadowed system are made only temporary and are rejected after system reboot. That's the simply way of protection against unwandet changes. I'm using SD more than 6 years and it's the base of my security setup.
One of the biggest threads about SD one can find here

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/the-unofficial-shadow-defender-support-thread.293075/


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 07:57 AM

I like Shadow Defender, but imo it's a little cumbersome to use. Maybe it's just me but I prefer something like Reboot Restore Rx or RollBack Rx Home which is easier to use.

Toolwiz Time Freeze is also very good.

Deep Freeze is also an option. Mind you, if you're going to go this route RRRX is the same functionality but free...



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Posted 06 October 2016 - 09:49 AM

Thanks, TheITGUI.



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Posted 06 October 2016 - 02:37 PM

Only had time for a quick look. Reboot Restore (free) does not allow for exceptions (ie: AV updates, etc). Should apps update will there be issues on reboot?

 

Also, I remember, way back Norton (then Roxio) put out GoBack. Rollback Rx seems to be a similar type of program. How does it impact system? Also, free version limits snapshot count. Can you just delete the oldest?

 

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 03:12 PM

In regards to Rollback Rx Horizon DataSys Support & software issues...read this discussion topic: System Restore..Alternative !.
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Posted 06 October 2016 - 03:57 PM

Whoa! Thanks for the link, quietman7.

 

Scanned the thread. Will read it through tonight. Reads like a thriller novel.

 

Appreciate the assistance/heads up.



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Posted 06 October 2016 - 04:25 PM

Not a problem.
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Posted 07 October 2016 - 01:24 AM

I like Shadow Defender, but imo it's a little cumbersome to use. Maybe it's just me but I prefer something like Reboot Restore Rx or RollBack Rx Home which is easier to use.

Toolwiz Time Freeze is also very good.

Deep Freeze is also an option. Mind you, if you're going to go this route RRRX is the same functionality but free...

The main cause why I'm using SD is - using shadow mode in SD on clean system and making unconsciously some unwanted/dangerous changes (like infection) you will always go back to clean system. Using IRS apps and making by the same way unconsciously unwanted/dangerous changes you will make snapshot of it...if you will use that snapshot to revert previous state - you will be still infected.

Of course one can say "where is AV/IS or whatever to detect?"...yes, they probably can detect malware and remove them from system but we never know if our AV is prepared to detect all kinds of malkode.


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Posted 07 October 2016 - 06:00 AM

Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected. An anti-virus program alone does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time.
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