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Create sandbox in Windows 7?

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#1 GoshenBleeping


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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:40 PM

System:  Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit


Occasionally I want to download a file via a link in an email. And  I would like to download this file to some type of sandbox so that should the file contain malware, ransonware, etc., my system would be protected. Essentially I would want to double click this file within the sandbox and be 100% assured that NO DAMAGE can be done to my system because any actions the file would take would be kept within the sandbox.


Is this possible?  If so, how is this accomplished?

Edited by hamluis, 14 February 2017 - 08:05 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to General Security - Hamluis.

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#2 smax013


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Posted 13 February 2017 - 09:32 PM

One options is to set up a VM running Windows as a guest OS while also having Windows as your host OS. To do this, you would need a VM program such as VirtualBox (free) or VMWare Workstation for Windows (not free).  You can then follow the instructions for that program to setup the VM and install Windows.  Note that you will also need another Windows license (I believe...I don't believe you can use your existing Windows license to also install a guest OS).
With the VM, if something happens to the Windows guest OS, you can then roll it back from a backup of the VM file or many VM programs have "snapshot" (saved states of the VM that you can revert to if something happens).
There are other options that I have heard about, but do not know much about.  One such option is Sandboxie.  I have never used it or done any sort of deep reading/researching of it, so I have not idea of how well it works.  Others might be able to comment.

#3 Didier Stevens

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:12 AM

What type of files are you talking about? Executables, documents, ... ?

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