Sandboxie 5.20

Sandboxie 5.20

Reviewed by Chris Thomas on - Version tested: 3.62
  • Size

    8.57 MB
  • License

    Shareware
  • OS

    Windows
  • Price

    $20.95
  • Developer

    Ronen Tzur
  • Updated

    6 Jun 2017
  • Downloads

    19,422 (2 last week)
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"Lets you browse the Web securely."

Overview

Sandboxie 3.62 is a powerful application isolation/virtualization software that lets you run programs within a small partition of your hard disk, so that no data can escape this fraction of your hard drive to do damage to the rest of your operating system. With Sandboxie it is possible to have multiple Sandboxes (isolated partitions) open at once. Any program opened within a sandbox is automatically quarantined from the rest of your computer to prevent the unwanted download and execution of malicious files. The software does this by intercepting all data being stored by applications that have been run within the sandbox, and storing it within a designated area of the hard disk.

Installation

The installation process is straightforward, and no additional software or toolbars are installed. At the end of the installation, you'll be asked to add or remove programs that can become more compatible with Sandboxie through custom configuration settings that will be adjusted automatically. In general, it is best to leave Windows Defender and/or your antivirus present on this list to prevent it from blocking Sandboxie. If you make a mistake during this step of the installation, you can change the software compatibility settings within the Configure tab of the Sandboxie main window.

Interface

The Sandboxie user interface is surprisingly simple, as the full functionality of the software is expounded upon within the Windows interface. For example, if you want to open a program within a sandbox, simply right-click the program and then click "Run Sandboxed." The main interface is the Sandboxie control window, which displays the programs that are opened within the sandbox. If you click the View menu and select files and folders you can view all of the data being held within the sandbox at that time. To change the file on your computer that sandbox data is held in, click the Sandbox tab and then select Set Container Folder.

Pros

  • Eliminates the possibility of having any type of virus cause damage your hard drive, making it perfect for testing questionable programs that might be malicious.

  • Gives you elevated browsing privacy because all of the cookies, history, and temporary files are kept within the sandbox, and can quickly be deleted without being stored anywhere else in the Windows operating system.

  • Installing programs into a sandbox prevents your registry from becoming cluttered and therefore saves hard drive space.

  • Checking your e-mail in a web browser that is sandboxed protects your computer from spam viruses.

Cons

  • Some Microsoft office files can only be saved upon closing the document.

Alternatives

Sandboxie is unique because it is the most compact program that provides application isolation and virtualization capabilities. Perhaps the most similar alternatives are Spoon Studio and BufferZone Pro. More comprehensive virtualization software would be VMware and VirtualBox, but these are for the virtualization of an entire operating system, rather than the isolation of independent applications.

Conclusion

If you frequently download files from the Internet, or would simply like to avoid the hassle of having to remove malicious software from your hard drive, Sandboxie is a perfect solution.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Sandboxie on 7 Jun 2017 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • McAfee:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Sandboxie Antivirus Report

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