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Sandboxie 3.66

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Publishers Description

When you run a program on your computer, data flows from the hard disk to the program via read operations. The data is then processed and displayed, and finally flows back from the progam to the hard disk via write operations.

For example, if you run the Freecell program to play a game, it starts by reading the previously recorded statistics, displaying and altering them as you play the game, and finally writing them back to disk for future reference.

Sandboxie changes the rules such that write operations do not make it back to your hard disk.

Data flows in both directions between programs and the sandbox. During read operations, data may flow from the hard disk into the sandbox. But data never flows back from the sandbox into the hard disk.

If you run Freecell inside the Sandboxie environment, Sandboxie reads the statistics data from the hard disk into the sandbox, to satisfy the read requested by Freecell. When the game later writes the statistics, Sandboxie intercepts this operation and directs the data to the sandbox.

If you then run Freecell without the aid of Sandboxie, the read operation would bypass the sandbox altogether, and the statistics would be retrieved from the hard disk.

The transient nature of the sandbox makes it is easy to get rid of everything in it. If you were to throw away the sandbox, by deleting everything in it, the sandboxed statistics would be gone for good, as if they had never been there in the first place.

Anti-Virus Software, Anti-Spyware Tools
These tools scan your computer files and registry settings looking for known viruses and unsolicited software (spyware). Such tools can only remove viruses and spyware they can identify, and usually only after that software has made its way into your computer. Contrast this with the Sandboxie approach, which keeps the viruses and spyware trapped in the sandbox, and makes them disappear when you throw away the sandbox.

Untrusted Browsing
The ActiveX mechanism lets Web sites run little programs in your computer. These are mostly well-natured programs, for example automatic download managers or automatic toolbar installation. Some not-so-well-natured Web sites use this mechanism to install spyware into your computer. You could browse with ActiveX disabled (by turning it off, or by switching to a browser that doesn't offer support for ActiveX), but you would be trading security over functionality. With Sandboxie, you can keep ActiveX turned on, and have both security and functionality.

What's New in Version 3.66 (See full changelog)

  • Improved compatibility with Google Chrome and Firefox plugin for Firefox version 11.
  • Improved compatibility with Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.
  • Improved compatibility with SpyShelter, Kaspersky PURE
  • Improved compatibility ASUS CapsHooks, UltraRecall, Wacom Tablet devices.
  • Files and registry keys outside the sandbox can be hidden, similar to the closed paths feature.
  • Programs in the sandbox can create new files or registry keys within the write-only locations.
  • Programs in sandbox will display the sandbox name when right-clicking the task bar button.
  • Windows which belong to programs in different sandboxes will not be combined into the same task bar button.
  • A middle-click on the task bar button will start a copy of the program in the same sandbox.


Scanned & Checked: Apr 06 2012 08:51 AM

When we last updated Sandboxie, we made sure it was still virus and malware free and the developer's site had no proven issues in any of the reputable site advisory services. In the unlikely event you notice any issues, please let us know immediately, otherwise we will schedule this software for another scan the next time it is updated.

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Noticed this one had only 3 stars. Can't imagine what issues anyone might have with this simple yet very effective virtual environment freeware....I vote 5 stars!!
I have to agree as long as everyone understands this is not a VM.
I voted 5 stars for this excellent sand-box.
Works with every version of windows during the past 10 years both x86 and x64.
Yes Bala...this is definitely not a Virtual Machine.

It does provide a virtual environment though. Funny how words and their usages pass into the language, it was always a virtual environment and then along came Sandboxie and so the now common 'sandbox' was coined.

Before that, a sandbox used to be where the kitty cat did its business. :)
I agree with Jim on this,, Sandboxie looks like a winner. 5-stars.

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