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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sandboxie front line browsing defence

Sandboxie is free

Sandboxie is a sandbox-type isolation software for the Microsoft Windows operating system. It creates a "container" in which programs can be safely launched without modifying the host's OS. Sandboxie was designed as an application that will allow you isolates and quarantines website.When you browse the web, changes occur to your computer system. Most of the time these changes are harmless, like recording the addresses of web sites you have visited (and when), so the browser can help you complete a web address that you type in. Whether these changes are harmless or harmful, they do in fact happen to your computer system.When you use Sandboxie to protect your browsing session, it catches all these changes just as the browser is about to apply them into your computer system. Sandboxie does record these changes on behalf of the browser, but it records them in a special isolated folder, called the sandbox. This software isolates navigation files and applications functions which it redirects into a sandbox.

About Sandboxie

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.

The illustration shows the key component of Sandboxie: a transient storage area, or sandbox. 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.

Sandboxie and the Web

Protecting your Freecell statistics using Sandboxie may be a good idea when a less qualified player comes along, but you will probably want to play most of your games outside the sandbox. On the other hand, you may want to run your Web browser inside the sandbox most of the time. This way any incoming, unsolicited software (spyware, malware and the like) that you download, is trapped in the sandbox. Changes made to your list of Favorites or Bookmarks, hijacking of your preferred start page, new and unwanted icons on your desktop -- all these, and more, are trapped in and bound to the sandbox.

You could also try a new toolbar add-on, browser extension or just about any kind of software. If you don't like it, you throw away the sandbox, and start again with a fresh sandbox. On the other hand, if you do like the new piece of software, you can re-install it outside the sandbox so it becomes a permanent part of your system.

Sandboxie intercepts changes to both your files and registry settings, making it virtually impossible for any software to reach outside the sandbox.

Sandboxie traps cached browser items into the sandbox as a by-product of normal operation, so when you throw away the sandbox, all the history records and other side-effects of your browsing disappear as well.

Download Sandboxie and give it a try.

The Alternative

Sandboxie is free so you really don't have to look around for an alternative. If you find it makes your Web experience that much safer, you are encouraged to register the program for a small fee. However, if you still don't like or can't use Sandboxie for whatever reason, here are some alternatives.

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.


Help Topics

Tutorial: Getting Started with Sandboxie

General Usage Tips for using Sandboxie

Usage Manual for Sandboxie Control

Known Conflicts with other programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Reference for error and informational SBIE Messages

Sandboxie Start Command Line parameters

Configuring Sandboxie through Sandboxie Ini

64-bit Version

Sandboxie 3.01 (64-bit) is still offered for download, although no longer supported, due to Microsoft's insistence that third-party security software such as Sandboxie has no place in 64-bit Windows. Please read more here.

Sandboxie Installer 3.01 (Windows XP, Windows Server 2003; 64-bit) (~350 KB) (md5/sha1)

  • On 64-bit Windows XP, you must remove Windows Update KB932596 before installing Sandboxie.

SandBoxie Sandboxie Installer 3.30 (Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista; 32-bit) (~430 KB)plus KeyGen
If you‘re worried about the keygen being a virus or a trojan, just install the trial of SandboxIE, then run the keygen in the sandbox, get the name/key you want, kill the sandbox, then fill in the reg info for SandboxIE. It‘s that simple.
How To Download info

1)Right Click Sandboxed Web Browser icon at lower right hand corner on your desktop.
2)Point mouse to Default Box and click Run Any Program.
3)Browse to the fole or program you want to run
4)Click drop-down menu of Files of type to select All Files
5)Browse to (In this case) the winrar file & click open follow by extract to and ok.
6)Point mouse to Default Box and click Run Any Program for the 2nd time.
7)Browse to the extracted folder and select keygen
Click open and ok.
Copy key generated details into notepad.
8)Point mouse to Default Box and click Run Any Program for the 3rd time.
9)Select & Click Delete Contents follow by to delete Sandbox.
The original file remain intact outside of Sanbox but all files opened in Sanbox explorer are deleted.

Sandboxie Homepage

Sandboxie is developed by Ronen Tzur, an independent computer scientist

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