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Sandboxie 3.62

Trust No Program!

http://www.sandboxie.com

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Yeah, Sandboxie is cool.

It was fun trying to explain to one of the security heads at MS what it was.

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I never heard of it before, but it sounds damn useful.

I've been doing my testing (for my own programs, not spyware infested crap) in a Virtual Machine (VMware 6 FTW!), but this looks like it could eliminate tons of overhead!

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How does this work with Windows Vista? It looks pretty neat.

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How does this work with Windows Vista? It looks pretty neat.

it says its compatible

its kind of funny, last night I opened winamp and it said there was a important update I had to do, so I went and downloaded it with firefox. When I got done installing it I had this icon next to my clock that said "get 50 free mp3s"

I was like @(()#()# , but then I realized that because I installed it from firefox it was a sandboxed install. I was like yay! So I told sandboxie to kill all sandboxied processes, and just deleted the sandbox, then reinstalled winamp, and then this time unchecked that box, problem solved!

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there are similar apps like bufferzone and defensewall but sandboxie sounds alot better.

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question: Lets say i run most of my installed programs through sandboxie (games, photoshop, etc) and i were to reinstall windows, could i save that sandboxie "program files" folder with its registry and just install sandboxie on the new windows install and have all my old programs back with my previous settings?

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I have heard of this before and thought about trying it a few times, but until now I hadn't seen it explained in a way that made me want to try it so bad. Good explaining! I do however have a question. You said you installed it "inside a virtual XP install inside virtualbox"... I'm wondering would a virtualbox be better and maybe could you point to something or explain what that is a little bit? The differences mostly.

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I've heard of people using this to bypass internet filters and run programs such as msn in places like school/work to avoid detection but alas it doesnt support Win 98 so it's no good to me

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Looks cool. Would it be safe for me to test dodgy programs inside it? Don't wanna screw my pc up lol.

Also, how do I set it up to work from the context menu, I keep getting an error: "Could not invoke program".

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question: Lets say i run most of my installed programs through sandboxie (games, photoshop, etc) and i were to reinstall windows, could i save that sandboxie "program files" folder with its registry and just install sandboxie on the new windows install and have all my old programs back with my previous settings?

That is a very good question, and i'm not sure, but I will test that out. Sandboxie does have the option to restore files from the sandbox. What that means is that when you are done or if you just feel like restoring a file it will move it from the sandbox location to the original location on the hard drive. It always gives you that option before you delete the sandox.

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That is a very good question, and i'm not sure, but I will test that out. Sandboxie does have the option to restore files from the sandbox. What that means is that when you are done or if you just feel like restoring a file it will move it from the sandbox location to the original location on the hard drive. It always gives you that option before you delete the sandox.

Yea if its possible, im in. Im a pretty safe guy about what programs i install on my pc but if what i asked is possible on sandboxie, hell that would open a world of possibilites xD

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I have heard of this before and thought about trying it a few times, but until now I hadn't seen it explained in a way that made me want to try it so bad. Good explaining! I do however have a question. You said you installed it "inside a virtual XP install inside virtualbox"... I'm wondering would a virtualbox be better and maybe could you point to something or explain what that is a little bit? The differences mostly.

Never mind, I got it on my own.. thanks tho. Sandboxie is nice.

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hasn't happened yet, but if in some point in time he gets sandboxie working off a USB stick, then any app installed sandboxed on the stick automatically gets turned into a portable app.

There is a guy working a script to make this happen, its on the sandboxie forum.

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I'm running my iBook just now but I can't wait to try this on the home pc when im back from vacation!

Couple of questions though...

Does Sandboxie run programs at full speed? Meaning they load/run as quickly as they would without it? I wouldn't see why not but its worth asking.

Whats memory usage like and do you have to have a Sanboxie "process" running with windows at all times?

Thanks, can't think of anymore questions just now!

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Me like :D

I think they're trying this for Windows Vienna. Of course, MS make it sound much more impressive.

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Whoo been using sandboxie for firefox since this thread started, sandboxie on usb would be awesome, i could use all my programs at school!

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I'm running my iBook just now but I can't wait to try this on the home pc when im back from vacation!

Couple of questions though...

Does Sandboxie run programs at full speed? Meaning they load/run as quickly as they would without it? I wouldn't see why not but its worth asking.

Whats memory usage like and do you have to have a Sanboxie "process" running with windows at all times?

Thanks, can't think of anymore questions just now!

The first time you start an application in sandboxie it does take a few extra seconds for sandboxie to transfer files the application requires over to the sandbox. Once thats done the startup time from there on is about the same, however if you tell sandboxie to delete the sandbox every time you exit the applications, then you are going to get the same few extra seconds every time. Sandboxie does have an option for multiple sandboxes (not sure if this is only in the paid version) you could then have sandboxie delete the contents of 1 application on exit and not others.

The memory usage with sandboxie is the following

sandboxiedcomlaunch.exe = 2,184k

sandboxieRpcSs.exe = 3,176k

SbieSvc.exe 2,120k

control = 2,732k

The sandboxiedcomlaunch.exe and sandboxieRpcSs.exe are running only when you have an application opened and sandboxe. SbieSvc.exe and control.exe remain even when not sandboxed

If you only have 256 megs of ram you might see a slight slow down with the amount of ram its using, if you have anything over 1 gig, I don't think it will matter

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Great review!! I am now going to install and try this out! Thanks!

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I use this program out at the local (little) airport for inside the break room, where they have a computer setup for pilots to come in and browse the net. Besides the computer being setup as a limited user, they are sandboxed in this.

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this looks great. it'll save me booting up a VM to test out any dodgy looking programs. its x64 compatible too :D

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where is post 1 through 15? There are no links to go to the other pages.

EDIT: showed up after a bunch of refreshes

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Very interesting! Cant wait to get home from work and try this out! :)

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SO I take it your system admins aren't on top of things like this if the possibility exists that you could run it at school? Maybe via USB?

I'd have this blacklisted immediately. But then again I kill all access to USB drives for students but allow it for staffers. But yeah, I'd imagine most admins would blacklist the exe file - and if it has to install a service you can't just do it under any account.

So let's hope it doesn't allow you guys to run wild on school networks! :p

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but can you sandbox norton?

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