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BufferZone Pro

CNET Editors' review

TrustWare's BufferZone Free takes a "proactive" approach to Internet security by isolating your browsing activity and personal data in a "Virtual Zone" that excludes all existing and potential threats, even "zero-day" threats that haven't yet been added to antivirus updates. BufferZone doesn't require regular updates, and it doesn't replace your antivirus, firewall, and other security tools. It adds an additional layer of protection by buffering your computer's connections to potential threats. It supports all major browsers and messaging tools as well as other popular software. However, the free version currently works only in 32-bit Windows editions. We ran BufferZone on a desktop in Vista and in Windows 7 Home Premium on a Netbook.

BufferZone required a reboot during the installation, which isn't unusual for security software. We opted for free registration to receive updates--always wise with security software. BufferZone's setup wizard also let us configure e-banking and e-shopping sites (including eBay) as well as Outlook files and other files and documents to its protected zone. BufferZone identifies windows protected by the Virtual Zone with a red border that, far from being distracting, is actually quite attractive. Right-clicking the BufferZone system tray icon let us open the program's interface or choose to surf outside of the program's protection or unload it. BufferZone's interface displays protected programs, which we could easily edit, uninstall, and remove. BufferZone can also create "snapshots" that can be used to restore settings, if necessary.

We tried IE 9, Firefox 4, and Google Chrome with and without BufferZone applied. Each time we first opened a browser in BufferZone, the program automatically optimized itself to the browser's settings. BufferZone slightly slowed our bandwidth in each browser, though the effect was hardly noticeable. More surprising than the slight speed difference in each browser with and without BufferZone's protection was the difference in speed between the browsers themselves. Chrome was the fastest, followed by Firefox and IE9, respectively. However, Chrome inside BufferZone beat both Firefox and IE9 outside BufferZone, and not by a nose. BufferZone's slight speed reduction is a small price to pay for its unique and robust protection, and for most broadband users, it shouldn't be an issue.

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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Doesn't work on IE 9 or Firefox 21"

    June 8, 2013  |   By ssherif1

    Version: BufferZone Pro 4.04-185

    Pros

    Good features and claims sets of program, file folder, and changes are protected. But.. No way to validate. For example, it gives you count of risky registry edits that were blocked including programs that were prevented but you will never to know what and when. Just believe I guess..

    Cons

    On both browsers, the features disappear such as plug ins, the borders are restricted so you can not scroll through web pages to see the pages below your current view. Run super super slow and on 2 occasions I had to force shutdown Firefox and iexplorer too and restart to continue browsing. It simply hangs and eats up memory.

    All this in 2 hours since installing it. Now it's uninstalled and am happy happy again.

    At least it was free to but a waste of time for me.

    Summary

    Fun to play with if you want to kill some time. You will end up uninstalling it quickly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A GREAT PRODUCT"

    June 7, 2011  |   By iltqh

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.41-14

    Pros

    It can stop all threats, u can juz open it up, if there is some processes show up on the bufferzone, simple forbid it and it is done.

    Cons

    nothing bad

    Summary

    Highly Recommend this product.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy use, not so easy."

    May 2, 2011  |   By RFStinger

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.41-14

    Pros

    It can proptect in real time the pc from threats, when online.

    Cons

    A simple action like open google browser becames an blank action, meaning, google and other programs don't run. Also because I've short amount of disk space (c:), I wanted to unintall buffer program

    Summary

    I need a simple program that can protect me from net malware and virus in a simple way. I know that I don't have experience and knowhow using the program, nevertheless everybody should have also a clear option to uninstall all unwanted programs, without difficulty. The uninstall option in Buffer menu doesn't work, as other programs don't run.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free preventive protection"

    October 18, 2010  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.40-86

    Pros

    Great program that allows you to separate the data that are placed in a bearing folder called "virtual" under disk "C".
    This program work well, easy interface. At the beginning a tutorial tell us how it works.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the free version only works with window explorer.

    Summary

    The program starts automatically when you start window or it must be started manually, if automatic startup is disabled.
    At this point when you open Internet Explorer, the whole program is surrounded by a red line and all the downloaded data, even with the different download manager, are saved in folder "virtual".
    To erase all traces, at the end of the browsing, the folder "virtual" can be removed.
    The program will create it again in the next session.
    The paid version also allowed several other options to protect data and other browsers including.

    Updated on Oct 24, 2010

    24- october -2010
    Unfortunately I had to uninstall the program because:
    1 - it did not enable the explorer browser to download updates to Windows Update;
    2 - fairly visible even slowed the firefox browser on some sites
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  • 3.0 stars

    "God if you are seeking an "always on" virtual zone."

    October 12, 2010  |   By Rich73Kelly

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.31-46

    Pros

    Does what it is intended to do.

    Cons

    I am seeking something I have control over starting when needed. Not something that switches itself back on every time IE is opened.
    It only works with Internet Explorer. I tried with Firefox and Google Chrome. Neither was protected.

    Summary

    Was difficult to locate program after download. Be sure to note the download location. Does not appear on the Desktop or in the all programs list.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Top Rated Protection!"

    August 29, 2010  |   By ronf28

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.31-46

    Pros

    Easy to install; easy to use; works like a charm.
    awesome product, one of the best.

    Cons

    Great software, i have no complains at all.

    Summary

    having used this software for nearly 2 months," I'm sold.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free preventative protection"

    August 9, 2010  |   By jeff_camb

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.31-46

    Pros

    Free, easy to use, nice interface.

    Cons

    the free version protects only IE and MSN messenger.

    Summary

    I found this very user friendly. would recommend it!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program"

    August 8, 2010  |   By bushman 8

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.31-46

    Pros

    Great program, especially being able to access downloads and keeps them isolated and you can run a scan

    Cons

    the free version should give more browser to to use instead of just I.E

    Summary

    Good interface for less advanced users.
    I think BZ is a keeper

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Doesn't work on 64-bit"

    August 4, 2010  |   By RyanPN

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.31-46

    Pros

    Dono, couldn't get it to run.

    Cons

    Windows 64-bit not supported? Most lame message ever. 32-bit programs should be able to run.

    Summary

    Made by someone who doesn't know what they are doing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    June 15, 2010  |   By romanj07

    Version: BufferZone Pro 3.31-46

    Pros

    Great program, especially being able to access downloads and deleting them later in one-click.

    Cons

    you can't virtualize firefox with the free version

    Summary

    Excellent interface for less advanced users.
    I think BZ is a keeper

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