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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good Sandbox"

    September 22, 2012  |   By JB_Lapree

    Version: Sandboxie 3.74

    Pros

    extra protection to prevent unwanted changes

    Cons

    The deletion process.
    I did a recovery scan of my drive after clearing the sandbox and found many of the files recoverable. Not a flaw, but a little bit concerning.

    Summary

    I would like to have a more secure deletion of my Sandbox. I run my CCleaner (Wipe Free Space) to clear up any garbage left behind. Takes about an hour to clean my PC this way.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply amazing -- But not for the simple-minded"

    August 10, 2012  |   By Manolodelbombo

    Version: Sandboxie 3.72

    Pros

    Tiny footprint and total protection, that's how I see Sandboxie. While antivirus software keeps your computer busy and needs to scan your entire hard drive, Sandboxie solves the problem of malicious software at root. Think of it as a condom for your computer. Not only that, it's great for testing software that you may not want to keep. Once you purchase a license you get access to forced programs/folders and multiple sandboxes for absolute control. I still use antivirus on my "Internet *****" to test downloaded software.

    Cons

    I've recommended Sandboxie to several people. Many of them give up quickly as they consider it difficult to use. Some of them installed it and didn't quite understand what it was for. It takes time and experimentation before using Sandboxie becomes second nature, but it's worth it.

    Summary

    Do yourself a favour and get this software, it's totally brilliant!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Your shield against malware!"

    March 21, 2012  |   By uper1

    Version: Sandboxie 3.64

    Pros

    Browse the internet and run every untrusted program safely without worry of infection!
    A must have program.

    For those who say it's overpriced? -> You can use Sandboxie on any number of computers that you personally own. It's an awesome one of a time investment.

    Cons

    Been using Sandboxie for 2 years. none so far...

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  • 3.0 stars

    ""Complicated""

    November 30, 2011  |   By tomthabom24

    Version: Sandboxie 3.62

    Pros

    If you are the type of person who clicks on anything, when you surf the Web, I think Sandboxie does what it claims.

    Cons

    I found it more of a problem to work with then if you just put a good antivirus program on your PC. It's not so easy to get things out of the sandbox, that you have downloaded, that you want to save to your HD. If you have anything in the sandbox that you want to save, and forget to take it out, it will delete eveything in the sandbox when you close it. Whatever changes you make, when your in the sandbox will be gone and you will have to make the changes again each time you run programs in the sandbox. If you get updates for programs, that's on your HD while in the sandbox, they will not take affect because the updates were done in the sandbox. The bottom line for me, it's more trouble then the 40dollars they want, then it's worth. Just get a good free antivirus program, and save 40bucks.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "please simplify- not for the average user"

    October 18, 2011  |   By jeterio

    Version: Sandboxie 3.60

    Pros

    the premise is good- not the simplicity of use

    Cons

    too complex
    could not get it to sandbox Firefox, Chrome, -- only IE8 which I don't usually use

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PROTECTION? sandboxie is the right answeer"

    October 17, 2011  |   By visualbuffs

    Version: Sandboxie 3.60

    Pros

    can't live without
    when testing a new software this one help me trace all done by the untrusted application
    most of all the web browsing

    Cons

    the unregistered version will get an annoying "please regiter"
    if u already use the sandboxie for more than 30 days
    other people can't afford it and don't pay for security

    Summary

    I can remove my AV. but sandboxie i can't
    cos sandboxie makes my pc clean and safe
    but now i used AV plus sandboxie
    cos when sometimes AV can't detect and block the virus downloaded while you browse
    sandboxie always and forever can delete this undetected threats
    no virus definition required
    it looks like receive and discard
    although kaspersky had sandboxing technology to their product still sandboxie is my choice

    Updated on Oct 17, 2011

    so the summary is
    web browsing = sandboxie
    installation = sandboxie
    system protection = sandboxie
    USB protection = AV (like ESET)

    thats my protection right now
    look likes eset is protection for USB Only

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  • 2.0 stars

    "No go with 64 bit"

    July 20, 2011  |   By wight1337

    Version: Sandboxie 3.56

    Pros

    Used it all the time 32 bit no problems

    Cons

    Installed on new build 64 bit and all sorts of problems I had to restore with acronis in the end to make my brand new ultra fast computer work faster than a snail pace.

    Summary

    Cant use it on 64 bit great shame as I will miss sandboxie, I came to rely on it :(

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A MUST have!!!"

    July 16, 2011  |   By DaBlkSexy

    Version: Sandboxie 3.56

    Pros

    I love the ability to actively use & run multiple client applications using sandboxie, it's making my work that much easier

    Cons

    Remembering to not click certain links when in my web browser but rather to right click, but it will be ok

    Summary

    I recommend sandboxie to EVERYONE it is a MUST have!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "highly recommended"

    June 28, 2011  |   By manmur

    Version: Sandboxie 3.56

    Pros

    * Run almost any program
    * If malware gets in the sandbox it will not damage the PC
    * Free
    * Small footprint
    * Very little (If any) performance loss to the sand-boxed program.

    Cons

    *After 30 days you will start to get a 5 second delay.
    * If you made any changes to a program while it is in the sandbox (Like new add-on for Firefox) you will have to do them outside of the sandbox to keep them.

    Summary

    I have been using this for over 2 years now. I can say that I am very happy with it. After I have started to use it I have been getting no malware on my PC due to going to a wrong web page or a poisoned site.

    The removal of any malware that does manage to get in the sandbox is easy to remove by deleting the sandbox. As the malware cannot move outside of the sandbox the rest of the computer is safe.

    Any new download can be "recovered" or taken out of the sandbox.

    As a Firefox user there are many add-ons to chose from. If I find one that looks useful to me. I will try it with Firefox within sandboxie first so see if there are any problems with it. If I wanted to keep the new add-on I will have to open Firefox normally to install the add-on. Bookmarks are the same way.

    Even if you do use this I still recommend that you also have a firewall, anti-virus, and malware protection on your PC. It is recommended that you delete the sandbox at lest once a week.

    The only down side to this is the delay that you get after 30 days of use for the program to start. You will have to buy it to get it to start without the delay.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product _ Have used for over 2 years."

    June 15, 2011  |   By Sbvmax

    Version: Sandboxie 3.54

    Pros

    Free version also available.
    Very, very good for testing programs.

    Great way to have 2 instances of Firefox running at the same time with different settings, absolutely love this feature.

    Cons

    US Dollar exchange rate sucks. Therefore to expensive for the paid version right now.
    Might take a little bit to figure out, but when you do you will really like it. I'm still learning some of the more advanced stuff.

    Summary

    I've been using it for many years. The more I started using it and reading up on how to use it and with some trial and error, the more I used it.

    It's a great way to test out Addons on Firefox. A lot of times I run my regular Firefox along with the Sandboxie installed Firefox one. Highly recommend you actually install Firefox or Opera... and __not just piggyback__ on your regular Firefox install. I create a separate folder on C: called SandBoxed_Program Files and install them in there.
    With the Sandboxie Firefox you can turn off your NoScript and some other privacy ones if you want. Sometimes I leave them off and other times turn them back on depending on what I'm doing.

    You can: Run multiple sandboxed programs simultaneously, each in it's own sandbox, BUT it does require a registered version of Sandboxie. Example I assume (don't own paid) is to have regular Firefox going and another Firefox Sandboxie install one and then with the paid also have another. All separate from each other. If use Tab Mix Plus's session manager can use all 3 for very different search sessions. ie.. PC research, 2nd one for the news and gossip and the 3rd could be for just business.
    You can copy and paste the Profiles of each and move around accordingly if you wish. Or you can set the sandboxed Firefox one to use and update your profile, bookmarks... on the fly. I haven't used it this way yet, as I assume it would be a little less secure. But it's nice they offer it though.

    I'd give it 4.8 stars total. I mean nothing should really have 5.0 because you can always improve.

    Sandboxie Forum post I did, shows some of my notes using Sandboxie.
    http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=10707

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