Originally Posted by strollin
To answer the OPs questions:
1) Yes, sandboxie is a reputable program
2) It works by isolating the rest of your system from the system within the "sandbox". If the files within sandboxie get infected with a virus or whatever they can be safely deleted without effecting the integrity of your system.
My guess why more people don't use it is because it's extra work to setup and keep maintained. I've heard good stuff about it but have never actually used it.
Sandboxie is more effective than a good AV and a Firewall but doesn't aim at stopping the infection but instead, prevents the infection from spreading to your system. The best AV is ALWAYS a step behind since it cannot recognize brand new viruses until that virus has been identified and it's signature is made known to the AV.
Alright, thanks guys. I'll look into it then.
BUT, interesting, I just realized that my Avast Internet Security has a button called "Sandbox." I think this might be the Avast version of the same thing?
If so, then it'd be even easier for me to use, since it's already part of my AV program!! I'm so slack with exploring Avast that I didn't even realize that button existed until today.
Suppose someone gets some kind of virus/malware "inside" this sandbox thingy:
a.) How would they know it?
b.) How would they delete it or get rid of it? (Would this be annoying to deal with and make the "sandbox" program less worthwhile?)
Thanks one last time you guys!
For me, I'm thinking that I'll probably only use this thing if it's i.) free; and ii.) relatively easy and headache-free to use.