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  • SHADE Sandbox

    Sandbox application, works for all versions of windows (XP - Win 10), both 32 & 64 bit.

    • Costs $21.65 EACH year... which is WAY too much. And Sandboxie has countless positive reviews, which Shade lacks. Guest • Jan 2020 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • You can't run multiple programs at once. Guest • May 2019 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has best performance(cpu consumption) than Sandboxie but, the high security seems to be the best characteristic. Guest • Apr 2018 • 6 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Windows

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  • Firejail

    Firejail is a SUID security sandbox program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications using Linux...

    • Easy to use, and has a very good, but really ugly GUI. Guest • Feb 2019 • 2 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Shadow Defender

    Shadow Defender is an easy-to-use security solution (for Windows operating systems) that protects your PC/laptop real environment against malicious activity and unwanted...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Windows Sandbox

    a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

    • Sandboxie - once a great program is now extremely buggy in the latest Windows 10. Windows Sandbox while it is a light VM just works out of the box and is meant to be used as a Sandbox. ChaanakyaNov 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Windows Sandbox has way more requirements that make it unviable for a lot of users. From the official site: "Prerequisites for using the feature Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider build 18305 or later AMD64 architecture Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) At least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended) At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthreading recommended)" soulrainJan 2020 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • WinJail

    Sandboxing software for Windows OS WinJail is full implementation of chroot, with additional features like "copy-on-write" mechanism applied to chroot'ed...

    Commercial Windows

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  • BufferZone

    BUFFERZONE is a patented containment solution that isolates threats to defend endpoints from malware, zero-days, ransomware, drive-bys and more. An Ounce of...

    • It is not for the common user for protection. As stated on their website, "BUFFERZONE is available to Enterprise companies only.". You must request a demo first. Guest • Oct 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Supported technology. restarted as an enterprise solution in 2015 and supports the latest W10 64bit and Windows 7 32/64. Guest • Apr 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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Sandboxie Plus Comments

Comment by ATx
about Sandboxie Plus · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

This is a must have little application. It allows you to test executables to see how they behave, without allowing anything being modified outside the specified Sandboxie folder, everything is written to files in the sandbox.

You can run infected files without harm to your PC, or run installers and copy/move the files you want (ie, make it portable) to another folder.


Comment by dugaduga
about Sandboxie Plus · Sep 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Sandboxie is an indispensable tool for browsing safely and executing questionable files; so secure you can run a virus inside it without it affecting your PC. "The problem we have is that browsers are inherently insecure," says Kevin Johnson, CEO at IT security consulting firm Secure Ideas. For example, HTML5 [used by youtube] offers no secure sandboxing protection, such as what Flash can have in the Chrome browser, he notes." Yes, web browsers are the weakest link in online security next to close source routers with out of date firmware. Without a sandbox you can't browse 100% securely. There were security holes recently patched in Chromes own sandbox. With sandboxie, you can stick an untrustworthy sandbox inside an unbreakable sandbox and nobody can harm your computer! Sandboxie cant stop hackers from accessing your computers data, but it will stop them from making any changes or permanent infections. All you do is empty the sandbox and the infection is GONE. I wish there were more and better apps out there, but at the time of this post sandboxie takes the cake.


Licensing change

Comment by Anamon
about Sandboxie Plus · Dec 2013 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Lifetime licenses are offered again for home users! Old comment left here for reference.

As of October 9th 2013, the developer has changed Sandboxie from a purchase to a subscription model. You have to pay a recurring fee of currently €15 yearly. The regular registration (perpetual/lifetime license) is no longer offered for sale.

I understand the reasoning behind it – continued work on the project needs to be supported somehow – but I personally think a subscription model is the worst way to go about this, and significantly lowers the value of the product for paying customers. Why not charge a fee if people want to upgrade to major new versions? By all means, sell an "update subscription" that goes at €15 a year, so people have the choice. But remotely disabling a software that a customer has at one point paid for is just wrong and disrespectful. The customer's continued use of an old version that's no longer updated costs the developer nothing.

It seems a very crummy move to me, potentially inspired by Adobe, who have gotten a well-deserved and massive blow of criticism for doing the same thing to their entire product range (which I believe might yet spell their downfall after some 30 years as an industry leader).

I should add, though, that the free version of Sandboxie is very generous in its functionality. If the paid license expires, it will not break completely, but revert to the unlicensed version, lacking some handy features and displaying nag screens, but remaining functional. That's generous of the deveoper, and at least the price of the subscription is fair. Still, the new subscription model makes it hard for me to unconditionally recommend the application to friends.


This is no longer the case.

I noticed that too, on my last visit to the site. It seems like they can't decide what they want, changing licensing models like fashion trends.

On one hand I'm glad that I got my lifetime license while I could, but on the otherhand, using a software that is now only sold as a subscription service leaves a very bad aftertaste. I generally don't want to support, in any way, developers who use such underhanded tactics.

Maybe their next change of mind is not far away. I would assume that the last time they decided to offer real licenses again, it was also based on customer complaints.

Sandboxie is now an open source project.

Comment by fotzenlecker
about Sandboxie Plus · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

This tool is absolutely indispensable for consideralby reducing the risk of your computer being infected with malware when surfing on untrusted websites. Just run your webbrowser in a sandbox. And, of course, it's also very useful for testing executable files and patches from unknown or questionable sources. Just run the exe in a so-called sandbox and afterwards delete all the data that's been written to the sandbox. Sandboxie might seem a bit alien to unexperienced users. But in fact, it's very easy to use. Once you understood the concept, you will find this software is an invaluable security guard for risky things on your computer.


Comment by dgemu12
about Sandboxie Plus · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Excellent program, can be used for free at reduced functionality. Recommended for those of us who browse sites we really shouldn't.