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Sandboxie logoIf you've tried all the anti-virus/spyware/adware software out there and still keep getting infected, then you might consider using a radical alternative. Sandboxie basically acts as a middleman between your PC and any programs and applications that are running on it and offers an interesting alternative to traditional anti-malware apps.

When you run a program on your computer, data flows from the hard disk to the program via read operations. The data is then processed and displayed, and finally flows back from the progam to the hard disk via write operations. Sandboxie changes the rules such that write operations do not make it back to your hard disk. This doesn't affect the operation of your programs in anyway but crucially, it prevents any nasty programs from leaving unwelcome gifts on your PC.

It's particularly effective against the dangers of ActiveX. The ActiveX script allows websites to run small programs on your computer. They are mainly harmless but some use them to install spyware on your computer. Normally, your best option is to browse with ActiveX disabled (by turning it off, or by switching to a browser that doesn't offer support for ActiveX), but in doing so, you would be trading security over functionality. With Sandboxie, you can keep ActiveX turned on, and have both security and functionality.

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  • A. MacDonnell |
    25/10/08
    A. MacDonnell

    I concur with Nicholas Mead. My experiences over the last three years with this product are quite simply astounding. After logging thousands of hours and tens of thousands of sites I can honestly say this one deserves a wow. I have discovered I can freely download questionable software from even more dubious sources without ANY residual activity on my machine. The result is I have been able to explore countless pieces of software allowing them to interact freely with my operating system without any concern for pending disaster. Very slowly, year after year as it earned my confidence, I reduced the number of pieces of trusted software protecting my system. Currently, and for the past year and a half it is the only tool, apart from my firewall, I have discovered I need. This has greatly freed up my system resources.

    The catch? According to the systems creator, as of October 2008 it can ONLY offer complete protection to 32 bit systems. Keep checking their site as eventually they may surmount this difficulty. I cannot imagine my surfing life without it.

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