Sandboxie 5.55

Free Access a protected environment to interact with unsafe software
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Run programs in isolation from the rest of the system to ensure the protection against malware. Prevent any modifications being made to your computer and securely navigate unsafe web pages or text potentially infected software in a virtual environment.

Sandboxie can protect your operating system from undesired changes by running programs in an isolated area. This way, a sandboxed program cannot make permanent changes to your PC. Likewise, you can run web browsers in a “box”, which makes you immune to all kinds of threats coming from the Internet while totally preserving your privacy. Not only that, it gives the possibility of sandboxing your email client to safeguard yourself from infected attachments.

Despite the complexities inherent to the processes running “under the hood”, the application is very easy to use. In this respect, the main program can be invoked from the System Tray to create as many sandboxes as you may need and stop running applications. In addition, it lets you configure various aspects, such as program alerts, system integration, and software compatibility. However, the easiest way to sandbox an application is by using the corresponding command from the right-click menu.

All in all, Sandboxie is quite effective in protecting your system. This comes in particularly helpful when you need to run a program that could be potentially harmful. This eliminates the need to use a virtual machine instead. Yet, Sandboxie may seem somewhat expensive, mostly when equally effective tools are available at no cost. It has two versions with different prices and features: Home and Commercial.

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  • Compatible with any type of application
  • Accessible from the contextual menu
  • Unlimited sandboxes
  • Protects you from Internet threats
  • Preserves your privacy


  • More expensive than other similar tools

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When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some harmless, like recording the addresses of Web sites you have visited, so the browser can help you complete a Web address that you type in. Some more harmful, like the unsolicited installation of malware. When you use Sandboxie to protect your browsing session, it catches all these changes just as the browser is about to apply them into your computer system. Sandboxie does record these changes on behalf of the browser, but it records them in a special isolated folder, called the sandbox. Thus, with Sandboxie, you can browse the Web securely while still keeping all your browser's functionality for active and dynamic content, such as Javascript and ActiveX. All undesired side effects, including the removal of malware, can be easily undone.
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Version 3.42 improved support for Windows 7 and Windows Media Player 12 and support for environment variables changed within the sandbox... Yahoo Yahoo Yahoo

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a must-have tool when testing bleeding-edge software

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