Prevent Virus Infections with Sandboxie, The Virtual Environment Without a Virtual Machine
Trust No Program, that is Sandboxie’s motto…and we agree when it comes to programs from unknown sources. Which is why we are going to show you how to prevent virus infections with Sandboxie in this tutorial. Best of all, Sandboxie is free and nothing in this tutorial requires anything but a few minutes.
Sandboxie is a very useful security tool that runs on Windows 7 through Windows 10. It is essential to anyone who wants to download files and make sure they aren’t running anything malicious in the background. It is easy to prevent virus infections with Sandboxie with the right knowledge. Some of you may already be testing individual files on Virtual Machines like VMware Workstation or Virtual Box to prevent your host operating system from infection, and with Sandboxie you can do this without the need of a virtual machine that takes up more CPU and RAM than Sandboxie ever could.
So, what is Sandboxie? It is a virtual sandbox environment on your computer than can isolate programs so they cannot make permanent changes to your programs or PC. You can see what is running in the background to make sure the program is not bound with a RAT, Keylogger or other malicious software.
How to Use Sandboxie To Prevent Virus Infections with a Virtual Environment
Setting up Sandboxie
- Download Sandboxie from their download page and install it. You can find it here: http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?DownloadSandboxie
- Once installed, Open the Sandboxie to configure it. Click on the system tray icon after opening it in your start menu or shortcut to open the control center.
How to Check If a File Is Infected
Step 1: Run a program in Sandboxie. Once you have a file you think is suspicious, you can right click the program and click “Run Sandboxed.”
Step 2. Choose the default box, wait a few seconds and click the button to continue within Sandboxie.
Step 3. Once you have opened your application in Sandboxie, you will see a yellow border indicating that it is sandboxed. Take a look at your Sandboxie control center to see the programs processes. You will see the default SandboxieRPCSs.exe and SandboxieDcomLaunch.exe and then your program.
If the program has a virus bound with it, the virus will show along with the Exe file. So instead of 143VPN.exe showing up alone you would see 143VPN.exe and underneath that another .exe, such as server.exe.
Step 4. Go to View, and select Files and Folders, then expand them. From here you can see if the program starts to make changes to your folders that are unnecessary for a typical program to run, such as messing with system settings. Keep expanding it to see if it drops anything.
Using Sandboxie to Prevent Virus Infections Is Simple Isn’t It?
Yes, it is a very great program to use to test files for infection and to keep them from changing things you don’t want if they happen to be infected. You can use Sandboxie to open a web browser as well to prevent it from leaking viruses from ads and other files onto your computer. Sandboxie is only one of many ways to protect yourself, and this is not a fail-safe or the only method of safety you should take to prevent virus infections. Remember, always to use a Virus Protection program and keep a firewall up as well, and keep safe when it comes to the internet. Don’t trust everything, or as Sandboxie says: Trust No Program