Sandboxie 4.02 introduces full 64-bit protection

The sandboxing software Sandboxie is one of those programs that comes in really handy if you are testing a lot of software on your PC. It runs select software in a sandbox that is more or less separate from the underlying system so that malicious code cannot penetrate it.

It is not only ideal for software tests though as you can mitigate different attack forms with it as well. You can use it to mitigate drive by downloads for instance if you are running your browser in a sandbox.

What makes Sandboxie special is that it is offered as a free version as well as a commercial one. The free version is somewhat limited but ideal to test the program to see what it is capable of before you make a buying decision.

Yesterday's update to Sandboxie 4.02 introduces a much requested feature: full 64-bit protection. Sandboxie previously offered protection on 64-bit systems through its Experimental Protection feature which used semi-official kernel interfaces for that. Since those interfaces were not fully documented the feature was tagged as experimental.

The release of Sandboxie 4.02 changes that as the program is now offered full protection for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system. The developer has removed the Experimental Protection features as a consequence in the latest version of Sandboxie.

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Two additional changes are listed in the program's change log.

First, compatibility with popular programs such as Office 2013, Avast!, EMET, Norton Internet Security or Windows 8 has been improved. Especially Windows 8 users benefit from the change as the previously used Experimental Protection feature was not offered for the 64-bit version of the operating system.

Support for Windows 2000 was removed in the Sandboxie update so that Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now the oldest supported operating system.

You can download the latest version of the program from the developer's website. Note that the installer combines 32-bit and 64-bit versions and that you can overwrite your existing installation to upgrade to the latest version of the application.

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Responses to Sandboxie 4.02 introduces full 64-bit protection

  1. ank91 June 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    i use Avast on demand SAND BOX

  2. Beachbouy June 18, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    So, give us a review and tell us why you use it.

  3. Eli June 18, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I use the Sandbox feature that comes along with COMODO's Internet Security, it works well enough, I keep it off by default but when I need to run something I'd rather keep "confined" I turn it on and right click the app and run, it runs whatever in a Virtual Folder confined to it, then when I'm done I just delete the folder that the Sandbox created and turn off Sand Box mode. Done with no traces.

    Does Sandboxie work similar to this? I might give it a try but I don't want anything having to run in the background when not needed or have extra services get started up upon booting. I also don't want to waste precious HD space either, so anyone want to break down the usage of Sandboxie for me? Ideally it would just be a on demand program I would run when needed and after it's use I would delete the folder or whatever it ran the program in, then just turn off Sandboxie until next needed use.

    Does Sandboxie require a partition?

    • Martin Brinkmann June 18, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      No it does not require a partition, it does all that for you automatically and gets rid of everything once you shut down the sandbox again.

      • Eli June 18, 2013 at 11:18 am #

        Ah, so it really only uses a tiny amount of HD space for the Sandboxie install, then will only create the space needed for the process (lets say 300Mb's) then after you're done using it you can delete that 300Mb's and get that space back. Am I correct on this?

        Also can Sandboxie be setup to not run automatically, and only on prompt.

      • Martin Brinkmann June 18, 2013 at 11:57 am #

        You can delete the contents of the sandbox at all times (once no programs are running inside anymore).

        Eli, check this out: http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?FrequentlyAskedQuestions#OccasionalUse

    • Eli June 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      Thanks, literally what I was looking for exactly.

  4. Rick June 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Sandboxie creates a folder on your hard drive where it keeps the "virtual" files of whatever is sandboxed. It creates the virtual registry etc in that folder as well. As a result, you don't run into the virtual drive being too small to run the app that you have with some other solutions.

    Why use Sandboxie? It's not just to browse the net. In fact, I never use it for that.

    If you want to install a program to see if it's something you like, run the installation in the sandbox. If you decide that the app isn't for you - you just empty the sandbox and no changes have been made to your real registry or system. If you like the app, then install as usual.

    I like using Sandboxie to create portable (or semi-portable) apps. By reviewing the files created in the sandbox (and copying them to the "real" side), you can almost always run a program without installing it. I said semi-portable as a true portable will not make registry changes.

  5. SFer109 June 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Martin,

    I've used the (free) Sandoxie,
    on my 32-bit XP-PRO PC, for 7 years.

    Easy to use, non-obtrusive.

    I wish the author of Sandboxie
    would do an ,
    which runs as easily as in my XP version,
    when the latter does not get any more Security Updates,
    in April 2014.

    Martin,
    maybe that is an interesting, future GHacks Article,
    (in SIMPLE TERMS),
    how to get the protection of Sandboxie in Ubuntu LINUX version.
    ie: would using a Guest Session
    in Ubuntu LINUX help ?

  6. SFer109 June 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    missing from my prev. post (above):

    I wish the author of Sandboxie
    would do an , ......
    ^^^^would do an UBUNTU Linux version^^^.

  7. Karl J. Gephart June 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I must be missing it, but I don't see anywhere on Sandboxie's website how long you can use the software free or what the benefits are between free and paid?

  8. thomas June 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Definitely one of the best security programs- have been using it for many years - and would not dream of doing my banking other than sandboxed. I like the fact that the developer is constantly on the forum and always willing to help in case there are incompatibility issues with other software.

  9. Mountainking June 19, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Martin, I had an issue once with sandboxie. Sandboxie works by creating the folders it needs in a specific folder. When you terminate the application, it deletes the files contained in the specific folder.
    In instances, where you have a power failure or the system crashes, you are left with those leftover files on your HDD and they are not deleted. Not sure if this has been resolved.
    As it stands, over time, you can unknowingly accumulate useless clutter on your disk drives...

    • Martin Brinkmann June 19, 2013 at 3:37 am #

      You can clear the folder easily using Sandboxie. Right-click the Sandbox and select Delete Contents.

    • Rick June 19, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      If you use Sandboxie as often as I do, that right-click / empty becomes a huge annoynance.

      I simple dos batch RD %DIRECTORY%\DefaultBox /s /q

      Compiled to an exe sits this sits in my taskbar for a one click empty.

  10. imu October 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Long lasted good deal for lifetime license and multiple computers has ended,since October 2013 any new user will need to pay once a year and a license will be valid only for one machine :(

    I'm happy I have purchased mine some time ago so that change doesn't affect me :)

    source: http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=16676

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