Why are so many PCs getting infected with malicious software? That question alone could fill a book but it comes down to a single problem: rights on the system, and the ability to write data so that the malicious program stays on the computer even after reboots.
Returnil System Safe Pro clones the operating system and loads an identical copy of it, instead of the real deal. While that does not change anything related to rights, it ensures that viruses, trojans, worms and other malicious software will not be able to stay permanently on the system. It works in this regard much like a LIVE CD where it is also not possible to save data on once it has been burned.
But Returnil System Safe Pro is more than that. Before we go into detail we need to look at how the program operates.
Returnil places an icon on the computer desktop after installation. This toolbar acts as a control panel for the application. The very same options are provided by the system tray icon as well. Users can disable either one, or even both of them, in the program preferences.
Returnil System Safe Pro will not start the virtual mode automatically, it is up to the user to do that. The homepage screen shows the current system status including if virtual mode is active or not. Virtual Mode is the virtualization mode that lets the user work with a copy of the operating system.
Virtual Mode can be activated straight away from the home page of the program. This is a fluent process that does not require a restart or configuration at all. With Virtual Mode active, all changes to the system are by default not saved. This includes pictures, documents or any other data that is saved to it during the mode.
It would not be very handy if one could not save data at all. That's where the built-in file manager comes into play. The file manager can be used to break the virtual shell and save selected files to specified folders on the hard disk to have access to them after shutting down Returnil's virtual mode. Users can define files or folders that should remain after restart.
Most activities in virtual mode remain only active as long as the mode is active. This includes for instance program installations and web browsing activities. There are a few exceptions to the rule. Everything that you do online, like writing a blog post, remains online as long as it is stored online. Returnil System Safe Pro furthermore protects only the main partition of the computer where the operating system is stored. It is possible to save data to other partitions if available or external drives. Finally, it is also possible to save data to network drives.
The computer needs to be restarted if the user wants to leave virtual mode again. This is done to load the original operating system without the changes that have been made to it during virtual mode. Returnil System Safe Pro can be configured to always start in virtual mode which could be beneficial in test environments or public computer systems.
Returnil in addition offers realtime virus protection which can be disabled if another antivirus solution is already in use on the system.
The system requirements are the following:
Returnil System Safe Pro's greatest strength is its simplicity. All it takes to enter virtual mode is a click of the button. Users who just want to use the computer, and those who store their documents online or on secondary partitions, can leave the program settings as they are. Advanced users find enough room for tweaks there as well.
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