Safe Web Browsing with Sandboxie

It seems like, recently, there have been a whole lot of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities in the wild and even more virus’s running rampant on the internet. After having removed quite a few this week I decided to do a short write up on a tool I use quite often when working with, and trying too analyze malware. The tool is called Sandboxie.

What does Sandboxie do?

Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

The home page for Sandboxie is here and the tool is completely free and no annoying advertisements. Download and installation of the tool is fairly straight forward so I am not going to go through that.

Any Program can be run in the Sandboxie environment once you get it installed. Its actually a really nice tool for opening email clients as well if you are prone to getting questionable emails.

Once its installed you can check out the entry in the all programs menu for some extra options:

start_menu

We are going to focus on running a web browser such as Internet Explorer in a sandbox environment:

If you look at the previous picture you will see there is a option to run the web browser in Sandboxie, there is nothing wrong with launching from this menu, however, this only launches the default web browser and since I use multiple web browsers this option doesnt really suit my needs.

Sandboxie adds a option to the right click menu to launch the browser “sand boxed”:

start_menu

As far as I can tell there is no real significant reduction in browser speed when running Sandboxie.

If you like running your browser in Sandboxie you can just modify the current icon on your desktop which launches you web browser to execute the Sandboxie command as well. The easiest way to do this is from Sandboxie control which is one of the selections in the Programs menu.

Under the configure menu is a selection called Windows Shell Integration:

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This menu provides some easy options for making “sand boxed” icons on your desktop for easy launching of programs in a safe environment. I hope someone maybe able to use this tool to keep them selves a little safer out on the internet.

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