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  1. Add "Run in Sandbox" options on Windows 10 Run in Sandbox is a useful PowerShell script that Windows 10 administrators may use to add options to run executable files, zip archives, and scripts, in the Windows 10 sandbox. Microsoft introduced Windows Sandbox in late 2018 as a way for administrators to run content in its own environment to avoid harm or changes to the underlying system. The Windows Sandbox is available in all professional versions of Windows 10 version 1903 or newer, but Windows 10 Home administrators may add it to Home systems as well; check out this guide that explains how to do that. Run in Sandbox adds shortcuts for various file types to File Explorer on Windows 10. Once installed, all it takes to run a supported file type in the sandbox is to right-click on it and select the "run in sandbox" option from the context menu. The main requirement for the script is that Windows Sandbox is installed already on the system. You can add the sandbox by searching for "turn Windows features on or off" and checking the "Windows Sandbox" entry in the Control Panel applet that opens. It is likely that this is going to be moved to the Settings app in the future, but for now, it works. To install Run in Sandbox, do the following: Download the latest version from the developer's GitHub project site, e.g. select Code > Download Zip. Extract the archive on your system and open a File Explorer instance to navigate to the folder. Select File > Open Windows PowerShell > Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator. Run the following commands in the PowerShell prompt and select Y whenever you are prompted. Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted .\Add_Structure.ps1 Set-ExecutionPolicy AllSigned The script adds the context menu entries to File Explorer. Note: When I tested the script on an English Windows 10 Pro version 2004 system, I noticed that it added French menu entries instead of English ones; this is probably a bug but easy enough to understand. Run in Sandbox supports PS1, VBS, MSI, and EXE file types at the time of writing. The script creates a WSB file when you select the Run in Sandbox option from the context menu and the sandbox will be launched automatically afterwards. Scripts, PS1 and VBS, display two context menu entries instead of one. The first runs the script without any parameters, the second allows you to add parameters. Closing Words Run in Sandbox is a useful tool for system administrators, software testers, and other users who like to execute content in a safe environment. While that is also supported by third-party applications like Sandboxie, it is not always allowed to run these in work environments. The Windows Sandbox offers a way out. Add "Run in Sandbox" options on Windows 10
  2. Here’s how to enable and use Windows Sandbox on May 2019 Update With the May 2019 Update, Microsoft is adding something called Windows Sandbox. The feature basically allows users to create an isolated Windows environment to test high-risk software without messing up with the system. Windows Sandbox is an isolated, temporary, desktop environment where you can run untrusted software without the fear of the lasting impact on your PC. Any software installed in Windows Sandbox stays only in the sandbox and cannot affect your host. Once Windows Sandbox is closed, all the software with all its files and state are permanently deleted. If you’re someone who installs apps from untrusted sources regularly then Sandbox might be the perfect solution for you. You can follow the steps below to enable and use Windows Sandbox on your Windows 10 PC. To use Sandbox you will first need to enable it and to do that, you will need to open search and type “turn windows features on or off”. Select the first option to open the Windows Features features dialog box. Now look for “Hyper-V” and make sure it’s checked. If not, click on the box beside it to enable Hyper-V. Next up look for “Windows Sandbox” and click on the box on the side to enable it. Now click on ok to save changes and wait for Windows to download the necessary files. This should not take more than a minute. Now click on “Restart Now” to restart your device. This should enable Sandbox on your device. To use it, you will need to go to search and type “Windows Sandbox” and press enter. This should open another window with a brand new Windows that is isolated from the host. If in case you can’t find Windows Sandbox option in Windows Features then make sure virtualization is enabled. To check this, you will need to boot your computer into BIOS. Windows Sandbox requires Hyper-V to work so if you’re device doesn’t support virtualization or you can’t enable it for some reason then you’re out of luck. Source
  3. Sandbox broken in Windows 10 May 2019 Update for some Insiders Microsoft has served up some important improvements to Windows 10 with the new Sandbox feature in May 2019 Update. Windows Sandbox is a new space in the latest version of Windows 10 for safely running untrusted executable files. Windows Sandbox offers users a containerized desktop environment to run untrusted apps. However, Sandbox isn’t working for some users as per the Reddit discussions and Microsoft’s own support bulletin. In a recent update to support document, Microsoft has revealed Sandbox may fail to start on Windows 10 May 2019 Update Build 18362.113 for some users. Windows Sandbox error 0x80070002 Microsoft says that Windows Sandbox may fail to start with error 0x80070002. “Windows Sandbox failed to start. Error 0x80070002. The system cannot find the file specified,” the error reads. The Sandbox is broken for users with multiple system languages installed, the support document adds. “Windows Sandbox may fail to start with “ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND (0x80070002)” on devices in which the operating system language is changed during the update process when installing Windows 10, version 1903,” Microsoft explains. Unfortunately, Microsoft isn’t aware of any valid workarounds at the moment. The company says it’s already working on a fix and expects it to land in late June. It is likely that Microsoft will ship the fix with the first or second cumulative of June, or Microsoft could wait even longer to implement the fix. Source
  4. Microsoft is working on Windows Sandbox, a sandboxed environment for the Windows operating system, currently. The feature is being tested in Windows 10 Insider Builds currently and it is possible that Windows Sandbox will find its way into Windows 10 version 1903. The initial version of Windows Sandbox was quite basic: users could launch it on Windows 10 devices and use it, but that was about the scope of it. Sandbox Config files Starting with the latest builds, it is now possible to use config files to customize certain aspects. Config file support is basic at this point but it allows administrators and users to launch apps or scripts automatically in the sandbox. In other words: you may run something in the sandboxed environment automatically. The config files use XML and have the extension .wsb. You may run any .wsb file with a double-click or by running it from the command line or by using scripts. Windows Sandbox .wsb scripts support the following configuration options currently: Enable or disable the virtualized GPU. Enable or disable networking in the sandbox. Share folders from the host. Run a startup script or program. Most options are straightforward at this point in time. Virtualized GPU <VGpu>Disable</VGpu> -- Disables virtual GPU support in the sandbox. Software rendering will be used. <VGpu>Enable</VGpu> -- Enables virtual GPU support. Networking: <Networking>Disable</Networking> -- Disables networking in the sandbox. <Networking>Enable</Networking> -- Enables networking in the sandbox. Shared Folders: <MappedFolder> <HostFolder>path to the host folder</HostFolder> <ReadOnly>value</ReadOnly> </MappedFolder> You need to specify a folder that you want to share with the host system, e.g. c:\virtual, and whether you want it to be read-only or support write operations as well. ReadOnly values are true (make it read-only) or false (read and write support). Note that folders are always mapped under the path C:\Users\WDAGUtilityAccount\Desktop. Command on Logon <LogonCommand> <Command>The command</Command> </LogonCommand> You may specify a file name and path or a script. The command explorer.exe would work, as would reference to a script, e.g. C:\users\wdagutilityaccount\desktop\test\start.cmd. Example XML file <Configuration> <VGpu>Disable</VGpu> <Networking>Disable</Networking> <MappedFolders> <MappedFolder> <HostFolder>C:\Users\Martin\Downloads</HostFolder> <ReadOnly>true</ReadOnly> </MappedFolder> </MappedFolders> <LogonCommand> <Command>explorer.exe C:\users\WDAGUtilityAccount\Desktop\Downloads</Command> </LogonCommand> </Configuration> Save the file as something.wsb and launch it whenever you want to run the sandbox with this configuration. It is pretty basic: disables the virtual GPU and networking, maps the Downloads folder of the user account Martin, and launches File Explorer in the sandbox that displays the Downloads folder. Closing Words Config file support extends Windows Sandbox functionality significantly as you may use these files to share folders with the sandbox and run scripts. You could use it to map a downloads folder and run downloaded files in the sandbox for that extra bit of security. We will update the guide when new features are introduced. Source: How Windows Sandbox config files work (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  5. Microsoft confirms that Windows Sandbox fails to launch on Windows 10 Insider build 18305.1003 Nearly two weeks ago, Microsoft released a cumulative update for the Windows 10 Insider build 18305 to fix a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, if you have already installed the build 18305.1003 (KB4483214), the Redmond giant has confirmed that it breaks Windows Sandbox as well Windows Defender Application Guard. Microsoft quietly added this known issue to the release notes for the build 18305 yesterday. If you really want to use Windows Sandbox, the only workaround as of today is to uninstall this update from the Windows 10 Settings app. On Microsoft’s Answers website, Windows Insider Pauli O also provided steps on how to hide this update (via Tero Alhonen). If you haven’t tried it yet, Windows Sandbox is a temporary desktop environment where Windows If you haven’t tried it yet, Windows Sandbox is a temporary desktop environment where Windows admins can safely test untrusted software. Compared to traditional VM solutions, Windows Sandbox will permanently delete all your apps and their related files once you close it, which means you can start with a clean slate the next time you use the feature. Windows Sandbox promises to be a very interesting addition for the upcoming 19H1 update for Windows 10, and you can learn more about it in our previous hands-on video. Source
  6. Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows Defender would become the first antivirus to be sandboxed. However, security researcher Didier Stevens learned that, due to a bug, the feature couldn’t be properly enabled if he shut the PC down instead of restarting it. Windows Defender Sandbox Off to a Bad Start Right now, to enable the sandbox feature for Windows Defender in the latest Windows Insiders preview build, you would have to create a system environment variable called "MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX" and set its value to 1. Then, to activate it, you would have to restart the PC, too. However, Didier found that if you shut down the PC instead, the feature would no longer activate. Didier recounted how he found the bug in a handler diary on the SANS Institute website: Didier also noted that to be sure that the sandbox is activated, you could use a program such as Process Explorer and check if the Windows Defender process “MsMpEng.exe” comes with a child process called “MsMpEngCP.exe.” If that child process doesn’t show, then make sure that the MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX variable is created and set to 1 and then restart your PC. Consequences of a Default Antivirus Solution When Microsoft launched Windows 8, the company also shipped it with the Windows Defender antivirus (previously called Microsoft Security Essentials) by default. This meant users wouldn’t need third-party antiviruses anymore (in theory), which inevitably brought its own set of issues. One of the issues was that other antivirus companies didn’t like that Microsoft was making them obsolete, because before long, most users may learn that they don't need another antivirus to protect their PCs. Making Windows Defender the default antivirus also meant that it became the malicious actors’ primary antivirus target. To make their malware run on Windows machines, attackers would have to first learn how to bypass the Defender protections, otherwise their malware would always be blocked as soon as it landed on users' PCs. Microsoft would eventually learn about those new attacks and protect against them, as other antivirus companies typically do when they learn about new attacks about which their antivirus wasn't previously aware. However, it could still take many months or years before the attack and specific Defender bypass would be discovered. New Windows Defender Sandbox Feature Yet another issue created by Windows Defender being the default antivirus solution on hundreds of millions of PCs was that more sophisticated attackers would also be encouraged to find ways to turn Defender against its own users. Like most security solutions, to be effective, Windows Defender also needed high privileges to access and scan all sorts of files on a Windows machine without user assistance. However, this also means that if an attacker could exploit Windows Defender, they could also take over the users’ systems. A similar flaw was already found in Windows Defender last year, which may have prompted Microsoft to develop the sandbox feature in the first place. The sandbox feature restricts part of Windows Defender’s privileges to minimize the potential damage that an attacker taking over Windows Defender could create. Only the components of the antivirus that absolutely need the full privileges will not be sandboxed, while most of the other components will run in a sandbox. This Windows Defender sandboxing feature will ship in stable builds of Windows 10 in the future after Microsoft has done more testing and has received more feedback from users and security researchers alike. Source
  7. When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some of these might be 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 can be easily undone. Homepage: http://www.sandboxie.com OS supported: Windows XP SP 3 - Windows 8.1; 32-bit + 64-bit Changelog: Download Links Source: http://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=19151 If you are looking to buy Lifetime License for Sandboxie....
  8. When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some of these might be 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 can be easily undone. Homepage: http://www.sandboxie.com OS supported :Windows XP SP 3 - Windows 8.1; 32-bit + 64-bit Forum Link for this beta version update: http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=41 Download links: 32-bit http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall32-407-02.exe 64-bit http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall64-407-02.exe Change log will be updated here(in this post) once it is updated on Sandboxie's forum Important note from developer:
  9. When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some of these might be 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 can be easily undone. Homepage: http://www.sandboxie.com OS supported :Windows XP SP 3 - Windows 8.1; 32-bit + 64-bit Unofficial Changelog: Forum Link for this update: http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=41 Download links: 32-bit http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall32-407-01.exe 64-bit http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall64-407-01.exe
  10. nanana1

    Sandboxie 4.05.03 Beta

    Updated to 4.05.02 beta :)
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