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  1. Sandboxie's Source Code has been released Sophos, the company that acquired the Sandboxie sandboxing software and technology from Invincea in 2017, has released the source code of the application to the public. Sandboxie, which was created by Ronan Tzur, was first released as a tool to sandbox Microsoft's Internet Explorer back in 2004. The program's functionality was expanded over the years so that Windows users could use it to sandbox all Windows applications. Sophos turned Sandboxie into a freeware application in 2019 and promised that it would release the source code of the application later. The time has come and Sandboxie's code is now available for download. Interested users may download it from the official website here. Sophos published a FAQ that answers some of the questions that existing and new users of Sandboxie may have. The company notes that it in communication with "members of the community" to make Sandboxie available "through an open source project to the community". The latest version of Sandboxie that Sophos has created is Sandboxie 5.33.3 for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. All features reserved for commercial versions of Sandboxie have been made available in that release; in other words, Sandboxie has been turned into a freeware. The source code version is 5.40 according to the filename. Updates, e.g. bug fixes or improvements, need to be made through the community or other parties that use the code to continue development. Sophos plans to shut down the license server on June 1st, 2020 and the Sandboxie community forum on the same day. The company will keep the website open at that time but has plans to close the website (and thus the official download of Sandboxie) in Fall 2020. By then, it is necessary that the community has taken over the project (on a different site). Instructions on compiling the source are provided. Sophos notes that Sandboxie's driver needs to be signed and that Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 is required to compile the code. Closing Words I'd would be great if community members would create a development team to maintain Sandboxie and release new versions of the sandboxing software. Tip: How to use Sandboxie for browsing, downloading and installing programs Source: Sandboxie's Source Code has been released (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  2. How to use Sandboxie for browsing, downloading and installing programs Sandboxie is a great tool to have in your computer's security arsenal. For those unaware, it creates an isolated space (sandbox) on your hard drive that you may execute files in that cannot interact with the underlying system. The activity of the sandbox don't affect Windows or your other programs/files in any way; what happens in Sandboxie stays in Sandboxie. Sandboxie has changed hands twice I think, from the original developer to Invincea, who were in turn acquired by Sophos (and there are rumors that Sophos is up for sale as well). Recently Sophos announced that Sandboxie is now freeware, and are planning to make it open source. We are not going to discuss that here, rather we're going to look at the basic usage of the program. In other words, you will learn how to use Sandboxie for browsing securely, downloading files and recovering them, and installing/running programs inside the sandbox. You don't even need to familiarize yourself with the interface to use the program. In fact, I would recommend beginners skip the UI and use the tray icon. Browsing securely You can run any program that you have installed in Windows inside Sandboxie; this also works with portable apps and regular files (that open in other programs). Some programs may not work with Sandboxie if you try to install them directly inside the sandbox. If you have installed Sandboxie, you will see the icon on the desktop, start menu and system tray. You can use any of these to run Sandboxed versions of your programs. The most commonly sandboxed program is the web browser. Right click on the system tray icon and select Default box > Run Web Browser. Your default browser, regardless of whether it is Firefox, Chrome, Edge or another will open like it always does. You will notice that it has a yellow border around the edges of the window (when you mouse over to the edge). You can also see that the program's window title is enclosed in two [#] [#] like this [#] Mozilla Firefox [#]. This indicates that the program is running inside Sandboxie. If you don't see either the border or the hashes, it is not running in sandboxed mode. You can use the sandboxed browser like you would normally. You can send emails, check social websites, visit tech sites like ours, and do pretty much anything that you would do in the unsandboxed version. One of the main differences is that in case a malware infects the browser, it will be restricted within the sandbox. Say you visited a website with a malicious ad and it tried to infect your PC. While it will run, it cannot spread to the underlying system because of the sandbox. The sandbox limits the reach of tracking cookies and other unwanted things as well. You can use the "Default box > Delete contents" option to delete the entire sandbox and start afresh. It is recommended to clean the sandbox once in a while to start with a fresh one. Note: This is not the same as browsing anonymously, if you need that you should go with a VPN or use Tor. You can even open links from any application (email, chat, etc) through a sandboxed browser, though you will need to tinker with the program's settings to achieve this. Downloading files and recovering them Now let's say you want to download an executable file or any other file in Sandboxie. It won't be visible in your Downloads folder in Windows Explorer if you do so because the download is isolated in the sandbox. You need to recover the download, and to do so click on Default box > Quick Recovery. Use the recover to same folder option and the file should appear in your downloads folder (and ready to use in an un-sandboxed environment). You can run the file inside the sandbox however if you prefer that without the need to recover it first. In case you don't see anything to recover, you can also use the "Explore contents" option (which opens File Explorer) to manually browse your sandbox and recover the content. The latter is common if you use a custom download folder instead of Windows' default one. For e.g. I usually save my downloads to my external drive, so these won't show up in Sandboxie's Quick Recover. The contents will be available inside the C:\Sandbox\Ashwin\DefaultBox\drive folder in that case. Installing and Running programs in Sandboxie Why would you want to run a program inside Sandboxie? The main benefit is that you can run questionable programs and files inside the sandbox to avoid any damage or issues. It is even possible to run malicious programs inside the sandbox but it is usually better to use a virtual environment for that instead. For portable applications, just extract them to a folder inside the DefaultBox's drive folder and run them. To install a program inside Sandboxie's protected environment, open File Explorer and right click any program's installer. Select the run sandboxed option and you should see the installer has a yellow border and hashes just like the browser. This indicates you're installing the program inside Sandboxie. You will need to run the installed program manually from the Defaultbox folder. Note: You can optionally grant the installer UAC rights if it is required. Closing Words I used Sandboxie for a long time until I switched to Kaspersky. Then I came to know they had some compatibility issues, so I ditched Sandboxie until recently when I bid adieu to Kaspersky. Since you now have literally nothing to lose with Sandboxie, I figured I might as well go over the basics for users who haven't tried it out yet. Source: How to use Sandboxie for browsing, downloading and installing programs (gHacks)
  3. Sandbox program Sandboxie is now freeware (soon open source) Sandboxie, a sandbox program for Microsoft's Windows operating system, has been turned into a free application. The latest version, Sandboxie 5.31.4 was released on September 10, 2019; it is the first version of Sandboxie that is available as freeware. Sandboxie started out as a shareware program for Windows to run applications and files in a sandbox on the running system. Created by developer Ronen Tzur, it was picked up by Invincea before Invincea itself was acquired by security company Sophos. Sophos did not change the Sandboxie license initially when it acquired the assets. Sophos announced the license change on the official Sophos Community blog today. The company revealed plans to make Sandboxie an open source tool eventually. The new Sandboxie version that Sophos released today does not require an activation code and does not restrict access to features that were available to paid customers only previously. In other words: all features of the premium version of Sandboxie are available for free as of today. The paid version of Sandboxie supported several features that the free version did not support. Most notable the ability to force programs to run in the sandbox and the ability to create and use multiple sandboxes on the system, and even to run the same program in multiple sandboxes. Sandboxie cannot be downloaded directly from the official website; Sophos added a form to the download process that users need to fill out before the download is unlocked. The company promises that the information won't be used for marketing purposes. What about paying customers? Sandboxie has been turned into freeware and it will become an open source program in the future. Sophos plans to hand over the program to the community. It is unclear if the community will be 100% responsible for the development or if Sophos engineers will work on Sandboxie as well. Customers who purchased Sandboxie in the past are asked to update to the new version as well. The license terms don't change according to this FAQ for paid license holders but customer support will become community based. Closing Words Sandboxie is a handy software for Windows to quickly run programs or files in a sandbox for security purposes. While you can achieve the same using virtual machines, one of Sandboxie's appeals was that it used the underlying system for its sandbox which meant no installation of operating systems or slow startups. Sophos would certainly have felt the wrath of the Sandboxie community if it would have stopped development. The release as freeware and later on as a community maintained open source project is a good PR move but also the best option for existing Sandboxie users and the future of the application. Who knows, maybe we will see Sandboxie creator Ronen return as a developer to the project. Source: Sandbox program Sandboxie is now freeware (soon open source) (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  4. [Sandboxie Status Update] What happened to the Sandboxie site and forums? [Last updated May 10th] Hi all, This is [email protected] ([email protected] in this community). First, we'd like to explain a bit of what happened with Sandboxie.com and the forums (forums.sandboxie.com -currently offline): We started experiencing issues with our servers due to a bug that is causing slowness accessing the Sandboxie site, as well as the licensing/activation options. Added to that, we found a security weakness in the software being used for the forums, and out of an abundance of caution, they were taken down for the time being. In order to keep communication going, we have created this temporary forum within our Sophos Community. Second, here's the current status of things: A new Sandboxie build has been created to help us address part of the issues, but due to the current server status, it cannot be automatically pushed to users. To manually download it please see below: Click here to download Sandboxie 5.30 As of now, we will only support issues related to Sandboxie 5.30 (XP users see below). XP Users need to perform the following steps to avoid their computers to constantly use your network to access sandboxie.com : Click Help --> Check for Updates Choose "Next week" Do not choose "Never" (or your computer will not stop contacting the Sandboxie site, using your network resources). For the time being, buying options are not available (to prevent additional issues with our licensing server). Licenses and activations are partially working (dev team is still addressing issues and pushing upgrades). For activation issues please follow this thread: Activation failed - Please provide feedback Offline activations page is not properly working, please use this instead: Offline activation Offline activation steps Dev teams are actively working on investigating the issues and finding fixes for them. If you are unable to activate Sandboxie, wait 1 hour and re-try. It will work then (we are working on updating our servers and fix these issues). We would like to thank everybody for their patience and understanding. Please, feel free to start a new thread in this forum as needed (Sandboxie v5.30 only). Regards, Barb.-
  5. vissha

    Sandboxie 5.25.1 Beta

    Sandboxie lets you run programs in an isolated space which will prevent them from making permanent changes to other programs and data to your computer. When you browse the web, changes occur to your system. Most of the time these changes are harmless, like recording the addresses of websites you have visited (and when), so the browser can help you complete a web address that you type in. Whether these changes are harmless or harmful, they do in fact happen to your computer system. It requires neither the disabling nor blocking of functions available to Web sites through the browser. Instead, it isolates and quarantines the outcome of whatever the Web site may do to your computer, including the installation of unsolicited software. There is no trade-off of functionality for security: the Web site can use the full range of active content tools, and if it uses these tools maliciously to install software or otherwise make changes to your computer, then these changes can be easily undone. When the company was bought out, this brought the usual complaints about limitations in the free version. In our testing, we found that it does indeed now limit you to one virtual space, but that’s all we need at a time making the free version very useable. Also, don't forget that while there are other virtual PC and sandbox programs Sandboxie still does the job and is easier to use than most. Homepage: https://www.sandboxie.com/ Changelog: https://www.sandboxie.com/VersionChanges Beta/RC Changelog: https://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=25684 Downloads: Combined 32/64 installer: http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall-525-1.exe Separate: http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall32-525-1.exe http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall64-525-1.exe Changes in 5.25.1 1) Fixed "SBIE2335 Initialization failed for process Start.exe [11 / 87]" tiggered after creating a new Sandbox and launching applications right away. 2) Fixed Win 8.1 x86 issue "SBIE2331 Service start failed: [22/5] Access is denied."triggered if KB4093114 was installed. [viewtopic.php?p=133145#p133145] 3) Fixed Registry Hive issues in Windows 10 FR (Insider) "SBIE1241 Cannot mount registry hive: [C000003A / 22] SBIE2314 Canceling process Start.exe" when changing container folder to different drives. [viewtopic.php?p=133029#p133029]
  6. https://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall.exe chenagelog https://www.sandboxie.com/VersionChanges
  7. https://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?DownloadSandboxie Version 5.22: Released on 30 October 2017. - Windows Creator's Fall Update is now supported. - Made improvements to ForceFolder including adding support for "Open With" dialogs, and running registry files. - Fixed licensing issues causing MS Office applications to crash after 5 minutes [https://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=24350]. - Fixed Firefox/General Drag-Drop issues [https://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=24469]. - Fixed Save/Recovery issues for Adobe/MS Office [https://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=129386#p129386]. - Fixed an issue in which Sandboxed Internet Explorer proxy settings would modify the registry on the host [https://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=129638#p129638]. - Added/Updated templates for AVG, BitDefender, Babylon and Opera. - Implemented code fixes to address "SBIE2101" issues caused by Windows Defender "App & Browser Control" in Windows 8.1 and 10 [If you are using the "Windows SmartScreen Template from Beta 5.21.7, you will need to remove it after installing Sandboxie 5.22]. - Implemented a driver fix for a BSOD occurring when Webroot is installed and a new Sandbox is created while a ForceProcess is started.
  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 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....
  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 Changelog: Download link: Source: http://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=18337 If you are looking to buy Lifetime License for Sandboxie.....here is one more chance...
  10. 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 link: Source: http://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=18337 If you are looking to buy Lifetime License for Sandboxie.....here is one more chance...Promo offer valid only till May 16,2014
  11. NeowinMOD™

    Change Sandbox location

    Right now, you have to make a manual edit to the configuration file, if you don't want all sandboxes to be located underneath the same drive and "Sandbox" folder. First, create the sandbox if you haven't already done so: Sandboxie Control > Sandbox > Create New Sandbox Then use: Sandboxie Control > Configure > Edit Configuration Next: Scroll down to the settings for the sandbox and add a new line that indicates where you want this sandbox to be located. Examples: [Example] sandbox with the sandbox located on K: drive, and underneath a "K:\Sandbox" folder: You could also use the %USER% variable in the path, if you want to: FileRootPath=X:\Sandbox\%USER%\%SANDBOX% Save your work and configure any other Sandbox Settings. Credits goes to Gregory123
  12. Source: http://www.techopedia.com/definition/14682/data-exfiltration Is Invincea using scare tactics to sell "Freespace" (also notice the multi year licensing is available on Freespace only.) How much longer will sandboxie as we know and love it be availabe? What do you guys think? I bought and paid for The lifetime/perpetual license too. This also worries me, I beleive sooner than later Invincea will kill that off.
  13. 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:
  14. 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
  15. http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=16676 This was posted by tzuk on Oct.9, 2013 This is one of a very few softs that I have actually ever purchased. I am sure glad I bought it when I did (about 2 yrs ago)!
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