5 of the Best Sandbox Applications for Windows 10

Hi this is Phil from make Make Tech Easier and
welcome to five of the best sandbox applications for Windows 10. No matter
what you do Windows probably has software to make
it easier. The only problem is you cannot trust every download from the free
software download sites, or from an unknown developer. The reason for this
is simple, the software you download may be unstable, bundled with adware, or it
may even be infected with a virus or malware. To deal with this you can
sandbox the application and try it. If it is good enough, you can install it
normally. A sandbox is a virtual environment where you can install and
run new or untrusted apps without letting them harm your system. Here are
some of the best sandbox applications for Windows out of the many that are
available. Sandboxie. Sandboxie is one of the most popular and most used
applications to sandbox and isolate programs from the underlying Windows
operating system. The good thing about Sandboxie is that it’s very lightweight
and free. You can install and run almost any Windows software through Sandboxie.
Besides installing software inside Sandboxie, you can run any already
installed program like a web browser via Sandboxie. All you have to do is select
sandbox ->default box ->run sandboxed ->run web browser. If you want to run any other
application, select run any program. When you run a program in sandbox mode
you will see a thick yellow border around the window to let you know that
you’re in a sandboxed environment. Sandboxie comes in both free and paid
versions with the free version lacks some important features like forced
programs, the ability to run multiple sandboxes etc. However for a general
home user the free version should suffice. Shade Sandbox.
Shade Sandbox is yet another popular and free sandboxing application. Compared
to Sandboxie, the user interface of Shade is much simpler, straightforward
and beginner friendly. To sandbox some application all you have to do is drag
and drop it into the shade sandbox window. The next time you launch the
application it will be automatically sandboxed.
When using Shade Sandbox all your browsing history, temporary files, cookies, windows
registry system files etc., are well isolated from the operating system. Any
files downloaded when using shade will be stored in the virtual Downloads
folder which can be accessed from within the shade interface. if you’re looking
for a sandbox application with a simpler user interface then shade sandbox is for
you. Tool Wiz Time Freeze. Tool Wiz Time Freeze works very differently from the
above two sandbox applications. When you install Tool Wiz Time Freeze it creates
a virtual copy of your entire system settings and files and saves the state.
After using the application you want to test just reboot the system and it will
be automatically restored. This type of application is pretty useful when you
want to thoroughly test a program with no limitations but don’t want the
program to make any changes to the host operating system. Shadow Defender. Shadow Defender is just like Tool Wiz Time Freeze. When you install and initialize
the software you will be prompted to virtualize your system drive and any
other drives of your choice. Once the system has been virtualized, any changes
made to it are discarded when you reboot the system the next time. Of course you
can always specify files and folders to exclude from shadow mode. This lets you
pick and choose what changes to keep and what changes to dicard. When in shadow
mode if you want to save a downloaded file or commit a system change all you
have to do is click on the Commit Now button in the main window. Create a
Virtual Machine. What all the above apps do is generally
known as “light virtualization”. That is the apps you are testing are still
running on the host operating system albeit in a limited way. If you want full
virtualization there’s no better way than to create a virtual machine of
the operating system of your choice in either VirtualBox or VMware. The good
thing is that the programs installed on virtual machines are completely isolated
from the host operating system and there will be no limitations that come with
generic sandbox software. Ok, as always, thanks for watching and please subscribe
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