Best Sandbox for Win 10 Home

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  1. Posts : 30
    Win 10
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    Best Sandbox for Win 10 Home


    Can anyone recommend a good Sandbox freeware for Windows 10 Home.
    I've tried to install the MS one (from tutorial here) but it just resulted in error messages and left a useless partition behind.
    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 43,373
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
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  3. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks will try it and also stay away from tutorials here. Not that are bad, just my systems are far from vanilla and not because i love tweaking, more because i remove all crap apps and non essential updates that windows forces on us.
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  4. Posts : 43,373
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
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    Please make sure you use disk imaging routinely (e.g. Macrium reflect - free-paid) so you have a means to recover to a previous good state when things go wrong- including disk failure, raonsomware etc..

    The tutorials are reliable. Your experience is unfortunate- I tried that Sandbox and removed it satisfactorily. Perhaps there is an underlying issue that led to your problem.

    There's a tutorial that tells you how to take control of Windows Updates in Home using one of the 3rd party programs designed to do that.
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  5. Posts : 658
    Windows 10 Home
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    BillDoor said:
    Can anyone recommend a good Sandbox freeware for Windows 10 Home.
    I've tried to install the MS one (from tutorial here) but it just resulted in error messages and left a useless partition behind.
    Thanks
    Hi Bill, I also recommend you try Sandboxie. It works great in W10. Recently, Sandboxie became freeware. So, what you get now when you install Sandboxie was until recently available only to users who purchased a license. Sandboxie has been around since 2004, is a mature sandbox product. Soon is going to become open source. If you never heard of it or dont know about SBIE, perhaps you like to read this article I wrote last year.

    ToolKit Item: Sandboxie by Guest Author Bo Elam – Win10.Guru

    You can also check this long time running Sandboxie thread at Wilders. That thread is good for learning SBIE.

    Sandboxie Acquired by Invincea | Page 243 | Wilders Security Forums

    After you install Sandboxie (takes 15 seconds), is ready to go. You can start using it with little knowledge, and learn it as you go. Sandboxie has a lot of settings but you can start using the program with default settings (that's what I recommend), and make changes as you learn the program.

    Is a beautiful program. The best thing that ever happened to me related to computer was discovering Sandboxie. And the smartest decision I ever taken related to computer is deciding to use it. This tell you my feelings about SBIE.

    Bo
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  6. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi folks

    The other solution is to install a full blown VM of course -- I prefer that route as you can always junk an old VM if it becomes full of rubbish etc and start a new one.

    Of course SB has the advantage of being able to use "Real Hardware" - but in most cases that's normally unnecessary.

    Without knowing what you want to do precisely it's difficult to advise on whether Sandboxing or running a Virtual Machine would be the better option -- Hover you can consider both options.

    Note also if the Sandbox hoses up your existing Windows system then you'll have to re-install / recover from backup. Sandboxes should be reasonably robust though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
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    Why would you use a third party app to do something as simple as imagining or backing up? Windows does a fine job. As for ransomware? Not from the sites i browse, zero probability. Even then, data is not on same partition or drives, all my data is also backed up and secured on external drives which are off by default. If my system goes down i can restore it from external drive. Reason for sandbox is for testing apps and by apps i mean freeware and opensource. These dont generally have malware but they may have adware and often leave crap in the app data folders

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    Prefer sandbox as VM would be slower. How can sandbox hose system?
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  8. Posts : 43,373
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
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    Why would you use a third party app to do something as simple as imagining or backing up?
    Because even MS recommends using 3rd party tools for this, not the deprecated non-maintained Windows 7 Backup and Restore.
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  9. Posts : 30
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
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    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...up-and-restore

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    I should add that i could care less if a system restore fails, its best to do a fresh reinstall with format. My data is not on any image.
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  10. Posts : 658
    Windows 10 Home
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    BillDoor said:
    How can sandbox hose system?
    He means malware escaping the sandbox, and infecting the system. There is always a chance that something like that could happen but the fact is that there has never been any malware in the wild that breaks out of Sandboxie's sandbox. In the16 years of Sandboxie's existence, it has never happened, only POC's and in lab test. If someone searches the internet trying to find evidence of Sandboxie users getting infected, they wont find any.
    BillDoor said:
    Reason for sandbox is for testing apps and by apps i mean freeware and opensource. These dont generally have malware but they may have adware and often leave crap in the app data folders
    I use Sandboxie mostly for security and very little for testing. But I usually have something installed in a sandbox, and keep the installations for a while. Do this to maintain the system free of debris and leftovers that programs leave when they are uninstalled. Keep in mind that SBIE is a restrictive program so don't expect all programs to install in the sandbox. Programs that install drivers or services cant be installed sandboxed. Also, since a few months ago, you cant run MSI installers in the sandbox, so make sure to use exe's.

    Bo
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