[OT] Re: New Linux Distro Needed
> 1.13. Re: New Linux Distro Needed
> Posted by: "Charles Brabham" n5pvl@... n5pvl
> Date: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:38 am ((PDT))
> Sandboxie looked interesting, but I don't see where it will bring
> downloaded files into your XP system safely, usable by the system.
> Linux can do that.
> It would be great for casual browsing, eMail with no attachments that
> you might want to use, etc..
> 73 DE Charles, N5PVL
Off toppic (not Linux) but may be of interest to others, considering this thread...
Sandboxie will let you do anything, even download files seamlessly to your local
hard drive, internal, external or networked drives too.
But... The data files themselves (In fact, ANY writes to disk invoked by the
sandboxed app) though they apear to have been downloaded to (say)
C:\mydownloads Will in reality be quarantined somewhere in the
C:\Sandbox\[username]\drive\... etc structure.
Easy to recover (copy/move) out of the sandbox if you trust what you
downloaded, and more importantly, where you downloaded it from. It also
provides (if you want) an instant file recovery feature once the file has finished
From a windows explorer session, you can "reach into" the sandbox, the right
click to run an AV scan on the file, assuming you have an uptodate AV that
gives you that facility (most do now, even MSSE.)
The files are there for you to recover, if you wish. Or to be safely deleted if
you rake the s'box clean.
It's also quite a good tool, to see just what dross a website does impart on your
system, but as in all things, if you do download something that could
compromise your system, then examining or running it wherever could still do
the nasty on you. Sandboxie does warn you of such things if you try.
I've also run program installers in it (it also provides a "right click, run as"
function, so you can force anything to run in the sandbox) to see what changes
they do to the system, when something has stomped all over some critical
system files on another system. (VB6 created apps typically.)
The advantage of Sandboxie, is that you can rake it clean when you want, and
ALL traces of what you did vanishes! Cookies, logs etc, plus any malicious
Take a look and try the free one, what have you got to loose? You'll probably
end up paying the small fee for the much more flexable version, to use it
permanently, once you understand how and what it does. No XP system should
be without it now, plus you can default the browsers to run in it, however they
are invoked. (Paid for version now only, sadly.)
No affiliation, just a more than happy user for many years, as are many friends
and family I've shown it to. Including one who likes the "darker corners" of the
interweb. I've not had to clean and rebuild that PC for over 3 years bnow, since
installing SB onto his "personal" XP PC!. I consider that a job well done.
A MUCH More detailed description and info about it can be found at:-
Then scroll down to episodes 172 and 174.
Of course, if the system is already compromised, nothing will help you, untill
you fully clean the system first.