I apologize for this post being rather descriptive, but please read it and then post your own views on using the total security of a virtual environment program as against the standard data base AV program.
I read of all the serious infections users are persistently getting and asking for help on various Forums and wonder why users do not flock to using a virtual security program. Forums are inundated with calls for help on infections.
For over the past 10 years I have exclusively used Sandboxie, an extremely user friendly virtual program invented and marketed by that brilliant entrepreneur Tzuk, now unfortunately retired.
A virtual concept is that the computer is wide open to the world, the good, the bad and the ugly, but is completely sealed off from the users PC operating system. The bugs and malicious activities are allowed to flap around in their contained virtual environment but can go nowhere. Nothing leaves the sandbox unless the user allows it to.
On browser closure, everything inside the sandboxed virtual environment, including all programs are either closed or killed off, complete with bugs. Whatever creepy crawlies and malicious nonsense was about has not even sniffed the outside of the virtual sandbox - effectively a sealed operating quarantine area. The Fox never gets anywhere near the Chickens.
I have never had a single infection of any significance in all those 10 years. A few minor offenders have got through at times, probably due to when I have had to cautiously use an unsandboxed browser, but were soon killed off by my AV`s. I have surfed through the Valley of Death many times, you name it, I have been there, but always come out without a scratch, thanks to Sandboxie.
My question is, why do users ignore the total security prospect of using a virtual system and still plod on with the old fashioned AV stuff, letting all kinds of bugs invade their PC`s ?
A virtual system has no restrictions, it is infinite, whereas all other security programs depend on constantly updating their massive data bases in a mad dash to keep up with the bug Maestros. A losing battle of "follow the bad guy". Data base programs are out-of-date at the time of updating. In a virtual environment, there is no data base, new bugs are no different from old bugs, they are all safely contained in the sandbox and the program never ever lags behind the bug creators..
I operate the Free Sandboxie program which you get automatically after the 30 days trial. It has never given a single iota of trouble and updates are advised when available. I just never know it is there, battling the bugs, except that I never get any infections as a result. For a short period I did try Returnil, but soon went back to Sandboxie, it is far more simple and easy to operate.
Sandboxie is one reason why when MS stopped supporting my Windows XP Home in April, I have no concerns whatsoever about no longer getting that Tsunami of MS security updates, with their uninstall programs, occupying a generous GB of my disk space. I do not need them. Sandboxie gives me all the security I wish to have and far better than any Windows security updates ever provided.
You must of course still have an AV and FW installed when using a virtual system. These are needed for those occasions when you must use an unsandboxed browser. There are many such occasions, not for browsing, but for other specific reasons, usually very short periods. Just use good freebies like I have.
Edited by John Bull, 28 June 2014 - 01:28 PM.