8 best sandbox apps for Windows 10 to keep you safe
While Windows 10 security has improved dramatically over the years, you still can’t be too careful when downloading mysterious software from the Internet, opening slightly suspicious email attachments, etc. This is one way the sandbox is useful. Sandbox is a virtual environment where you can install and run new or unreliable applications without damaging your system.
This means you can download the software, open it, and play with it while seeing if it works in a suspiciously isolated and safe state. If the software closes, you can close the sandbox (automatically deleting all the data in it) and really download the software!
There are tons of different sandbox applications for Windows 10, many of which work a little differently and focus on different tasks. The following list is the best you can download today.
1. Activate the Windows 10 sandbox
If you own Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you’ll have a number of new features. One of the best (and well-hidden) of these is the sandbox feature, which you can activate with a few clicks.
To activate the Windows sandbox, click the Start button, select “Windows Properties”, and then click “Enable or Disable Windows Properties.” In the new window, scroll down and select the “Windows Sandbox” box, click OK, and restart your computer.
You should now be able to search for “Windows Sandbox” in the Start menu. Find it there, open it by clicking on it and you leave.
If you don’t see the Sandbox option, you may need to use the motherboard BIOS (usually by pressing delete, F2 or F8 keys when you turn on the computer) and look around to enable hardware virtualization.
2. BitBox (browser box)
Abbreviation for ” Browser box“, This tool is specifically designed for web browsing in a sandbox environment. It’s available in Chrome and Firefox versions, and it’s pretty much a Virtualbox-Linux instance designed specifically for browsing, which means it’s a bit more memory-intensive than the other options on this list.
BitBox has the ability to download files to your real computer, so it’s important that you decide if you want this to happen and that you configure it correctly. It requires important precautions, such as disabling the microphone and monitoring all host-BitBox interactions, making it a stable and secure choice.
3. Buffer area
Bumper is an endpoint sandbox tool, which means you’re going to parts of the Internet that can be a little dangerous to your computer’s security, or if someone gives you a USB drive you don’t trust completely (everything happens, right?), it might be a good idea to drive them through BufferZone. BufferZone makes it easy to add a variety of programs, and all major browsers work well with it.
One of the advantages of this software over other sandbox software is that you don’t have to do a lot of DIY to get it up and running. Keep the functions you choose in a secure virtual area, BufferZone prevents web malware from entering your computer. All the content you browse is in read-only mode, so bad people can’t write themselves to your hard drive.
Sandbox is one of the most popular and widely used applications for sandboxing and isolating programs from the underlying Windows operating system. The two big sides are that the Sandboxie is very light and free. You can install and use almost any Windows software through Sandboxes. In addition to installing the software in Sandboxie, you can run any already installed program through Sandboxie, such as your browser. All you have to do is select “Sandbox -> Default Box -> Run Sandbox -> Run Web Browser”. If you want to run another application, select “Run any program”.
When you run the program in sandbox mode, you will see a thick yellow border around the window, indicating that you are in a sandbox environment. Sandboxie comes in free and paid versions, where the free version lacks important features such as forced schedules, the ability to use multiple sandboxes, etc. However, for the general home user, the free version should suffice.
5. SHADE Sandbox
Shadow sandbox is yet another free and popular sandbox app. Compared to Sandboxie, Shade’s interface is much simpler, simpler and beginner-friendly.
If you want the sandbox app, drag and drop it into the Shade Sandbox window. The next time you launch the app, it will automatically go to the sandbox.
When using Shade Sandbox, all your browsing history, temporary files, cookies, Windows registry, system files, etc. are well isolated from the operating system. All files downloaded while using Shade are stored in the Virtual Downloads folder, which can be accessed from the Shade interface. If you are looking for a sandbox app with a simpler interface, Shade Sandbox is for you.
6. Freeze Toolwiz time
Freezing Toolwiz time works very differently than the sandbox applications above. When you install Toolwiz Time Freeze, it creates a virtual copy of all system settings and files and saves the status. After using the application under test, restart the system and it will be restored automatically. This type of application is very useful when you want to test a program thoroughly without any restrictions, but you do not want the program to change the host operating system.
7. Defender of the Shadow
Defender of the Shadow is like Toolwiz Time Freeze. When you install and format the software, you are prompted to virtualize the system drive and any other drive that you selected. Once the system is virtualized, changes to it will be skipped the next time you boot the system.
Of course, you can always specify which files and folders are excluded from Shadow Mode. This allows you to choose which changes to keep and which to delete. If you want to save the downloaded file or make a system change in Shadow mode, all you have to do is click the “Commit Now” button in the main window.
8. Create a virtual machine
What all of the above sandbox applications do is commonly known as lightweight virtualization. In other words, the applications being tested are still running on the host operating system, albeit to a limited extent. If you want full virtualization, there is no better way than to create the virtual machine of your desired operating system in Virtual Box or VMware. (Here is our comparison of the two.)
After digging through these sandbox apps for Windows, why not put your real computer to the test by running some performance tests? Check out our guides on comparing CPUs and testing the GPU in Windows 10.