Let's Play in the Sandbox

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Let's Play in the Sandbox

I learned about a new application that I thought was pretty cool and wanted to pass it along. 

Have you ever had a virus invade your PC or laptop (who hasn't, multiple times?) Or discover spyware or malware? Sandboxie is designed to cure you and your laptop of these problems. 

A real sand boxI discovered Sandboxie when my laptop got sick while traveling back East and had to take the patient in to visit the Computer Doctors. Once they were able to rid my laptop of the viruses, buried deeply inside and rather resistant to being expelled, Sandboxie was installed. 

Sandboxie creates a virtual environment for your Internet browsers (IE, Firefox, and Chrome) where all the files you intentionally download, and those you don't (like viruses, malware/spyware, and website cookies), reside. [photo courtesy of Stacey Heneveld on Flickr]

You are given the opportunity to move those files you want outside the Sandbox to the real environment anywhere you want (e.g., My Documents or other directories and sub-directories) at the time you download the file, and again when you close out your browser. 

When you log-off the files in the Sandbox (i.e., your virtual environment), including the nasty viruses you don't know about, will disappear, providing increased protection from your Internet surfing. 

Keep in mind that it is still possible to get infected if you save a file in the real world that itself is infected and is not caught by your virus protection software. 

Sandboxie is normally set up to run automatically, but you can disable it before you play outside the sandbox if you wish to, say, set up or save cookies from a trusted website. 

There is no perfect solution to prevent all viruses. And since they continue to evolve rapidly antivirus software programs must frequently update so they can recognize the new viruses and catch them red-handed before they affect you. 

But Sandboxie seems to be a pretty good option to include in the virus prevention arsenal.


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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

That sounds like pretty good level of security!

Jun 22, 2011 12:46 PM #1
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Thanks for the information, Jeff. Anything to help keep the viruses at bay is a good idea!

Jun 22, 2011 01:01 PM #2
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Well now I need to go check that out. Thanks for sharing Jeff.


Jun 22, 2011 01:54 PM #3
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, That is another great resource for those unfortunate enough to still be dealing with PC's. We Apple folks don't get those pesky things that cause our systems to go nuts :-). But I know others will really appreciate this.

Jun 22, 2011 02:33 PM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff a computer virus can be a big nightmare.  Thank you for the info on this program.

Jun 22, 2011 02:40 PM #5
Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo

Jeff, I have been having some issues lately, I will definitely be checking out Sandboxie ASAP!  Thank you

Jun 22, 2011 04:46 PM #6
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

This does sound great, Jeff.  I am afraid to add another level of security right now as what I have tends to slow things down sometimes.

Jun 22, 2011 06:27 PM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Jeff, i've been lucky to stay clear of viruses but i'm bookmarking this software for a further look...thanks again

Jun 22, 2011 11:27 PM #8
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Lord knows I've had my share of sickies!  Thanks for sharing, I'll pass it on to my tech guy, my husband.

Jun 23, 2011 02:45 AM #9
Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures

I like the sound of this.  Going to look into getting this on my computers very soon

Jun 23, 2011 05:14 AM #10
SarahGray Lamm
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience

Great share Jeff! I'll be checking it out shortly!

Jun 23, 2011 07:02 AM #11
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate

Hi Jeff, thanks for the tip. Never heard of sandbox before, but will definitely check it out.  Also, stopping by to say hello.  Just came back from beautiful Carlsbad - very short trip, otherwise would have called.  Loved it!  What a great place to live!

Jun 23, 2011 10:28 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the comments! It's pretty easy to get used to how Sandboxie works, and if it does the job they say it does I am all for it, especially after having significant virus issues even with software in place. I will let everyone know if I encounter problem, learn any tricks, etc. And the cost was great, at $80 (the free version supposedly works pretty well but there is a nagging pop-up when you log on).


Jun 23, 2011 01:37 PM #13
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Wow, this is really great information and thanks for the tip. Im going to use it.

Jun 23, 2011 02:24 PM #14
Steve Davis
Davis Coastal Properties - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA

Jeff - since dropping our local cable Internet service - TW - and going with good old AT&T I have not had a virus. But this is a great program for when we are traveling with the laptop. Thanks for the advice. Steve

Jun 23, 2011 05:48 PM #15
Cristina Salcedo
REMAX Champions - Riverside, CA
Corona, Riverside Realtor

Jeff, great information I will check it out.  Thank you for the post.

Jun 23, 2011 08:56 PM #16
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Hi Jeff,  Hope you are doing ok-- been thinking about you and wishing you the best!  Kathy

Jun 24, 2011 05:02 PM #17
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I will have to check this tool out, thanks.

I hope it's OK I added you as an associate for potential referrals later on. I work in an area of Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County) with Lynbrook High School and other Cupertino, San Jose and Saratoga, Calif. homes. Hopefully we can do business together in the future.

Jun 24, 2011 08:23 PM #18
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