An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie


We are all aware of the dangers of malware infection from the Internet these days. The danger has always been there, but this has increased a lot more because people with malicious intents are constantly devising new methods to infect the systems, and the inexperienced, naive, general-users/elderly/teens are the most affected by it. Malware infection from the Internet can occur in many ways, a few of which are:

  • Downloading a malware infected setup/file from a malicious site
  • Venturing to a malicious site
  • Clicking on a bad link in an email, or on a page, or on a bad advertisement
  • Clicking on links that fool you into believing that there is a malware on the system and prompt you to install rogue software etc.

Although there are many ways of getting infected by malware it does not mean that we need to become paranoid, or live in constant fear of the possible consequences. With a little effort, precaution, and by using common sense we can easily avoid getting systems infected with malware. Different safe practices have already been covered in various articles on this site, and can be read to learn how you can stay safe by following a few guidelines. We will all agree that precaution is always the best option.

In this article, we are going to learn about an excellent software called Sandboxie, which will keep you safe while surfing on the Internet.

Table of Contents:

  1. Purpose of the article
  2. What is Sandboxie?
  3. Benefits of Sandboxie
  4. Uses of Sandboxie
  5. Installation
  6. Usage
  7. Setting Up Sandboxie
  8. Conclusion
  9. Related Links
Purpose of the article

The purpose of this article is to make people, especially the general users, aware of this wonderful software Sandboxie. To general users, Sandboxie appears a difficult software to use, or even understand what it's about, and its settings may also seem a bit intimidating. This article is an attempt to explain about Sandboxie in a very simple way, and to help get it up and running with only the minimum and necessary changes to its settings. Just a little bit of patience is required to read through this article, but I am sure it will increase your knowledge of how to use Sandboxie.

Sandboxie has many settings and, if so desired, with the help of those settings an experienced user can further enhance and tighten security. But for general users, these changes are not required. Hence, this article will not cover the settings in depth, but only a few necessary ones. Detailed help for Sandboxie is available on its own site and is very well written.

What is Sandboxie?

Sandboxie is a unique security product based on the principle of sandboxing. In simple computer terms, a sandbox is an isolated environment for running programs. The environment will be exactly like the real system, the only difference being it's isolated from the real system. This technique is also being used in other programs, such as Google Chrome, and some of the antivirus software. Inside Sandboxie, the programs will run normally, like they do outside the sandbox, but whatever changes are made, stay inside the sandbox, and the actual system remains unaffected by those changes.

Let's say you are running a web browser in Sandboxie. Everything will be done in the normal way, you can click on links, visit sites, and download files etc, but, it will all take place in an isolated environment. Therefore, even if you go to a malicious site, or click on a malicious link, or even download a malicious file, the actual system will not be affected.

Now suppose while surfing inside Sandboxie, you click on a malicious link, and start seeing signs of malware infection, and/or the antivirus alerts you about it, all you have to do is, delete the contents of Sandboxie. That's it. The malware will be gone, and the system will remain safe, since the malware was not able to come out of Sandboxie. Nothing can come out of the sandbox environment until you allow it.

Note: This article is about Sandboxie's free version. The free version misses a few features - ability to force programs/folders to open in Sandboxie, and running programs in more than one sandbox at the same time. While these features are great, but they are not necessary, and the free version of Sandboxie is quite enough for general and home usage.

After 30 days of usage, the free version of Sandboxie also shows a pop-up window as a reminder to upgrade to the commercial version, with a 5-second delay when it starts. But, this is just a small inconvenience which can be overlooked, considering the excellent security and safety that Sandboxie provides. Use it for a few days, and you will agree with this.

Benefits of Sandboxie

Sandboxie makes surfing the web really secure and safe: you can always be relaxed and be sure that no malware can infect your system. Also, while surfing, various temporary files, cookies, cache, etc, are created and downloaded to the computer. All the aforementioned remain inside Sandboxie and can be easily cleaned by deleting the Sandboxie contents, and without worrying about where to look for them on your computer. Just one click to delete the Sandboxie contents, and it's all gone.

The biggest benefit is the peace of mind, and assured security, which is offered by the excellent protection of Sandboxie. Even if you come across a malware inside Sandboxie, there is no need to panic, because you can be assured that the malware won't be able to escape to the real system. Deleting the contents of Sandboxie is all that is required to get rid of any malware encountered.

Uses of Sandboxie

The main use of Sandboxie is for surfing the web where it keeps the browser isolated, and the system remains safe from various malware infections.

But, since Sandboxie offers an isolated environment, it can be used to test software too. The software will run in Sandboxie, and the changes made during the installation, or its running, will not affect the system. If you do not like the software, or if it's malicious, all you have to do is delete the contents of Sandboxie. No changes will be made to the actual system at all. If the software is safe to use, then you can install the software actually on the system, by installing it out of Sandboxie.

Installing software in Sandboxie also helps in knowing what  files and folders the software installs on the system. The files and folders will be created in Sandboxie, and can be seen, and explored, from within Sandboxie itself. As a check, if you look for these specific files and folders on your operating system, you won't be able to locate them because they are simply not there. They are inside the Sandboxie's isolated space, which shows that the changes made inside Sandboxie do not affect the actual system.


Installation of Sandboxie is pretty simple and straightforward. Just run the setup, and follow the instructions. After installation of Sandboxie it will generally show a window titled Software Compatibility, where it shows a list of software for which Sandboxie has made adjustments for compatibility. It is just for information. Finally, it will show a very short interactive tutorial on how to use Sandboxie.

On completion of installation, Sandboxie will also place a shortcut named Sandboxed Web Browser on the desktop, which when clicked, will run the default web browser of the system, inside Sandboxie. However, if you use a different browser for your normal everyday work, then a shortcut for it can also be created very easily, which we will learn about in the next section.


When Sandboxie is installed and runs, it will show a window titled Sandboxie Control, as shown in the image below. This is the main Sandboxie window. With no programs running inside Sandboxie, it will simply show a yellow wedge shaped icon named Sandbox Defaultbox in the window.

Sandboxie Control window with no running programs

The same yellow wedge shaped icon will be in the system tray too.

Sandboxie tray icon with no running programs

When a program is running inside Sandboxie, the main window will show the list of programs/processes running currently inside Sandboxie, and the icon will change to yellow with red dots.

Sandboxie Control windows with running programs

The Sandboxie icon in system tray will also change to yellow with red dots.

Sandboxie tray icon with red dots

That's how you know that something is running in Sandboxie.

Now to find if a program is running in Sandboxie or not. Let's say you are running a web browser in Sandboxie (our prime example for this article). If you take the mouse cursor towards the top of the web browser (i.e. the title bar), you will see a yellow border appear around the edges, as shown in the image below. You will also see a [#] sign on either side of the name of the program in the title bar on the top, and/or in the taskbar.

Sandboxed Firefox

These are ways to know, and confirm that the web browser is running in Sandboxie because otherwise it will simply feel that the web browser is running normally: you won't notice the difference at all, that's how convenient and non-intrusive Sandboxie is.

The yellow Sandboxie control icon in the system tray can be used to perform several operations, which can also be performed from the main Sandboxie window. Right-clicking the Sandboxie tray icon shows the different operations that can be performed.

Sandboxie tray icon right-click options

As can be seen from the image, you can run the default web browser, email client, or any other program you want, sandboxed. You can terminate programs, delete the contents of Sandboxie, or access the Quick Recovery (explained later) folders.

The main Sandboxie window can be easily accessed by either double-clicking the Sandboxie tray icon, or by right-clicking on it, and selecting Show Window.

By default the main Sandboxie window is in Programs mode, which means it will show the list of programs/processes running inside Sandboxie. To view the files and folders created inside Sandboxie, you can switch the mode by clicking View --> Files and Folders, from the menu.

Terminating programs

Individual programs running inside Sandboxie can be closed normally. But they can also be closed all at once, by just a few clicks:

  • Right-click on Sandboxie tray icon (see image above), and click on Terminate Programs.
  • It will show a warning that this action won't save the state, or data of those programs.
  • Click Yes, if you are sure, and all the programs inside Sandboxie will be terminated.

This is especially helpful if you encounter a malware while running programs inside Sandboxie. In such situations, also remember to delete the Sandboxie contents, after terminating the programs, which will get rid of any malware inside. Alternatively, just deleting the contents of Sandboxie (explained next) will also terminate the programs, and immediately empty Sandboxie.

Programs can also be terminated from the main Sandboxie window by clicking from the menu:

Sandbox --> DefaultBox --> Terminate Programs.

Deleting Sanboxie contents

To delete Sandboxie contents:

  • Right-click on the Sandboxie icon in the system tray (see image above), and hover cursor over DefaultBox.
  • Click on Delete Contents.
  • The Delete Contents window will pop up, and it will show the files to be recovered (explained later), if any, from Sandboxie, with a summary of numbers of files and folders inside Sandboxie, and the total size.
  • Click on the Delete Contents button to delete the Sandboxie contents. Any programs running inside Sandboxie will be terminated immediately, and the contents of Sandboxie will be deleted too.

The same can also be achieved from the main Sandboxie window, by clicking from the menu:

Sandbox --> DefaultBox --> Delete Contents.

Remember to delete the contents of Sandboxie on a regular basis, because the files and folders created inside Sandboxie can keep on accumulating, taking up hard disk space.

Sandboxie contents can also be set to delete automatically via settings (explained here).

Running programs in Sandboxie

Running programs in Sandboxie is very easy, and can be done in several ways:

  • The simplest method is to right-click on any program icon/shortcut that you want to run, and choose Run Sandboxed from the context menu - that's how simple it is.
  • Another method, discussed a bit earlier, is right-clicking the Sandboxie control icon in the system tray, clicking DefaultBox, and then choosing the appropriate option to run the desired program.
  • Yet another, albeit long method, is to open the main Sandboxie window, and from the menu, click on Sandbox --> DefaultBox --> Run Sandboxed, and then choose an appropriate option.

Creating shortcuts for sandboxed programs

Creating a shortcut for a sandboxed program is also pretty easy. Just follow these steps:

  • In the main Sandboxie window, from the menu, click Configure.
  • Click on Windows Shell Integration.
  • Windows Shell Integration window will pop up showing different Sandboxie settings, in different blocks (see image below).
  • Under the block titled Shortcut Icons, click the Add Shortcut Icons button
  • A window will show up briefly explaining what this action does, and how to create shortcut. Click OK.
  • Another window named Run Sandboxed will pop up showing DefaultBox, in the box underneath - simply click OK.
  • A menu list will be shown somewhat similar to the start menu list, from where you can choose the program for which you want to create the shortcut.

Windows Shell Integration

That's it, the shortcut for the sandboxed program will be created on the desktop. Whenever you double-click that shortcut, the corresponding program will automatically run in Sandboxie.

Setting Up Sandboxie

We will cover a few important settings for Sandboxie in this final section.

As mentioned earlier, Windows Shell Integration window shows some of the Sandboxie settings (see image above). By default, all the settings here are enabled, and it's better to let them remain as they are. Still, if you feel the need, you can change the settings. Like, under the "Shortcut Icons" block, the checkboxes can be unchecked, in case you do not want a desktop shortcut for the sandboxed default web browser, or its quick launch icon.

Let's move on to other settings of Sandboxie. These settings can be accessed from the menu of the main Sandboxie control window by clicking:

Sandbox --> DefaultBox --> Sandbox Settings.

There are many settings here, but we will cover only the necessary ones. The rest can be configured by reading the Sandboxie help on its website, or by going through them yourself. Most of them are for advanced use, and so we do not need to change all of them.

Sandboxie SettingsSettings

A small tip: To avoid clicking Apply repeatedly, to apply the settings before moving to another page, the checkbox named, Apply changes when switching to another page can be checked. It is located at the bottom of the Settings window, on the left (as shown in the image above). This will automatically save the changed settings on the current page, when you move to the next page of settings.

The first section of settings that we will cover can be seen under Recovery. Let's first try and understand what exactly recovery is.

As mentioned earlier in the article, nothing can come out of Sandboxie, until you allow it. For instance, you downloaded a file from the Internet while surfing with a web browser inside Sandboxie, and you would like to save it on the computer. The downloaded file is presently inside the sandbox, and since the changes inside Sandboxie do not reflect on the system, to actually save it on the computer, you need to take that file out of Sandboxie. This process of taking the file out of Sandboxie is called recovery.

A little hint of caution here: Since nothing can come out of Sandboxie, unless you allow it to, you should be careful while performing a recovery, and make sure that the file being recovered is not malicious. Sandboxie offers protection from malware by providing an isolated space for programs to run in, but to take something out of Sandboxie is a decision that rests solely in the hands of the user - so please be careful.

Now on to the Recovery settings. There are two types of recovery, as explained below:

1. Quick Recovery

On selecting Quick Recovery, a list of pre-selected folders can be seen in the box (please refer to Settings image above). These folders are selected by Sandboxie as the most common folders where files are generally saved by users. If you save files to these folders ... great! If you save to any other folder on the system, then that folder can be added to the list by clicking on the Add Folder button, browsing to the desired folder, and selecting it. As can be seen, in the Settings image, I have added D:\Downloads folder to the list, since I normally download files there. Folders can be removed from the list by selecting a folder, and clicking the Remove button.

So, whenever you need to recover files from Quick Recovery folders, you have to invoke it, as described below:

  • Right-click the Sandboxie control icon in the system tray.
  • Click on DefaultBox --> Quick Recovery.
  • The Quick Recovery window will show the list of files to be recovered (see image below).
  • Select the files.
  • To save them in the same corresponding folder on the system, click on the Recover to Same Folder button.
  • If you want the files to be saved in any other folder - apart from the corresponding folder - click on the Recover to Any Folder button, and browse and select the desired folder.

Quick Recovery

Quick Recovery will also be invoked when you try to delete the contents of Sandboxie. It's a way of reminding you to recover your files before the Sandboxie contents are deleted, after which the files cannot be recovered.

2. Immediate Recovery

Immediate Recovery is an extension of Quick Recovery. While Quick Recovery has to be initiated explicitly, or will be invoked when you try to delete Sandboxie contents, Immediate Recovery is invoked as soon as a file gets downloaded, or is saved by any program inside Sandboxie, in the pre-selected folders of Quick Recovery.

So, as soon as a file is saved in those pre-selected folders, the Immediate Recovery window will pop up (please refer to image below), with the first box showing the list of files, and the second box providing options, to save to the corresponding folder on the system, or to recover to any other folder. The files and appropriate option can be selected, and pressing the Recover button will take the files out of Sandboxie and actually save it on the computer. Quite simple, isn't it?

Immediate Recovery

Sandboxie contents can be set to delete automatically. This can be done by enabling a setting found under the Delete section of settings, from:

Delete --> Delete Invocation

Here, the checkbox for Automatically delete contents of sandbox can be checked, to enable the setting. As explained on the settings page itself, enabling this setting will delete the contents of Sandboxie automatically when the last program that is running inside Sandboxie is closed. Please take note of the above statement, in case you want to enable this option. Do not use this setting, in case you want to monitor the files and folders inside Sandboxie, even after closing all programs. This setting however, will not delete the contents of Quick Recovery folders automatically, and Quick Recovery will be invoked, in case there are any files there for recovery, when Sandboxie is about to delete the contents.

Another checkbox can be seen under this section for Never remove this sandbox or delete its contents, which when enabled, will protect deletion of Sandboxie contents, but this setting will not be needed under normal cicumstances.

Next, we will change a few settings for the web browsers. As already explained, the changes made inside Sandboxie are not reflected in the system; therefore, we have to make some changes for the web browsers so that when we save bookmarks, or passwords, they are reflected back and actually saved, and not lost after we delete Sandboxie contents. So, we have to allow direct access to these from Sandboxie. Although this compromises security a bit, still, it's a low risk compromise for a bit of convenience.

You can always choose not to allow direct access, but you will then have to remember to make the desired changes out of Sandboxie. Always remember, changes made inside Sandboxie will be lost when Sandboxie contents are deleted. So, if you want to make changes to a program, perform those changes out of Sandboxie. For example, if you want to install add-ons for Firefox, or, change its settings, you should do it outside Sandboxie.

Sandboxie provides settings for various popular browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Maxthon, Seamonkey, Waterfox, and Pale Moon, although not all settings are available for all browsers. These settings can be accessed from the Applications section of the settings by clicking on Applications --> Web Browser, and then clicking on the appropriate browser name to change its settings (please refer to the Settings image).

The way to change the settings is the same for all browsers; therefore, we just need to understand them for one browser.

Let's take Firefox. There are several settings for Firefox: you will see a plus sign inside a pair of square brackets, [+], next to Allow direct access to Firefox/Waterfox/Pale Moon phishing database, which means that this setting has already been enabled by Sandboxie.

We want to allow direct access to bookmarks and to passwords, so select and double-click the appropriate setting. Alternatively, selecting the setting with a mouse click, and clicking the Add button will have the same effect of enabling the setting. So, to allow direct access to the Firefox passwords, select Allow direct access to Firefox passwords, and double-click it. This will put a plus sign against it, inside the square brackets, indicating that it has been enabled. The procedure is the same for any other setting, for any other browser, which you want to enable, or disable.


I hope this article helps you to get to know Sandboxie, and understand about it, and helps you in setting it up easily, and using it.

If there are any suggestions or feedback about this article, please feel free to share them.

If there are any questions, or you want to learn more about Sandboxie, please post in the freeware forum, where other Sandboxie users will help and guide you. There are many knowledgeable members on the site and forum, who use Sandboxie and are more than willing to help you.

Just a little note: Sandboxie is not a replacement for security software, like antivirus, or anti-malware programs. Therefore, it is advised to keep the system updated and patched, and also install a good antivirus, and keep it updated. While Sandboxie will keep you safe while browsing inside it, but it's still advisable to follow good and safe surfing practices, and make it a part of your habit.

Enjoy your safe and secure browsing experience with Sandboxie. Be safe. Happy Sandboxing!

Related Links

Detailed help for Sandboxie is available on its website, here:

The site has a number of resources to learn all about Sandboxie in detail, listed on the above page.

Sandboxie has been chosen as the top pick for the Best Free Browser Protection Utility review, here:

There are other security based articles on the site that provide guidelines on how to keep your system safe and secure. You will often find Sandboxie mentioned in them.

For more advanced reading, security related articles can be found here:

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This article update shows 25 Nov 2020. Thanks and great article. The comments are pretty old but I'll post anyway.
Ive.been using Sandboxie 5.33.3 for some time on windows 10 and all has been ok until recently. With a recent Firefox update to v83 Sandboxie doesn't run with this error: "The procedure entry point ?CreateAndStoreEarlyBlankWindow@mozilla@@YAXPEAUHINSTANCE_@@@Z could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe.

From the comments below the real question is, where do I go to get the latest stable version of Sandboxie that works with Firefox and I guess Win10, tho' I don't see Win10 as part of my problem.

Thanks and happy Thanksgiving

I am currently using 5.43.6 64-bit with Win10. At about six blocks down you can see the different versions as stated at that time. There's a bunch of stuff going on; technically a bit difficult for me to deal with. Since I always keep an array of portable browsers handy, I just use whichever works with whatever version seems to be doing well at the moment. Firefox is always sort of my main goto. Bo Elam is shepherding one fork and David Xantos is doing another. I admit I've never tried the plus fork. Added bells and whistles are usually not for me. Hope this helps in some small way

Appreciate the feed back Mike C. I'm not going to assume that the Sandboxie/Firefox difficulty I'm having will be cured but I will try the newer version of Sandboxie.
Thanks again

As of a month or so ago Sandboxie didn't work with Windows 10. (Its driver didn't work.) I haven't tried it now that MS has released what is apparently the RTM version to preview testers.

I think i will try right now, as i have nothing better to do at the moment.

Okay - works now. Originally there was an issue with Sandboxie's driver, which must have been resolved.

Thank you for the feedback :). The Sandboxie site does not post about Windows 10 compatability though. On the download page, only XP to Windows 8.1 are mentioned. Anyways, I don't expect any software to be compatible with an OS whose final version hasn't been out yet. Still, development might be going on for compatiblity with Windows 10 for sure. It's a good thing if Sandboxie is working with Windows 10.

The installer you get at the Downloads webpage at the Sandboxie website is for version 4.20. That version doesn't work in Windows 10. Sandboxies beta version 5.01 is designed to work in Windows 10. The spam filter don't allow me to post the link to the beta installer. You can get it at the Sandboxie forum, look for Subforum Beta Version 5.01.


As usual, ANOTHER EXCELLENT ARTICLE on a very good, and USEFUL, free software. What is so amazing is that expensive, "Paid for" software do not get this kind of in-depth, unbiased, USEFUL, UNDERSTANDABLE, comparative discussion and evaluation. An added bonus is the Comments. I frequently learn a great deal from them, too!!

I have been using SANDBOXIE for years, ever since it was first discussed on GIZMO'S. It has been used on various XP machines, laptops, desktops, Win7, and now Win8.1, 64 bit, with Chrome, Chrome Canary, Firefox, IE, Opera etc. To my knowledge it has always worked flawlessly. It's one of those "must have", first installed programs.

Anyone who has ever had a nasty downloaded on their machine KNOWS that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

THANK YOU, Anupam, for another excellent article!!

lowndesw, thank you so much for your kind words. Really glad you found the article useful :).

Be aware that this is not as easy to use stated. Investigating programme for use by elderly I proceeded to two image searches. One for a picture of a Jaguar cat and one for a picture of a Rolls Royce. On both instances the browser performed exactly as expected until it came to the 'save image as' context menu item. Immediately upon choosing this menu item the browser crashed - this happened in all browsers. Many elderly people like to view/download images from various places like Facebook or Wikipedia so this function is vital. Upon investigation there appears to be no way to contact the company to make enquiry.

I will not be recommending this to any persons in my classes/groups!

You cannot seriously expect full direct support from a company on a FREE version of their software. And as you posted your comment on a Saturday, how many makers of Expensive, paid versions of their software do you think would provide an instant reply on a weekend?
But as howiem suggests in his reply, you could avail yourself of their help/support forum, and receive help within a few days.
Details of your problem would help too.
My guess is that if your default download folder has a very long name, for example on an XP machine so it looks something like c:\living room computer\users and settings\...\...\my documents\downloaded files....
and the path is too long for the browser and/or the operating system, when adding in the path that Sandboxie adds by default for its own folder hierarchy.


I am offering a substantial bet that the computer you used for your tests is infected with some sort of malware.

And when you post such nasty details more information on what browser(s), version(s) ans OS (version?) would lend your words significant credibility.

I have been using Sandboxie since version 1.x.
I do image searches all the time in my sandboxed browser and I also use a number of browsers. Never encountered this problem in any sandbox or with any browser. The Sandboxie website also has a forum has a forum where issues can be posted.

You are talking about Sandboxie, right? Which version? Which browsers did you use it with? This will require discussion, so please post about it in the forum here, with all possible details about the problem.. like installation, usage, etc.

An excellent article, both informative and easy to understand - many thanks!

Many thanks for your appreciation :).

i just went thru this article again for a refresher on sandboxie. you are spot on. sandboxie is a must-use for me and as i download a lot, the ability to take stuff out of the sandbox and into my files is very important. since i have been using sandboxie i have had zero problems with any nasties that the jerks of this digital world constantly throw at honest people. thanks again.

Apparently I am a Dummy - I can't get over the first hurdle. When I double click the Sandboxed Web Browser icon , Firefox and a couple of other items appear in the Control window but the Firefox item does not show the Firefox icon (just an empty window like the others) and does not show its name within ##, Firefox also does not show in the list of running programs. If I then try to start Firefox sandboxed from the quick launch area I get another entry called called plugin-container. To get a running Firefox I can only do it outside the the sandbox.

What am I missing?

I am running Windows XP

Hi Martyn, is your XP, 32 or 64 bits? XP 64 bits is not supported by Sandboxie.

If it is 32 bits, Can you run another browser sandboxed? If you haven't tried, try,

Are you getting any Sandboxie messages? If yes, what are the numbers?

Does Firefox opens up when you click on the Sandboxed Web Browser icon or nothing happens?

What antivirus, other security software are you using?


Brilliant article !!

Thank you for introducing me to Sandboxie !! What an excellent piece of software !! Have been playing with it now for a few days and all I can say is that it says and does what it promotes..

You can also drag 'n' drop programs from your desktop and start menu straight onto the Sandboxie Control Panel and it isolates that program..

Eg; open the Sandboxie Control Panel, click "start", then drag 'n' drop notepad / calculator..

Tweaked it the Sandboxie settings so I have a fluro-green bar around my web-browser and applications that are sandboxed (green for 'good')

Once again, top stuff and top article and it's so easy to use !!

Thank you for the appreciation :). I hope you enjoy using Sandboxie and keep safe.

I tried Sandboxie and the options and settings feel lik a maze. Too many settings where I'm not even sure what it's doing.

Toolwiz Timefreeze (freeware) is as simple as it gets. One click starts timefreeze and isolates all changes in a virtual sandbox. One click stops timefreeze and you have the option of keeping all the changes OR dropping all the changes (which automatically restarts your computer).
That's it.

I havn't used Timefreeze long enough to give it a 100% endorsement. But used it for a few days downloading files, deleting files, etc. ..Selecting both options to keep or discard changes and everything worked as advertised.

Tedshony, the default settings sandbox is designed so it ll be easy for first time users to start using Sandboxie immediately after installing the program, you really don't have to make changes to settings right away. I believe first time users should use the sandbox with default settings for a while and only make changes when they know what they are changing and the reason for making the changes.

For convenience and security, the only changes in settings that I recommend you do after installing Sandboxie for the first time are the following:

1) Set the sandbox to delete on closing.

2) For convenience, I recommend you allow bookmarks to be saved out of the sandbox.

3) Also for convenience, set the sandbox to allow downloads to be recovered out of the sandbox.

Important: set your browser to recover to one of the folders that are in the Quick recovery window. Otherwise, recovering files might seem like its not something smooth and you ll get frustrated. If you set it up correctly, recovering files works perfectly.

As a new Sandboxie user, you should know how antiviruses interact with Sandboxie.

Let me finish saying that Sandboxies default sandbox was created with first time users in mind, it is well balanced (security and convenience).

Regarding Toolwiz TimeFreeze. Light virtualization programs are great. I use them as well. I use this kind of programs for testing other programs and Sandboxie (Application sandbox) for security.

I ll give you a piece of advise regarding TTF or any other LV programs. It is safer not to save all changes. It is better to use the program to drop all changes after rebooting. If you try a program under TTF and you like it, install it after rebooting.


Rather than set Sandboxie for automatic recovery of downloads, I recommend getting the free VirusTotal Windows Uploader so you can test downloads for malware before recovering from the sandbox by using the right context menu in Windows Explorer | Sendto | VirusTotal has the download LINK and a tutorial. Note: The tutorial version shows 2.0, but the download version is 2.2. more details including file upload size limitations:
" What is the maximum file size that can be submitted to VirusTotal?

64MB for the web and email interfaces, 32MB for the API interface by default. Having said this, should you have a strong and justified need to send big files through the API (even larger than 64MB) you can contact us in order to have access to the big files API call. "

There are some other programs similar to VirusTotal at
5.1. File scanning with several scanners:

I'm still using VirusTotal 2.0 but will be installing 2.2 shortly.

I have covered majority of the above points in the article already. The article is directed specifically towards new users... so that they make the minimum changes in settings required in order to run Sandboxie without problems.

Different users will need different features. In my case I found the article very useful and will try sandboxie as it matches what I was looking for. Thank you.

I know Sandboxie has many settings, which people find a lot to go through initially. I too had that problem in the beginning. That's why I thought of writing this article, which will help people set up Sandboxie in a quick way, with the necessary settings. You have to spend some time reading the article though. Toolwiz TimeFree is an excellent software no doubt. But, so is Sandboxie. Both are good in their own ways. Toolwiz TimeFreeze has the advantage that it's easy to use with no learning curve at all. It's perfect to test out different software. All you have to do is reboot and the changes are gone. But Sandboxie has it's own advantages too, and is specially good for browsing. With Toolwiz TimeFreeze, you have to apply all the changes into the system at once, or discard them all. Whereas, with Sandboxie, you can just take out a file, or files, and you do not have to commit all the changes to the system. Like, you are browsing, and you downloaded a file.. you can take it out to your real system with Sandboxie easily, but you cannot do that with TimeFreeze. Also, with TimeFreeze you have to reboot the computer. Suppose you tested a software running TimeFreeze... you didn't like it. You have to reboot the computer to get rid of the changes. Whereas with Sandboxie, all you have to do is empty the sandbox and it's gone. Both the software are excellent, and both have their uses. For day to day browsing, I would certainly prefer Sandboxie. For system wide testing and other purposes, I use Toolwiz TimeFreeze.

"Quick Guide to Sandboxie"

"Quick" it is not.

I agree it looks lengthy, but I have tried to make it as short as possible, and have tried to touch all the important concepts of Sandboxie, which a general user will require to understand, to use Sandboxie properly, without problems. I believe it's still quicker than going trying to understand Sandboxie by yourself.

Yeah, I learned most of Sandboxie by myself, and yet I'm still very glad I read this article. The shortcut thing was particularly helpful. And I still think this is one of the most outstanding freewares around.