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imfimity 07. Jan 2020 07:34 AM

What's going on with sandboxie?

Since the last windows update Sandboxie has stopped me from downloading software through the sandbox, everything works fine if I'm not using sandboxie. So I went to the site to download the latest version and got this message.

"Due to requirements of the U.S. government, export compliance is now mandatory when downloading our software. Complete the form to proceed with your download."

I assume this is just a straight out lie as no other software seems subject to these regulations. The problem is that even when I fill in their "loan application" the "state" location field keeps resetting to 0 and it tells me that the state is required and it wont let me download the file.

So is there any solution or alternative program that I could use?


kendall.a 08. Jan 2020 12:30 AM

Did you try to obtain the downloaded file from this site:

imfimity 08. Jan 2020 11:38 AM

Yes, your link was the same as I used. When I click it I get this message that I have to accept.

"End User License Agreement & Privacy Policy

Use of this software is subject to the Sophos End User License Agreement (EULA). You must accept the EULA to continue, so please read it carefully. You also acknowledge that Sophos processes personal data in accordance with the Sophos Privacy Policy.

These commodities, technology, or software were exported from the United States in accordance with the Export Administration Regulations. Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited. These products are subject to U.S. law even after they are exported from the U.S. Any party handling these goods (including non-U.S. individuals and entities) is subject to U.S. law and may not re-export or otherwise transfer these items to prohibited countries, individuals, companies, governments, or other entities. Violators may be subject to penalties including fines and the denial of permissions to export and re-export U.S. origin products. The export control laws and regulations of other countries may apply in addition to those of the United States.

These goods may not be exported, in their entirety or in part, for use in connection with the development, production, handling, operation, maintenance, storage, detection, identification or dissemination of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, or other nuclear explosive devices, or the development, production, maintenance or storage of missiles capable of delivering such weapons.

If these goods are delivered to a country within the European Union, please be advised in accordance with article 22 (10) of the EC Regulation 428/2009, that these goods are subject to controls. If they are to be exported out of the European Union the exporter must acquire the relevant export licenses.

Certain Sophos products may not be exported for use by government end-users in specific countries and/or for use for military purposes. For more information regarding the export of Sophos products, please see: or contact your Sophos representative."

After accepting I have to fill in a form with these details. But it wont accept the state/province, it just resets to 0 and I can't get the download.

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Job role
Zip code/Postcode

rolandflorida 09. Jan 2020 12:07 AM

I just tried and had no issue getting the download.
I chose my state (Florida) from the drop down menu and entered the additional information and went directly to the download.
Maybe an add-on in your browser is interfering.

imfimity 09. Jan 2020 06:53 AM

Thanks, you were right, the problem was NoScript, I turned it off and the download worked.

I don't see why people need to fill in the form at all really, most of those questions are none of their business.

Is Sandboxie still considered a good program or are there better alternatives available?

rolandflorida 09. Jan 2020 01:36 PM

Good to hear you got it. NoScript would make sense.

I agree with you on the form, but it may have to do with Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the US

I thought the same as you on the "export compliance" in your first post about this, but it appears EAR does have an effect and I am surprised such statements are not seen more.

I am not a big believer in security software, so I can not give advice on alternatives.

eyeb 15. Jan 2020 09:28 AM

I still like/use sandboxie, the government compliance thing is odd because I haven't come across this on any other software, but I don't use many either

Not sure there is anything that mimics sandboxie like it does. There are other sandboxing software, but they are usually for entire system, and not individual programs.

you could use "portablizing" programs to make a software "sandboxed" but those tend to have their own set of problems, and it doesn't self delete either so not a good sandboxie replacement

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