OK. I've mentioned this program before in a few anti-virus threads but thought that I should at least do a post about this program.
What is Sandboxie?
It basically creates a 'virtual' drive that it separate and isolated from your system. Whenever you wish to run a program, like an Internet Browser, for example, it will copy the program into the virtual drive and will then run the program out of that folder.
What this means is that any malicious software, buggy script, cookies, whatever will be stored in the virtual drive. When you've finished browsing you can then configure the program, if you wish, to delete the virtual drive in its entirety (although for ease I normally just delete it manually every fortnight or so).
I cannot recommend this program enough. In fact I would go so far as saying that it is my favourite windows program just because of how flexible it is.
Can you use it to create private folders. Yes.
Can you use it to test install downloaded programs. Yes.
Can you use it to test program updates before applying them. Yes.
I've been using this without any form of virus protection (other than windows firewall) or Windows Defender for years now without any problems. I even put it on my dad's and sister's computers.
This is the free version although they do offer a paid version for automatic sandboxing of programs. I'm hoping that this post is going to give me the impetus to actually buy this as I've never actually felt a need to (other than to support development).
2 things to remember with the free version. One is to make sure that the program is running sandboxed and that any files you have saved are opened sandboxed. The other is to remember to move anything out of the sandbox that you wish to keep before deleting the sandbox! (I've got burnt a few times with that one!).
Anyways, its just something to consider if, like me, you were used to running anti-virus protection.