I have been using a program called Sandboxie ( and would like to recommend that you at least try it

Basically, what it does is make a copy of the stuff that usually gets written to when you do certain things (beyond internet explorer, but let’s just consider internet explorer for now) and then redirect writes/reads to that copy.  When you get done, it just throws away all these modified files and leaves the original files intact.

From their website:

Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware?

Spent too many hours removing unsolicited software?

Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links?

Introducing Sandboxie

Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.
Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.
Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.


Posted December 17, 2008 by mmdmurphy in freeware, security, tips, windows

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