When navigating online and downloading files from various websites, or opening email attachments received from work colleagues, you never know for sure whether they are In fact malicious-free. The same applies when executing tools and applications from unknown sources. Wouldn't It be great If you could do It without affecting your PC? In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely run programs using Avast Sandbox.
Before I begin, please note that this only relates to files In an executable format. That Is, .exe files. If you have sensitive data, such as username & password logins, bank account details or Important work documents stored on your computer, the last thing you need Is to be Infected by a keylogger or a RAT, thereby steal your data and credentials within a few seconds. The alarming part Is, If they're FUD (Fully Undetectable), there'll be no Indication of Infection.
You can significantly reduce the chance of Infection, by running programs and applications In Avast Sandbox. Simply put, It runs any .exe file In a virtual controlled Isolated environment, hence everything you do (with the application), will remain there and not affect your PC.
You can also run your web browser In Avast Sandbox, therefore your online navigation will be secured within the sandbox Itself. Basically, any executable file can be used. To use Avast Sandbox, you must have either Avast Premier, Pro Antivirus or Internet Security Installed. On the grounds you have one of these up and running, let's rip Into this tutorial.
Upon executing Avast, click on the Protection option as arrowed below.
To the right of the window, you will see Sandbox (Virtually test files), so simply click It.
The Sandbox feature will open. Now you need to add the executable file, that you wish to run In the Sandbox environment, so hit Run App In Sandbox.
Next, browse to the directory of your executable file. For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be running a tool named Charny Screenhot In Avast Sandbox. When you've made your selection, hit Open.
As you can see, my tool Is now securely running In the Sandbox environment. This Is confirmed by the Avast Sandbox tab at the top. Essentially, If this tool was Infected with a virus, It will remain there and not leak Into my computer.
Let's run a web browser, namely Internet Explorer In Avast Sandbox. I've navigated to It's default Installation directory, selected the executable file and hit Open.
As expected, Internet Explorer Is now running In the Sandbox Isolated environment. Again, confirmed by the Avast Sandbox tab. So If I download a malicious file, I know that my PC Is safe from Infection.
Each program you add to Avast Sandbox, will remain there and run In that environment until you decide to remove It. To do this, click on Protection > Sandbox, and then simply hit the Remove Icon as shown below. Your application will now operate as per It's original state.
Whether you're testing tools and applications, or hitting a few downloads here and there from quite a number of websites, to prevent viruses from Infecting your PC, be sure to do so In Avast Sandbox. Never become complacent with a "It will never happen to me" attitude. If you're not cautious with how you apply your computational tasks, It can and will happen at some point In time.
It only takes a minute or so, to add an application and secure It In Avast Sandbox, so there's no excuse not to.