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Securely Run Applications In Comodo Sandbox

Every time you download and Install applications from an unknown source, or visit websites and click on links unbeknownst to you, there's a risk that your computer may be Infected by a virus. Even If you have the best antivirus software that's updated with the latest virus definitions, It still won't prevent your PC from being compromised. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely run applications In Comodo sandbox.

So what Is a sandbox? In computing terms and simply stated, It's a virtual Isolated environment that's segregated from your computer thus any application that runs In the sandbox, will remain there and not affect your PC. In other words, It Isolates programs and applications and prevents them from Infecting the rest of your computer.

It's always good practice to execute software & applications In a sandbox environment, particularly when you're not sure whether they're malicious-free. The same applies when navigating online to websites that you've never visited before and seem somewhat suspicious.

To achieve this, I will be using Comodo Sandbox, that's part of a freeware security software named Comodo Firewall. You can download It from the official website, or via this reputable source. Prior to Installing It, to avoid compatibility Issues, be sure to uninstall any third-party firewall software from your computer. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

The first thing you need to do, Is download Comodo Firewall and Install It on your PC. The process Is straightforward, so there's no need to elaborate on that. Once that's done, execute It, select Run Virtual and then hit Choose and Run as shown below.

Step Two:

Next, navigate to the Installation directory of the application that you wish to add to the Sandbox, and select It's executable file. In my case, my application Is named Slitheris.exe. When you've made your choice, click Open.

Step Three:

As you can see, my application Is running In the Sandbox. How do I know this? It's denoted by the green border around the window. When you see that, It's Isolated In the Sandbox environment. If this application was Infected, It will not affect my computer.

Step Four:

To see that It Is In fact running In the Sandbox, click on Advanced View at the top right of the window.

Step Five:

Then simply hit Contained Apps as Illustrated below.

Step Six:

You will then see Fully Virtualized next to your application, thus It confirms It's operating within the Sandbox.

Last Step:

As mentioned toward the beginning of this article, you can also run your web browser In the Sandbox. I've decided on Internet Explorer, thereby I can now safely navigate online.

Final Thoughts:

I've used quite a few Sandbox software and I must say that Comodo Is the most user-friendly, therefore users with little to no computing experience, will have no Issues whatsoever. The good thing about It, Is that It's totally free of cost, so be sure to Install Comodo Firewall and keep It active at all times.


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