This is not 1985 when the only thing you had to worry about was what might be on the floppy disks you exchanged with your friends. Today, your Browser is the conduit into your computer – that’s the route by which the majority of malware spreads.
So, controlling malware intrusion, while surfing the Net, through the use of a ‘”virtual” environment rather than operating in a “real” environment, continues to make sense given the level of cyber criminal activity on the Internet.
In the last few months we’ve looked primarily at operating system virtualization – Shadow Defender, Returnil Virtual System, Wondershare Time Freeze, and a number of other similar applications. But, there are alternatives to OS virtualization – specific application virtualization running in a sandbox.
KACE Networks, Secure Browser (last updated Oct 20, 2010), is a virtualized version of Firefox which according to KACE -
Changes or malicious files inadvertently downloaded from the Internet are contained within the secure browser, keeping the underlying OS and computer secure from hostile changes.
Any changes resulting from browser activity may be quickly and easily reset to effectively “undo” such changes and return it to its initially installed state.
Graphic courtesy of Kace.
Provides a virtualized and contained Firefox v3.6 Browser with Adobe Reader and Flash plug-ins.
Rapidly reset any changes made during normal use back to their initial state, enabling easy recovery from infections or attacks.
View statistics related to the number of processes detected and blocked.
Set white and black lists to limit access to known good sites, or prevent access to known bad sites to further limit the risk of attack and infection.
Contrary to my usual practice, I have not tested this application. Instead, I’m reporting on it’s availability only. I tend to stick with Ubuntu when surfing the Internet.
System requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit systems).
Download at: KACE
Note: Registration required.
Sandbox your current Browser in Sandboxie.
Run the Chrome Browser which includes a form of sandboxing.
Run Comodo Dragon a variation on Chrome with additional privacy controls.
Run Ubuntu while surfing the Web.
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