At the end of 2009, many of the premier security application developers projected, that 2010 would see an increase in the the use of virtualization applications. Specifically, controlling malware intrusion through the use of a ‘”virtual” environment, rather than operating in a “real” environment.
This prediction made sense, and so this year, we’ve focused somewhat more on operating system virtualization. We’ve looked at Shadow Defender, Returnil Virtual System, Sandboxie, GeSWall, and a number of other similar applications.
I’ve just recently completed testing Wondershare Time Freeze, a relatively new and easy to use, free (at the moment), intrusion prevention system, that is non intrusive, and after initial setup, requires a minimum of user intervention – perfect for the average user.
Installation was hassle free – it was just a matter of following the on-screen instructions.
The interface is the usual tab and check box layout, and is self explanatory with no learning curve involved.
Once system protection is enabled, a popup reminder will warn you that system changes will not be saved to disk. All downloaded files, all created documents, and all system changes will disappear on reboot. However, you do have another option – see the following.
If you do want to save system changes then, before rebooting, open the application and turn off system protection. You will be warned that your system may “stop responding” for several minutes. In fact, I noticed a lag of less than 20 seconds.
Keep the actual system in a constant state, prevent the computer from getting slower and slower with time.
Put the actual system under protection to prevent malicious threats.
Traces of surfing the Internet and computer operation will disappear after reboot. (You have the flexibility to save changes to the actual system.)
Test software and game installations safely on a virtual system.
Mode 1: Disable access to the protected folders.
Mode 2: Prohibit changing files in the protected folders.
Protect your files from being infected by viruses or Trojans.
Protect your privacy more effectively.
Manage the program with a custom password setting.
Keep inexperienced users from making changes to your settings and configurations.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7 (32 bit only).
Download at: Wondershare
This test was fairly brief (a couple of days), but I did not encounter any problems, and ran Time Freeze successfully alongside GeSWall with no difficulty. Wondershare Time Freeze worked just as advertized – not always the case with this class of software.
Note: This application requires registration within 30 days in order to keep using it. Getting the registration code though, is a snap. Just click “Get Keycode”, and you’ll receive the registration code by email.
In previous reviews of virtualization applications, a number of readers made mention of Comodo Time Machine, a worthwhile free system restore utility. Popular guest author, Rick Robinette, has a very informative article over on his site, What’s On My PC – Comodo Time Machine – A Powerful System Restore Utility. I encourage you to read this article.
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