Following the review of BufferZone Pro here earlier this year, a fair number of readers were disappointed to see that a 64 bit version of this free virtualization application from Trustware, was not yet available.
Well here’s some good news – those readers who have been waiting for a 64 bit version of BufferZone Pro need wait no longer. Trustwareis opening the registration for the BufferZone Pro 4 beta version, which includes support for 64-bit Windows installations, on March 28,2011 (9:00 am PST).
To register for the beta program, or for more information, go here.
From “Free BufferZone Pro – Maybe The Best Surfing Virtualization Application At Any Price”, posted here February 22, 2011 –
Controlling malware intrusion, while surfing the Net, through the use of a ‘”virtual” environment rather than operating in a “real” environment, makes sense given the escalating level of cyber criminal activity on the Internet.
From the developer’s site:
BufferZone Pro keeps you surfing, downloading, e-banking, sharing, chatting, and e-mailing to your heart’s content – basically, using the Internet as it should be used. The Virtual Zone gives you total freedom, peace and security on the Web. With BufferZone Pro, you can do absolutely anything on the Internet threat free.
With BufferZone, all programs or files that enter your computer through downloading, browsing, or uploading with external media devices, are redirected to a Virtual Zone (C:\Virtual). And, since any intrusion attempt occurs within this virtual environment, there’s nothing in that summary that I can disagree with. BufferZone’s Virtual Zone does protect a PC from all forms of known, or unknown, attacks originating from the Internet, or external devices.
It does so in a non intrusive way, and after initial setup, requires a minimum of user intervention – perfect for the average user. Installation is hassle free – it’s just a matter of following the on-screen instructions.
BufferZone sits in the Taskbar and can be fully controlled from there.
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (32-bit). 64 bit users now have access to BufferZone 4 Beta available here.
Note: 32 bit users can download stable version 3 here.
As with all beta, or release candidates, take sensible precautions prior to installation. This should include setting a new restore point.
Update: April 25, 2011 – Regular reader Charlie reports the following:
“When I uninstall it or surf outside of it, I lose all my firefox bookmarks. Installing returns the bookmarks. Also, won’t let me keep Chrome bookmarks.I checked the support form, and others had the same problems. No answers were provided, however.”
If you have experienced these conditions, and you have developed a solution – please let us know.
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