Tag Archives | internet explorer

How I Setup Sandboxie for My Family and Clients

In case you didn’t already know Sandboxie is a free application that can automatically launch your web browser in a
“Sandboxed Environment”.  A sandboxed environment is basically  a virtual computer inside your computer.

Anything that you accidentally download (like a virus or fake antivirus) is caught inside this virtual computer and cannot harm your real computer.  Once you’re finished browsing the internet simply close Sandboxie and if it’s configured properly, Sandboxie will instantly delete that virtual computer and any virus inside it.

The only problem I have with Sandboxie is getting my family and clients to use it.  So…I made it really simple for them.  I placed 2 shortcuts on their desktop called:

Safe Internet (this is just a shortcut to sandboxie)


Non-Safe Internet.  This is a shortcut to Firefox or Internet Explorer incase the website that they are accessing via Sandboxie just isn’t working right because of Sandboxie (that happens on some banking websites).

This method clearly lets them know what is safe to use and what isn’t but still gives them a choice (which is a must when you’re dealing with clients).

If you guy’s have any questions or comments feel free to comment below.

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Avast 5 Pro Sandbox Broken

I was working on my Avast 5 pro pre-video testing when I got this lovely message below.

For some reason I can’t launch Internet Explorer 8 sandboxed. The context menu just says “Run Outside the Sandbox” and if I try to add a process manually I get the message above.

I’ve tried this on 2 different boxes with the same result. I’m using build 5.0.396. I know I’m not the only one because I’ve found other threads with people having the exact same issue as myself (and on the same build).

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Identifying Malware Using The Task Manager

Here’s a question that I get a lot of via email, twitter and youtube –

“Matt, can you tell me how I can identify malware using the Windows Task Manager?”

Sure, but you must understand that using the task manager to identify malware is just one part in the malware identification and removal process.  The task manager allows you to find blatant, unhidden pieces of malware and terminate their process.  I use this technique to speed up the removal process.tasks1

  1. Load the task manager by clicking ctrl-alt-del at the same time and click start task manager.
  2. Click Processes.
  3. Click Show Processes From All Users.
  4. Click Image Name.  This will arrange the processes by name.
  5. Observe the image names and look for anything running that contains.
  • random letters or numbers (like 573476.exe or shdgegage.exe or 1.exe).
  • has “security” in the name and ends in .exe.
  • is not part of the normal Windows OS or standard applications (obviously this takes experience).
  • rundll32.exe is running even if you never called it (ie – opening add/remove programs).
  • iexplore.exe (internet explorer) is running even though it’s not visibly open.
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