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Keylogger Image OK you have your top antivirus program Top Antivirus Software. What's your Favorite? [Poll] Top Antivirus Software. What's your Favorite? [Poll] Read More to keep your system files virus-free and a firewall software What Firewall Software do you Use ? [Poll] What Firewall Software do you Use ? [Poll] Read More to block hackers from connecting to your computer. You think that’s enough? Think again. Both a firewall and an anti-virus protect your PC from known malware they can identify. But what about programs that look completely normal but are meant to spy behind your back? Neither your firewall or anti-virus software can protect you from that.

Below you’ll find 2 very cool free security programs that add an additional layer to your PC’s security making it a lot harder to compromise.

SnoopFree

SnoopFree Privacy Shield – This nifty program is like a firewall for your keyboard and screen. It protects you from keyloggers and other surveiliance programs that try to spy on you. It blocks every unauthorized attempt to record your keyboard strokes and take screen snapshots.

Whenever any such program tries to access your keyboard input or read text from the screen, you’re immediately notified. You are presented with a detailed information about the offending program and can choose whether to allow or deny access.

Snoopfree - Stay safe from hackers

Download SnoopFree Privacy Shield (Win. XP only)

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Sandboxie

Whenever you run a program on your PC, the data flows between the hard disk and the program via so called read/write operations. Usually the changes you make while running the program are written directly to the hard drive. Therefore, if the program is malicious it can harm your system.

This is one of the reasons why you’re always warned not to open suspicious email attachments or install the programs you’re not sure about.

So what happens when you install the Sandboxie ?

Using Sandboxie users are able to launch selected programs or files in a “sandbox”. What this means is that all read/write operations will be going through the “sandbox” and stay isolated from the rest of the system. Sandboxie makes it virtually impossible for any software to reach outside the sandbox.

Sandboxie - free security software

Say you found an interesting software program but not sure how safe it is. Or just curious to see what is that attachment in the email from an unknown sender. In such cases you can simply open the ‘Windows Explorer’ in a sandbox and launch the program from there.

SandBoxie - Run Windows Explorer in Safe  Environment

The best thing about Sandboxie is that you can get rid of everything that is running inside the sandbox with a single click. That’s is to say, when you’re done testing some program you can get rid of it by simply deleting the sandbox. Everything that happened in the sandboxed mode will be gone. No need to delete or uninstall anything manually.

Similarly, if you decide to run your browser in the “sandbox” mode, then things like the browser cache, bookmarks, history records and other side-effects of your browsing activity (spyware, malware and the like) will disappear when the sandbox is deleted.

Sandboxie is ideal for testing new little-known programs that you come across on the web. With Sandboxie you can check such programs without making any changes to your system. And if you like the program, you can reinstall it outside the sandbox like any other program.

SandBoxie

Overall it’s an excellent piece of software. Though before you go ahead and start playing with it. I recommend you spend another 15-20 minutes going through tutorial and usage tips here.

If you know about another useful free security software please let us know in the comments.

  1. Glenn
    May 22, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I had some problems when I installed Snoopfree on my machine. It didn't play nice with Trillian 3 and the AVG anti-virus software I have. It caused both of them to become non-responsive after a while. I'm not sure if this is a problem other people are experiencing, but once I uninstalled Snoopfree my Trillian and AVG now work fine. I'm just posting this as a word of warning in case you're considering using Snoopfree for some reason or another.

    • Aibek
      May 22, 2008 at 2:32 am

      Hmmmm...strange. I have AVG as well and it worked fine. What version are you using? the new one, AVG 2008? Not asure about Trillian though.

      Snoopfree is small non-commercial program maintained by a single guy, so probably there are plenty of small bugs there.

  2. Ian
    May 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the information on Sandboxie, this seems like a great little program and quicker to use than programs like VMWare.
    Perhaps I am missing something with Snoopfree but I don't really see how this program is of any use as someone could install some kind of monitoring software on your computer and as long as they say that it's safe to use before you get to look at it the only way you'll know is if you continually monitor the allowed list. But perhaps I've misinterpreted it's usage. What would be better is a program that would require a password for any new install of any program. I looked a while ago for something like this and didn't have much success, perhaps someone here knows of a good one (hopefully free).

    • Aibek
      May 22, 2008 at 2:20 am

      Snoopfree alerts whenever some program tries to read the text from your screen or record the keyboard keys. The thing there aren't many legit programs aorund that needs access to these detials. I am personally not aware of single legit program that does this.

  3. Robert
    May 19, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Sandboxie is pretty cool but there are a bunch of other software programs that do similar stuff. I am a big fan of Avast (www.avast.com) to stop malware and VMWare (www.vmware.com) for virtual operating spaces. I also like to wipe my hardware infrequently as it seems Windows slows down the longer you use it. It is also a good way to get rid of unwanted programs. Lastly, for physical security, I have a built in fingerprint reader for my Dell M1330 and a ViewGuard Privacy Filter (www.buyviewguard.com) as a privacy screen.

    • Aibek
      May 22, 2008 at 2:12 am

      Not sure about Avast, but it seems to be quite popular. I am the AVG guy. :-). As about VMWare, I haven't tried it myself but you're are the third guy recommending it. Must be good!

  4. Laura
    May 16, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Great tool .This website rocks ..I am using this tool from 1 year ago and it works perfectly from avoid hackers .

  5. ted
    May 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    This is kind of a no-brainer (and it may not apply to all that many of you), but DO NOT try to use SnoopFree if you have replaced your Windows shell! I am running bbLean on my laptop at work and I received a nasty surprise after the SnoopFree install & restart...

  6. AskTheAdmin | Karl Gechlik
    May 16, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I don't know what i would do with out Sandboxie... Oh yeah I go back to a Vmware session!

  7. ew
    May 16, 2008 at 2:30 am

    I am using returnil, i assume its similar to sandboxie.
    returnil was a giveaway at that site, and its been working perfectly for me for testing software.

    here is a review also:
    http://www.freewaregenius.com/2007/10/10/returnil

    • Aibek
      May 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks, I will check it out.

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