How To Safely Run Infected Files In Windows

Apart from pirated programs, sometimes even the legitimate programs are reported to be infected by the Anti-viruses. This does not necessarily mean the reported program is really infected. It might be a false positive (False positive is a term to point out a faulty action by anti malware applications that report innocent programs as infected). You must have adequate knowledge and expertise to conclude the reported program as infected or not yourself, which might again not be a correct conclusion 🙂 All this is crazy and can be tolerated to an extent.

But, if you are keen to use the program, whether it is really infected or not, you can safely run it in an isolated environment created with the help of a freeware application called Sandboxie.

To run any program within Sandboxie, follow these step by step visual illustrations:

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    After running the concerned program with Sandboxie, all the files that will be created by the program will only be stored in an isolated space created by Sandboxie. All the actions taken by the infected program will be locked in that isolated space and hence keeping it’s actions away from your main system.  This results in better security. Also, it’s a fact that there exist some malware that Sanboxie can’t take control of, so if you are unable to fool the infected file with Sandboxie, make sure you forget about running it and not let the anti-virus take control instead! 🙂

    Sanboxie features:

    Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.

    Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.

    Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.

    Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.