Avast! Free Antivirus – how to use the Sandbox

Avast! Free Antivirus - how to use the Sandbox

The isolated environment in avast! Free Antivirus really comes in handy. See how to use it.

Sandbox is a module that creates an environment isolated from files stored on the computer and runs potentially suspicious applications in it. This prevents viruses and other ‘pests’ that may be carried by infected programs from spreading on your computer.

Sandbox works in automatic mode by default. But it can also run in a more functional manual mode.

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Automatic Sandbox

1. The AutoSandbox module works in automatic mode by default. Its functionality is limited to controlling suspicious applications (for example, launched from a portable disk or flash drive).

During the verification of the running program, the checked application works in the Sandbox environment, symbolized by a red frame surrounding the opened window of the controlled application.

2. After checking the program, it closes automatically, and the Sandbox module displays a summary of its work.

Leaving the default settings and clicking OK will check the same application again and close it. Therefore, to run a program checked by the avast! Module, you must first add it to the exclusion list. To do this, select Open normally from the drop-down list (see the picture above) and click on the OK button in the Sandbox window.

The next time you launch the program, it will not be controlled by Sandbox.

Manual operating mode

1. Double-click “Avast!” in the system tray to enable a more functional Sandbox mode. Then click on Additional protection and the button Settings.

In the drop-down list, select Ask, then click OK.

2. From now on, when launching a suspicious application, the Sandbox module will be displayed. By leaving the default settings Open in Sandbox (recommended) and clicking on OK, we will be able to run the application in a Sandbox environment.

Safe programs can be run without an isolated environment. Just select Open Normally and click on OK.

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