Returnil Virtual System for Safe Browsing or Software Testing – Windows Security
There is no foolproof way to your PC Security. Howsoever modern and advanced security tool you use, you can never be absolutely sure about it. It is always better to employ more than one security approach for safeguarding your computer.
Sandboxing, is an approach, which is often overlooked by many of the computer users. However it is a great way to get protected.
What is a SandBox
If you are not sure, Sandbox is a tool, which creates a virtual space in your PC and restricts the applications, browsers and websites to work within this space. Your main files remain protected and all the changes made to them are only temporary in nature. Even if you encounter a virus or trojan, or you click a malicious link while browsing, which downloads some malware script on your PC, or you visit a website which attempts to push some drive-by-download onto your PC, you do not have to be worried about them.
If you are using a sandbox, you are protected. With one click or a simple boot, you can just wipe out all the changes made during this session and your computer is as fresh as it was before you started the sandbox session.
Sandbox is also an excellent tool for testing of a new software, about whose safe nature you are not absolutely sure. For instance, you might be willing to try some screensaver, or some new software from a torrent site, but you are afraid whether it contains any malware or s pyware, then there is no need to worry. Just run that software in an sondboxed environment, test the software as you wish and in the end, wipe out all the changes made to your system with few simple clicks. Easy.
Returnil Virual System – A useful toll for Windows Security
Returnil is one such tool, which allows you to run applications in a sandboxed environment. Returnil virtualization technology clones a computer’s System Partition and boots the PC into this system rather than native Windows, allowing users to run your applications in a completely isolated environment.
This method of providing security to your Windows computer has some distinct merits over the traditional methods of using security software like antiviruses, antispyware etc. These tools work on post-event basis. They depend on early detection of all new malware and updation of the signature file of these antiviruses by the end user. There can be considerable delays, sometime hours, sometimes days and sometimes months, before the actual protection to a malware ultimately reached the end user.
Important Feature of Returnil Virtual System
System Protection Mode / Virtualization: It allows you to create a virtual copy of your system and thus take advantage of virtualization. You can choose to drop or save changes upon restart.
Virtual Partition: You can easily create and mount virtual partition with a facility to A\automount with each system start. Saved files will stay after restart.
Access Protection: It allows you to keep inexperienced users from making changes to your settings. For instance if you have a few children, which also play around with your Computer in your absence, then you can try it. You can also set custom password to lock the interface.
Protection Scheduler: It can also automate your computer’s protection. You can schedule your protection to be ON at specified times. It also allows you to operate it on case-to-case basis; for instance you can turn OFF protection when updating Windows etc.
Returnil Virtual System 2010 Beta
Recently, Returnil has also announced the release of the BETA version of their latest product Returnil Virtual System 2010. It has been able to integrate System level Virtualization with Malware detection and removal in a single, easy to use application.
“The addition of Malware detection in the virtual environment, the all new Returnil VirusGuard, works to ensure that users computing experience is free from known malicious content while working hand-in-hand with our virtual system technology to provide the most effective and seamless malicious content removal available,” said Fernando Francisco, the CEO of Returnil.
Returnil has a free personal edition as well as the paid pro version. The following screenshot lists the features in both the versions. In addition, you can download the full featured BETA version of Returnil 2010 from their website.