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Sandboxie 3.76
Original author(s) Ronen Tzur[1]
Developer(s) Invincea
Initial release June 26, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-06-26)
Stable release 4.16[2] / February 20, 2015; 33 days ago (2015-02-20)
Preview release 4.15.12 / February 11, 2015; 42 days ago (2015-02-11)
Development status Active
Written in C++[citation needed]
Operating system Windows XP SP3 and later
Platform IA-32 and x64
Available in English, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese (Brasil and Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Type Security software
License Shareware[3][4][5]

Sandboxie is a sandbox-based isolation program developed by Invincea (which acquired it from the original author Ronen Tzur[1][6][7]), for 32- and 64-bit Windows NT-based operating systems.[8][9][10] It creates a sandbox-like isolated operating environment in which applications can be run or installed without permanently modifying the local or mapped drive.[8][11] An isolated virtual environment allows controlled testing of untrusted programs and web surfing.[11][12][13]


  • Version 3.36 added partial 32-bit Windows 7 compatibility, for build 7000.
  • Version 3.38 adds additional Windows 7 support, for build 7100.
  • Version 3.40 adds full support for Windows 7, as well as security improvements and minor fixes.
  • Version 3.42 improves on Windows 7 support, adds new settings, and improves compatibility with 3rd party software.
  • Version 3.46 addresses over 100 issues, including improvements to Win 7 64-bit support.
  • Version 3.48 introduces a new activation process to Sandboxie, to combat the piracy of Sandboxie registration codes. A Product Key replaces the previous registration code, and Sandboxie must now be activated every 180 days online or offline. Otherwise it falls back to the limited unregistered mode.
  • Version 3.50 adds additional compatibility settings, bug fixes, and improvements to the GUI.
  • Version 3.54 makes some necessary changes for SP1 on Win 7, as well as a recent Windows Update for XP.
  • Version 3.74 becomes the latest version, superseding the beta version 3.81.xx
  • Version 3.76 is a maintenance release which fixes a security problem.
  • Version 4.02 added full support for Windows 8,[14] and removed support for Windows 2000 and pre-SP3 Windows XP.
  • Version 4.04 offers full protection to 32- and 64-bit Windows, and removes support for Windows 2000 and pre-SP3 Windows XP. July 8, 2013
  • Version 4.06 adds initial support for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003, and improved support for Windows 8.
  • Version 4.08 adds bugfixes and improvements.
  • Version 4.10 adds DEP and ASLR for all Sandboxie binaries, support for Windows 8.1 update KB2919355, and some bugfixes.
  • In December, 2013 Invincea announced the acquisition of Sandboxie.[1] The original developer Ronen Tzur further announced he will no longer be involved with the program.[6][7]

64-bit Windows[edit]

As of version 4.02, Sandboxie has full support for 64-bit versions of Windows[15] with the exception of Windows XP 64-bit which was never supported.[16]


Sandboxie is released under a proprietary End-User License Agreement (EULA). Two functions of the software in the free unregistered version of Sandboxie are blocked: automatically running programs under Sandboxie, and parallel usage of multiple sandboxes.[3][13] After a 30-day period, users of the unregistered free version will encounter a 5-second popup asking the user to register (buy) the product before opening.[8]


Sandboxie was included in Brothersoft's 2010 Editors Pick list.[17]

Gizmo's Freeware gave Sandboxie a rating of 9 out of 10 stars[18] and included it in their Editors' Choice List as the "Best Free Browser Protection Utility".[19]

Softonic has given Sandboxie a rating of 8 out of 10 with Elena Santos stating in her review that "Sandboxie is a handy tool to test untrustworthy software without putting your system in danger."[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Invincea's Expanding Global Community". 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-19. [W]e announced the acquisition of Sandboxie from an earlier transaction in 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sandboxie - Download Sandboxie". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b "FAQ Licensing". Sandboxie. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Sandboxie 3.60". PCAuthority. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Sandboxie 2.64". PCWorld. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Goodbye from tzuk". 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-25. Today I depart from Sandboxie, as I announced a few weeks ago. 
  7. ^ a b "Questions About Invincea Acquiring Sandboxie?". 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-19. I am happy to pass the torch to the capable hands of Invincea...In about six weeks, I will depart from Sandboxie. 
  8. ^ a b c Olzak, Tom (December 15, 2008). "Use free sandboxing software to isolate risky behavior". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  9. ^ Kassner, Michael (January 20, 2009). "Minimize risk when downloading from the Internet". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  10. ^ Grimes, Roger A. (December 15, 2008). "Sandbox Security Versus the Evil Web". PCWorld. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  11. ^ a b Pash, Adams (May 7, 2007). "Featured Windows Download: Safely test new software with Sandboxie". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  12. ^ Martin. "Ghacks Christmas Giveaway: Sandboxie". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  13. ^ a b Horowitz, Michael. "How to Defend Against Drive-By Downloads - Business Center - PC World". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Sandboxie - Notes About 64-Bit Edition". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  16. ^ "Sandboxie - Quick Questions - Windows XP 64 Bit". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  17. ^ "Brothersoft Winners 2010: List of Editors Pick Windows Software - Brothersoft windows Topic". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Best Free Browser Protection Utility". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sandboxie - Download". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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