What does the Avast Sandbox do?

Deborah Salmi, 9 September 2015

The Avast Sandbox lets you run a questionable program without risking the safety or security of your computer.

The Avast Sandbox lets you run a questionable program without risking the safety or security of your computer.

The Sandbox is like a hamster ball. It keeps potential troublemakers isolated.
The Avast Sandbox is a special security feature which allows you to run potentially suspicious applications automatically in a completely isolated environment. This is particularly useful if you don't completely trust whatever you just downloaded or you visit dodgy websites because programs running within the sandbox have limited access to your files and system, so there is no risk to your computer or any of your other files.

How the Avast sandbox works

By default, if an application is started and Avast detects anything suspicious, it will automatically run the application in the Sandbox. The advantage of running an application in the Sandbox is that it allows you to check suspicious applications while remaining completely protected against any malicious actions that an infected application might try to perform.

The browser or other application will then open in a special window, indicating that it is being run inside the Sandbox. When the Sandbox is closed, it will be restored to its original state and any downloaded files or changed browser settings will be automatically deleted.

Avast Sandbox The sandbox window in Avast Premier.

The Avast Sandbox is part of all paid Avast PC products, so you can run apps, download files, and visit websites without accidentally infecting your PC.

How to run Avast sandbox

To run any .exe file in isolation from the rest of your PC, just right-click the file, and select “Run in Sandbox”. Or, you can open your Avast, go to Tools and select Sandbox from the menu.

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