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For basic browsing, and simple application installing, is Sandboxie enough?
Are there times where a VM would offer better security?

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It is just guessing but I would say it depends on the balance of whichever of the applications is more popular and more stable(fewer vulnerabilities).

Afaik malware writers generally write exploits for software that is:

  • popular
  • has vulnerability

So if you pick a not so well known virtualization software that is very stable, you have less chances of catching malware.

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nice answer. you brought up a point i hadn't considered. – DaveParillo Sep 24 '10 at 21:52
actually for even better security one could run sandboxie inside the vm, but this is for true fans of bdsm :) – Mikka Sep 25 '10 at 3:04

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