When the security software encounters an unknown or suspicious process the AutoSandbox feature offers to run that process inside a “virtual computer”. The process runs as it normally would, but it can’t make any permanent changes to the actual, physical computer. If the process turns out to be malicious, there’s no harm done.
“Virtualization has the potential to significantly increase user safety, but people have been slow to adopt this technology even when it’s a part of their antivirus package,”, said Ondrej Vlckek, AVAST’s CTO. “AutoSandbox shifts virtualization from being an IT geek specialty to an automatic, easily accessible safety feature for all avast users.”
Vlcek went on to explain that AVAST will be offering this technology to all users, including those using the free product. “With AutoSandbox virtualization,”, said Vlcek, “we’ve created a safe space between the known good and bad content which will make life safer for all avast users.”
Release of AVAST’s 6.0 product line is expected in the first quarter of 2011. PCMag will evaluate them as soon as they become available.
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