Why spend all your time scanning for malware when you can keep it off your system in the first place? BufferZone provides a virtualized environment where programs and files run without having any access to your operating system.
We tested the Vista Beta 3 software, which is excellent even in this pre-release stage. It identified most of the major browsers installed on the test system including beta versions of Firefox and Opera, and the ones it missed were easy to add manually. In fact, you can add any program on the PC to BufferZone by right-clicking it and selecting the BufferZone option that appears in the context menu. For the truly security-conscious, there’s a setting that automatically runs all new executable files and scripts in BufferZone, and you can also apply protection to hardware such as CD-ROM drives and USB flash memory sticks.
Virtualized programs display a red border when running, making it easy to know when the protection is active. Files downloaded from the Internet are stored in a virtual drive, and files that already exist on the PC are prevented from interacting with any program running in virtualized mode. The icons for all files are clearly marked to show if and how they are protected, and converting a virtual file to a normal file is trivial.
Virtualized programs take a few seconds longer to start than is usual, but once they are running, lag is minimal. Browsing the Web in the virtual environment is indistinguishable from normal browsing, and you can click links on forums knowing that whatever is on the other end can’t touch your system.
The same goes for email—feel free to open any attachment, because any program you use to access it is automatically virtualized. Another nice touch is that while attachments are virtualized, the email client is not and therefore doesn’t suffer from any performance penalties.
BufferZone is simple and powerful software that offers outstanding malware protection, and it provides a lot of peace of mind for the money.