Okay. I got myself Time Freeze just to check it out. So far, the only downside is that I don’t have sufficient RAM to enable Physical Memory Buffer. Can you guys help me out here and tell me if this is an outright worthwhile product that can be used in replacement of sandboxie or programs of the like, or should i just discard this? Provide reasons, please.
Time Freeze is not bad at all (tested on XPs 32bit)
It is definitely better than Comodo’s “sandbox”, which i neither sandbox nor a virtualization…
… but for sure not near as good as Sandboxie, so if you are using Sandboxie - stick with it
At the same time, you did not provide any information at all about your system (hardware & Software Environment), therefore it is not easy to give any advices
just based on a statement : “I don’t have sufficient RAM to enable Physical Memory Buffer”
Ah yes. The system specs. I did forget. Here they are:
1024 MB virtual memory
9.68 GB Primary Hard drive (where the os is installed; currently, 5.99 GB left)
AMD Sempron III
For sandboxie, is it not developed to sandbox browsers or applications launched by the browser? what about those launched by the user himself after download or maybe in a usb? Does it virtualize the system? Sandbox applications? Hm. I have been comparing the two for about more than an hour now and found WTF rather easy to manage. But I could not grasp the protection either product provides and how they compare.
Most likely your have to visit Wondershare’ forum & question should be asked there, since 224MB(?) RAM as you stated could be an issue … unless you have the question answered already.
TF was on system with 2GB of RAM
Then, that may not be related to the issue you are having, but another thing to look at - virtual memory may not be set to its optimum when having 256MB of RAM.
Bigger (than necessary) page file size may not necessarily contribute to better performance
You can find a lot googling. Say: «setting virtual memory in XP»
I would say that testing / “comparing the two for about more than an hour"
(at that moment ) probably was not enough
As for you questions re: Sandboxie, if I got them correctly – it will not virtualize the whole system, (special Software is required in order to provide entire virtualization),
but practically any Application can be run by Sandboxie inside a proper virtualized environment.
I have tested the two for half a day continuously and strenuously; I have found WTF 2.00 better than Sandboxie for its MBR protection and full system virtualization. ;D I especially liked the idea that I can save the virtualized changes, and the other options which include setting a password, automatic protection on startup, USB protection, custom folder protection and hide the system tray icon. It’s almost set and forget. Although it kind of sucks when I have made so much changes I want to keep, but because there is this one thing that I can’t, I’m gonna have to discard the rest as well. In this case, sandboxie wins. However, since this hardly ever happens, I have concluded that WTF 2.00 is better. It would be nice if they somehow added the option to choose which ones to save. that’ll make me drool all over it. Kind of like that one feature in CTM.
With regard to the virtual memory, the size I have chosen is actually the optimum. Not too much and not too small. It is because background processes are taking up quite an amount of memory and so, I have experimented on the size of the paging file starting with a meager 200 MB minimum and maximum. It was rather slow and the desktop kept complaining it was low on virtual memory. So I moved from 200 to 512. Same result after running Chromium browser with two tabs, three extensions. It went on and on until it reached 900 MB worth of paging file. The added 124 MB memory was merely for emergency purposes as from what I had read, it is good to keep a small amount just in case. I have researched on it to find the articles again. Here are the articles I’ve read, if you like:
There isn’t actually a standard, constant optimum size for paging file. Not even the rule of thumb, 1.5 multiplied by the amount of installed RAM. In my experience, it always depends on how much the user requires.
Why not try shadow defender ??
operating System: Windows 2000 /XP /2003 /Vista/Windows 7
Memory by OS: 2000: 128MB, XP: 256MB, 2003: 256MB, Vista: 512MB, Windows 7: 1GB
Hard Disk: 3 MB for program files, 10MB or more free space for each partiton in Shadow Mode
What is Shadow Defender ?
Shadow Defender is an easy-to-use security solution (for Windows operating systems) that protects your PC/laptop real environment against malicious activity and unwanted changes.
Shadow Defender can run your system in a virtual environment called ‘Shadow Mode’. ‘Shadow Mode’ redirects each system change to a virtual environment with no change to your real environment. If you experience malicious activity and/or unwanted changes, perform a reboot to restore your system back to its original state, as if nothing happened.
With Shadow Defender, you have the flexibility to specify which files and folders are permanently saved to the real environment. This ensures important files and folders are kept after a reboot.
Try Shadow Defender for the most effective and easy-to-use security solution.
Shadow Defender Features
* 1. Prevent all viruses and malware. * 2. Surf the internet safely and eliminate unwanted traces. * 3. Protect your privacy. * 4. Eliminate system downtime and maintenance costs. * 5. Reboot to restore your system back to its original state.</blockquote>
Just an idea
Got BSODs after installation. It was a promising product and I really fancy it. But that traumatic event really pushes me away from it. As for now, WTF works well and no one’s complaining. Besides, WTF has a free version and I don’t have the money right now to purchase SD even if I wanted to so I guess I’ll stick with WTF for a while.
And what about Comodo Time Machine?
Why do I always laugh when I see the word WTF? ;D
That is different Software with different approach … and as far I see it - it cannot be trusted my any means
You stole my thought & words ! You bad!
… I was was going to ask that as soon as I saw that abbreviation, but forgot ;D
Meh. Time Machine scares me. lol. Been hearing a lot about it corrupting the mbr. WTF protects MBR.
WTF. It’s only now that I realize that it has a double meaning. :o lol.
It is very stable in the beta 2.9 version. No problems in Windows 7 and XP SP3.
Maybe when it gets out of beta. If I remember correctly, the first release said that the minimum requirements included 6-10 GB of HD memory. My pc doesn’t meet that. I’ll check later if this changed. ;D
spainach_12, I’ve tested CTM in very low free space virtual machines and it works.
Of course, the more space, the more snapshots, the better.
Tempting. ;D I’ll give it a try then.
Can I borrow this for my signature?
No! - you will be notified by the moderators re: the forum policies ;D
FTW ??? I know many “official” abbreviations of that & I can come up with my own ones
Notification: Do not change the topic, please !
…anyways I’ve changed my signature correspondingly
Whatever happened to Time Freeze??? ROTFL
is wondershare time freeze still a free product?