WinArmor Desktop provides new efficient and safe way to operate with
untrusted applications inside one Windows host, without virtual machines.
It is oriented to work with standard desktop applications, especially
Internet Explorer, MSN, ICQ, Outlook and Outlook Express (and other
around 50 popular communication programs), with ability to configure
any other applications you may need. With the help of WinArmor Desktop
you are able to make your Internet surfing safe and comfortable, and
your mistake will not cause system damage.
Designed especially for both regular usage, WinArmor Desktop provides
way to make system files private for a certain application. For example, using
WinArmor your Internet Explorer will have private copy of windows files and registry,
so "dangerous" sites will not be able to install different trojans, worms, and
other unexpectable software into the system. For this "viralware", the attempt will
seem to be successful; but in fact all system files will be left unchanged.
So in our example, when you find such tool or installation, it is downloaded
and started inside Internet Explorer safe. But in any case, all changes will be
made in the private copy of registry and system files; and this software will live only in this
limited sandbox. So if you find later this is not a good application, you just click
"renew sandbox" button and the clean registry and clean system files will be used
for the next start of Internet Explorer, without any post-effects.
In brief, it is similar to having separate computer for every copy of such application,
but have common files, common clipboard, pipes, and much more. WinArmor
combines isolation and safety for every application instance and common
usage of your PC with multiple applications at once.
In two next illustrations you can find the difference between your system
configurations without WinArmor and with WinArmor on example applications
IE and MSN:
As you can see, in case WinArmor works, your armored applications are
isolated from system by a specific layer at kernel mode, so no any usual
application may walk around (this is point why WinArmor does not prevent
from running rootkits: it works at the same level too. Fortunately, WinArmor is able
to imitate installations for rootkits, when they are not activated).
At the next illustration you can see how WinArmor prevents such "viralware"
from gripping your system:
As you can see, WinArmor does not detect trojans or viruses or
spyware, etc against known database; it is just protecting your files and
isolates possibly dangerous applications in their sandboxes. Surely you
can find disadvantages of WinArmor: if such application like ICQ is not
routed to WinArmor sandbox,
it may not be stopped by WinArmor and it has more chances to corrupt
your system. So we suggest using WinArmor wide, for all programs working
with Internet, except Windows Update (as you know, Windows Update needs
access to your original system files to update).
At the following illustration you can see how WinArmor removes "viralware" by
Fortunately, in most cases "curing" trojans and spies from registry
and private folders will be enough. Hopefully, this operation is
easy and can be applied automatically even at every IE/MSN/whatever startup,
if you wish (or manually, if you prefer).
Unlike other solutions, WinArmor Desktop has many other appliances;
for example if you have many users at your host computer but one application
is being used with certain files and configurations into common place, you can
solve this easily. With the help of WinArmor Desktop, you will be able to route
this; and every user will have his/her own configuration. With WinArmor
approach you won't need two versions of one application installed or two
copies of Windows.
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