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I took a job that requires me to browse various websites without an adblocker and also have to visit potentially dangerous websites. Since these tasks are performed on my mainrig I want to be sure I'm on the safe side. What software could you recommend?

So far I thought about

  • running Ubuntu in a VM, which is too slow for my taste
  • getting a tool like Sandboxie and set up my browser, Flash player etc. to run in said box
  • setting up a dual boot with my current Windows 8.1
  • using a second account without administrator, but I’m not sure if this is secure enough
  • You should definitely use a VM in addition to other measures. The amount of isolation provided by a VM is much greater than things like SandBoxie or Internet Security apps can offer. And as you said, using a different OS in the VM, especially one with relatively little exploits like Ubuntu, is also very good protection. Get a faster computer. – user416 Oct 16 '14 at 13:12
  • @JanDoggen thanks for your input, maybe I have to tweak some settings however I would not consider my PC for an update yet. It's a 2500K @ 4Ghz, 8GB RAM, GTX 580, ... – idkfa Oct 16 '14 at 15:17
  • @JanDoggen When running oracle VM my hosts CPU load barely exceeds 30%, and that's just the spikes. I'm stuck with 10% in the meantime. No question it runs slow... Any input? – idkfa Oct 16 '14 at 16:46
  • You're not the only one – user416 Oct 16 '14 at 17:30
  • Out of curiosity, why no ad blocker? – KnightOfNi Oct 17 '14 at 2:52
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I use Comodo Internet Security. It has a built-in sandbox which allows you to safely run applications or browse the internet. It also has shortcuts to sandboxed browsers in a Windows widget:

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You can also run a virtualization mode which is basically similar to a virtual machine but without having to install another operating system.

A faster way is to download Comodo Dragon which has a switch to virtual mode option in the application menu:

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This mode automatically relaunches the application in the sandbox

  • Thank you I will check that out! – idkfa Oct 16 '14 at 15:19
  • @idkfa No problem. If the answer helped, then you can accept it using tihe green checkmark on the left – Tymric Oct 27 '14 at 13:50
  • Sorry, I totally forgot to mark the answer. I would have marked it instantly but I think there was something about a waiting period before being able to do that. Didn't test to mark it though. – idkfa Nov 3 '14 at 22:34

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