Different Types of Browser Protection Software

Although your PC may contain a quality antivirus software, there still remains the issue of the rapid influx of new malware that is being created by the thousands by unscrupulous hackers on a daily basis. Most of them are being designed to sneak by your antivirus program and into your PC. This is why it is helpful to take precautions to install added protection to your PC like browser protection software.

There are a number of free browser protection software programs that you can use to add protection against malicious software. The programs mentioned in this article are reputable programs that are frequently used for protection.


This browser protection software is compatible with Windows 2000 as well as the later versions of Windows such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. The software gets its name "Sandboxie" because it operates like sandbox protection from the rest of the systems operations on your PC.

When you are browsing the Internet with Sandboxie installed, anything you download from the Internet is stored in Sandboxie and isolated from everything else in your PC's operating system. This prevents access to all of the files on your PC and other components of the Windows operating system while you are browsing the Internet.

When you have finished browsing, there is a feature that allows you to simply click and delete anything you have downloaded from the Internet, including any malware that has entered Sandboxie without your knowledge.


GesWall is browser protection software that isolates computer programs including your web browser, email client, char clients, PDF viewers, and file archives. This prevents damage that is incurred by malware by preventing it from being installed in the first place.

The software works like a Limited User Account and blocks keyloggers, spyware, adware, rootkits, backdoors, and confidential file disclosure, to name a few things. Additionally, anything you download from the Internet will not be able to access other components of your Windows operating system. You can also customize the program to block any applications that are untrustworthy.

GesWall works with Windows 200 and 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and soon to be released Windows 7.

PC Tools Firewall Plus

This free application works a little different from Sandboxie and GesWall. It provides firewall protection from the Internet by preventing cybercriminals from accessing your PC via the Internet or a network. It does not have some of the features that are included in GesWall and Sandboxie, but it does provide protection by monitoring different programs in your PC that connect to the Internet. It also allows you to customize the application by creating password protection for rules and settings. This application is often used in conjunction with Spyware Doctor.

Although the software recommendations here are reputable, it is important to note that you should always take the time to do your research and read the reviews before downloading any kind of free browser protection software.

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You can protect your computer from viruses without expensive software. Instead, follow these simple tips:

Stay up-to-date on all system updates.

Don't download any email attachments you weren't expecting.

Avoid freeware and peer-to-peer sharing sites.

Use alternative web browsers and email software.