Major Sandboxie News: Sandboxie is now a free tool with plans to transition it to an open source tool

Sophos is excited to announce that we are making Sandboxie a free tool, with plans to transition it to an open source tool.

This new evolution of Sandboxie is one we are enthusiastic about, but that does not mean this was an easy decision to make.  Sandboxie has never been a significant component of Sophos’ business, and we have been exploring options for its future for a while. 

Frankly, the easiest and least costly decision for Sophos would have been to simply end of life Sandboxie. However, we love the technology too much to see it fade away.  More importantly, we love the Sandboxie community too much to do that. The Sandboxie user base represents some of the most passionate, forward thinking, and knowledgeable members of the security community and we didn’t want to let you down.

After thoughtful consideration we decided that the best way to keep Sandboxie going was to give it back to its users – transitioning it to an open source tool.  We will release more information about the open source project as we continue to work on the details.

Until the open source transition is completed we have decided to make Sandboxie completely free.  We have included a FAQ below with more information. We will continue to update this post as additional details become available. 

 

Sandboxie FAQ

 

How do I get a free license?  What features are included?

Sandboxie currently uses a license key to activate and grant access to premium features only available to paid customers (as opposed to those using a free version).  We have modified the code and have released an updated free version that does not restrict any features.  In other words, the new free license will have access to all the features previously only available to paid customers.

 

What if I have time left on my current Sandboxie license?

Regardless of how much time might be left on your existing Sandboxie license, in order to receive the latest updates customers with currently valid license keys will also need to install the latest unrestricted free version .  This will ensure you have access to all Sandboxie features and are using the most up-to-date version of the product.

 

What if I currently do not have a Sandboxie license?

Simply download the unrestricted, free version. No current or previous license is required.

 

When will Sandboxie be released as open source?

We are investigating making Sandboxie open source, however we are still working through the details and timeline. We will update this FAQ when we know more.

 

What license agreement will apply to my existing, paid licenses?  Will the same agreement apply to the unrestricted, free version that will be made available?

The license agreement under which you originally obtained the paid licenses to Sandboxie will continue to apply to those paid licenses until the expiration of the applicable license term.   A new license agreement will apply to licenses of the new unrestricted, free version of Sandboxie made available for download. 

An update EULA can be found here: https://www.sandboxie.com/EndUserLicenseAgreement

 

Will customer support still be available?

As part of our transition to a free and potentially open source product, Sandboxie support will become community based.  The community will include developers directly involved with Sandboxie.

  • In reply to bj m:

    bj m

    and the EULA that You agreed to, at the time.... is the Agreement that stands between the Author and You.... until if/when You agree to the current EULA between the Author and You. 

     

     
    Like i said, the legal value of any clause like that is the same as yours.
     
  • In reply to carl COBAIN:

    Okay, and the EULA that I greed to, at the time.... is the Agreement that stands between the Author and Me.... until if/when I agree to the current EULA between the Author and Me. 

    Um, what's your end game?
    Um, what's your objective? 

    Um, how will you know when you've achieved your end game objectives? 

  • In reply to bj m:

    bj m

    Okay, and the EULA that I greed to, at the time.... is the Agreement that stands between the Author and Me.... until if/when I agree to the current EULA between the Author and Me. 

    Um, what's your end game?
    Um, what's your objective? 

    Um, how will you know when you've achieved your end game objectives? 

     

     
    Paste what you are talking about in EULA, to begin with, KID.
    lol
    My brother is a lawyer, he is laughing about you now.
    People without legal knowledge should not manifest opinion on technical discussions like you did.
    Where did you study the law? On netflix? rofl.
     
    It is easier to explain to a dog what is a null clause than to you. (A NULL CLAUSE YOU DID NOT EVEN FIND TO POST HERE, ASSUMING IT EXISTS LOL).
    How can someone argue a clause he did not even posted here? LOOOOL
    My "end game"? Posting about a company that is disrespecting the users rights in their forum.
     
    And YOUR end game?
    As a consumer, to fight to dispose of rights you do have with nonsense arguments??
    Or a damage control as a sophos employee responsible for this mess and bad project management?
     
    Just wait my video about sophos. I printed all, and i hope someone higher check your ip after the noisa ima make.
    Your whining is just making things worst.
     
    I will dedicate a lot of time to state how sophos managed to ruin one of the best softwares windows had.
    And how that bad management of the company affects OTHER SECURITY SOFTWARES they own.
    Then i will cite dozens of examples of sophos fails, specially in how to deal with those fails, like telling people to downgrade windows security patches.
     
    I make my part for a better world.
    If you want me to believe you are someone stupid enough to fight against your own rights with those crap dreaming arguments...
    Well, not me.
     
    I really want the name of the person responsible for ruining sandboxie with his incompetence and bad management.
    And the other one that analyzed they could end their work in middle of contractual period not losing money.
     
    Just want this person to go to a job he deserves, like cutting grass on gardens, singing a democrat anthem.
     
    Let me tell you what will happen with 500k subscribers. Ima get more views than subscribers over time.
    When you paste SOPHOS in google, the video result showing first will be my video.
     
    I am done here.
    You and your "gamer gurlz" collored hair inclusive team keep your damage control.
     
    If you failed that bad in your job, imagine in the damage control.
    You just made things worst, ima dedicate some weeks to prepare a great material about you.
     
     
  • In reply to carl COBAIN:

    Okay, so maybe you have not re-read nor understand the EULA that you agreed to, at the time.   

    Okay, I won't be cheering your position.

    Okay, I'm happy with Sandboxie.  

    Just me.

    Good luck with your end game objectives, what ever they are.  

    Regards w Respect

  • In reply to bj m:

    bj m

    Okay, so maybe you have not re-read nor understand the EULA that you agreed to, at the time.   

    Okay, I won't be cheering your position.

    Okay, I'm happy with Sandboxie.  

    Just me.

    Good luck with your end game objectives, what ever they are.  

    Regards w Respect

     

     
    Only way to discuss with a leftist is with a gun. He keeps repeating his nonsense about "agree to eula" or "endgame".
    What i did notice is you are same person with more accounts, for the way you type.
     
    Lets end this here with one phrase:
    No part can, no matter what, terminate a monetary periodic PRE PAID contract single sided with no penalties.
     
    Does not matter what their EULA states.
    If you enter a law school, and not netflix, you will learn that in the first 6 months.
     
    Bye. And do not comment that crap anymore.
     
  • In reply to carl COBAIN:

    Okay, so "No part can, no matter what, terminate a monetary periodic contract single sided with no penalties". 

    So, you want penalties?   

  • In reply to carl COBAIN:

    You talk a lot, and I mean a LOT, but you don't really say anything. So you bought a lifetime license. Well, the life of Sandboxie is now over, and so is your license. However, you can still use the software. For the rest of your life, if you so choose. Just don't update anything on your machine. Sandboxie will work like it always has. Sophos is not preventing you from using it. And if you are complaining about the lack of support, read the EULA you agreed to. There is no guarantee of support of any kind.

    Otherwise, why don't you get with your attorney and see if they can sue to get your $29 back. Until then, please STFU. Dealing with Sophos nonsense is bad enough. You are just making it worse.

  • In reply to Bite Me1:

    Bite Me1

    Otherwise, why don't you get with your attorney and see if they can sue to get your $29 back. Until then, please STFU. Dealing with Sophos nonsense is bad enough. You are just making it worse.

    Thank you, you saved me from trying to search the exact amount I paid which I even doubt I still have somewhere from so long ago (although it might be a little lower because I purchased it in the 1st years and if I remember correctly it got some increases the following years)

     

    @

    I have a question, it's a little irrelative with the subject so I apologize but it might give me some answers on why sandboxie is not profitable (and perhaps others are interested of it as well). Was there some type of lifetime license that allowed the owner to resell it as someone here implied?

  • In reply to Pedro López:

    I’ll insert my comment here, as it seems as good a place as any.  Is there any other product like Sandboxie out there?  What would Sophos have to charge to make SB a viable, profitable product?  It seems to provide protection not found anywhere else.

    Thoughts?

  • In reply to Scott Cox:

    Scott Cox
     Is there any other product like Sandboxie out there? 

    Thoughts?

     
    other product like Sandboxie ? = No
     
  • In reply to Scott Cox:

    Scott Cox

    What would Sophos have to charge to make SB a viable, profitable product?  It seems to provide protection not found anywhere else.

    Thoughts?

     

    Apparently more than what people would be willing or possibly capable of paying.

    While it indeed provides protection not found anywhere else its not a tool that can be easily used by ordinary users. Its a tool for experts.

    I think the user base is just not large enough for a < 50$ tool to be profitable and at the same time > 500$ probably most people would be reluctant to pay.

     

    I don't think that the sandboxie concept is mass compatible at least not without massive rework which is expensive.

    On the other hand with a massive rework that makes it n00b compatible it would become much more automatized and would superficially not differentiate itself that much from other offerings which are much simple and just do "sandboxing" by using a separate user account.

     

    For me and I think for many others the appeal of sandbox is its FileSystem and Registry virtualization. But there are simpler ways to achieve a similar level of security by using a VM or just a separated user account. The greatness of sandboxie lyes in the transparent virtualization that allows one to test out things with installed applications or test out new applications without the need to alter the actual system.

    So one can install an update to a program into a sandbox and check out if one likes it.

    Or one can use sandboxie to audit what changes a particular installer is doing to the system before letting it mes with the real system.

    And much more...

    All great things to do, but only experts do them.

     

    The average Jo just wants some protection and just that can be achieved much simpler. Using techniques which are not so prone to failure whenever MSFT changes something internally.

     

     

    I think making sandboxie opensource in this day and age is the right way to go to ensure it will continue to be maintained.

  • In reply to bj m:

    >Have you tried https://www.shadesandbox.com/

    >Have you tried https://www.shadowdefender.com/

    Are these still being developed?

    I use Shadow Defender (mainly when Sandboxie refuses to run an installer), but the author did not respond to an email. Nevertheless, it's good IMO but requires a reboot after each use to get back to a 'normal' environment. Contrast that with Sandboxie where it is easy to 'throw away' a sandbox and start over without needing to reboot.

    I tried but didn't like Shades.

    The is also the Microsoft Windows 10 Sandbox, but I find it a PITA and too limited by comparison. It may be more secure though.

  • In reply to Argos A:

    @Argos A  I can't get into the financials around Sandboxie.  However, I can say that the idea of reselling lifetime licenses that you refer to is not something that I ever heard discussed internally. 

  • In reply to Seth Geftic:

    Will you ever tell us what actually happened to the other forum? In the previous updates you said the problems were not only technical. Now that you're going to make Sandboxie open source I don't see what reasons would you have to keep certain things private. Are there other parties involved?

    Also, I'm still curious to know why you made this forum private, requiring users to log in even just to read it.