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Whats Better to run? Sandboxie or VM or Parallels etc??

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    Whats Better to run? Sandboxie or VM or Parallels etc??


    Basically I want to run a web browser lets say firefox etc.. and not have anything saved or care about it etc..

    which software would be better for that?

    thanks

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    If you do not want history, that will be hard, since every router saves a history of where you visited. The ISP saves a record of what every computer connected to them does.
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    Sorry I mean I don't care if the Isp remembers history I mean I want to try out things like install programs from majorgeeks etc and then see if I like them, and then just not have to keep going back to my macrium restore before I installed whatever program..

    See what Im Saying?

    I don't care about the internet history I mean my actual data on the computer

    hopefully that's a little more clear as I realized I probably didn't give enough information before..

    Thanks
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    Use a Portable USB app setup. Plenty of regular apps that can be ran as Portable apps on a USB drive.
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    bro.. come on man.. you know exactly what I mean.. haha.

    Ofcourse I know about portable apps..

    I want to have something like Sandboxie does so I guess I should just use Sandboxie.. but I was trying to see the user experience with people here if the other programs are better since they all seem to do a slightly different thing..

    for example, Sandboxie uses space on your harddrive and just keeps a small box that you can clear out... while Parallells apparently makes an entire new windows install and uses a virtual windows inside your windows..

    I was looking to see the user experience of which of the virtual programs that let you run things in it was better for things like trying out programs I wouldn't normally try more quickly as opposed to keep on restoring an image from Macrium..

    I think Sandboxie is the answer but I wanted to get feedback on other users that have used Sandboxie and all the other Virtual Softwares out there..
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    I know what you are doing and gave you the answer. Do not know why you are making this harder on yourself than it really is.

    A lot of software that can be installed within an OS, can be ran as a USB Portable App.
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    What you are wanting to do on your MacBook is something that needs to be discussed on the Mac Forums, not a Windows forum.

    If I wanted to leave no trace of what I was doing. I would be using a USB Thumbdrive with the apps I needed, then destroy it after done with it.
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    Broe23,

    Your answer is helpful yes, and I do know some programs are portable and can be run from usb..

    Thank you for that.. If that is what my first question asked then yes ok you answered it..

    Now let's say I want to try out 3 different Office programs, (liber office, Microsoft Office, and Open Office)

    Unless I'm wrong or don't know enough, I assume I can't run those from usb..

    Also when I install each of them it will change my registry and add stuff to my local folders etc.. I only have a 250 gig Samsung evo and space is important to me so I don't want leftover from uninstalls etc building up..

    etc.. So I believe sandboxie allows me to install things and if I decide I don't like it, I just wipe out that virtual whatever-it's-called temporary space..

    I'm looking for that kind of thing so yes your answer is correct but I believe some programs require me to install to use them.. (I think) and the speed of my usb sticks I'm not impressed with.. I'd rather use my SSD..

    -Now my question is basically whose used sandboxie vs the other virtual manager programs like parallels or VMware windows... Etc..

    Anyhow, yes I think you are correct and I'll just jump into sandboxie and see how it goes compared to the other virtual windows programs only because I don't care to install windows inside of windows..

    Oh and I have a Lenovo laptop not a MacBook and I also am not scared or trying to "hide" my tracks.. This was solely to not have to uninstall things and just try them out..
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    Open Office you can forget, since it has not really been updated lately.

    Office if you go with 2016, you have to create a 365 account. Libre, has some issues with page formatting. But it is good for creating PDF's.
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    If you do not plan on using Visual Basic or .net with the office suite. Personally I would go with Google Docs.

    Anything you creat with Google's office suite, is stored on your Google Drive and does not take away from your available space. It is more recognized and easily converts to Microsoft's Office Suite.

    They call it an 80/20 rule with how the majority of users use Office. 80% of users only use 20% of the features with Microsoft Office, because they are not power users.

    Now you can still get Office 13. If your work or school is a part of the Microsoft HUP Home Use Program), you can score Office pretty cheap. I did that when I got Office 2013, but I rarely used it. Because it was mainly for my son to write papers with, which he ended up just using Google Docs.
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