Shadow Defender kicks @ss

Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by Saraceno, Sep 13, 2009.

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  1. Saraceno

    Saraceno Registered Member

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  2. pidbo

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    Yes I agree with you Saraceno, Shadow Defender is a great program and all credit to Tony, I use it when running in Shadow Mode with Sandboxie. When downloading anything to the pc, Sandboxie runs as normal within shadow mode session;files can also be virus checked etc, and if I decide to keep those particular files after a re-boot it's simply a right click on the files in Windows Explorer and "commit".
    I think someone mentioned (I read somewhere on Wilders) that a newer version of Shadow Defender had been released under a different name, do you know if there is any truth in that?
     
  3. Saraceno

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    Not too sure on that one.

    But I agree with you, I run a scan with prevx and hitman pro, if all is cool, then it gets committed (or the installation file does and I install the program when shadow defender is off). :)

    We all seek the best and easiest setup, but this program doesn't get nearly enough credit as it deserves. The reason there aren't pages of it on this forum, complaints or questions, is because it's easy to use and it simply works! ;)
     
  4. trjam

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    there are and were other Shadow programs but only one ShadowDefender. Tony created it and continues to make it better.

    ps. ya know it is one of the best like MSE;)
     
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  5. SafetyFirst

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    I like Shadow Defender. The only thing I miss is some kind of secure deletion (wiping/erasing/overwriting) of SD's temp files or wherever it stores data (similar to Sandboxie's feature to use Eraser or SDelete to wipe session traces).
     
  6. Saraceno

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    Interesting.

    I guess it would depend on the amount of data, for example, if you let it run for a number of days, that would be a lot of data to wipe - and I assume would take several minutes or longer to wipe. But still, food for thought as they say! And the Big T (Tony), might work something out. :D
     
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    It would be good to have a feature where you could set SD up to securely erase (and not simply delete) all traces on system shutdown.

    Is there a support forum for Shadow Defender users?
     
  8. Saraceno

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    No support forum, as Tony is a one-man team.

    Send him an email with your suggestions, let us know what he says. He does welcome feedback.
     
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    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=252613

    diskopt.sys would be your man.

    Wonder if relocating the diskopt.sys file to a ram drive and on reboot dumping everything would work/be quicker (a secure delete wipe might takes ages, as suggested). Not sure how that would go when you next boot up - I wonder what, if any, files within diskopt.sys are needed to complete the pre-shadow-mode state.
     
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  11. Peter2150

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    I believe diskopt.sys has to be on the volume being shadowed. If you shadow c: and d: you will find one on each.

    Pete
     
  12. rolarocka

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    Is Shadow Defender compatible with Win7? Anyone tried?
     
  13. Sully

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    I would absolutely love to see SD have exceptions for registry the same as files, and commit too. It is the only thing weak about SD. Yes, you can commit your files, but if you make changes to configurations or some things need to store in registry, there is no way to commit or exclude those. The Achilles Heel of an otherwise industrial strength tool.

    I use it 24/7 now.

    Sul.
     
  14. Keyboard_Commando

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    Shadow Defender has been working on Win 7 for 3 weeks so far. With Prevx, Sandboxie, and excluded Shadow Defender from DEP protection.

    I haven't really put it through the mixer yet, so I don't know if there are any problems lurking. It's worth checking to make sure your backup option(s) work ok with SD, defrag too (not defragging in shadow mode).
     
  15. Montecristo

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    ShadowDefender has been rock solid for me for 2 years running. It works great in conjunction with Sandboxie. :thumb:
     
  16. Creer

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    Hi,

    no problems here on Windows 7 RC 7100.
     
  17. Dregg Heda

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    Hi K_C,

    Why would one need to exclude Shadow Defender from DEP? And is this software DEP, hardware DEP or both? What other programs would require exclusion from DEP? Thanks.
     
  18. rolarocka

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    Ok thank you. For those running Win7 and SD together, any problems with restoring images?
    Im always a bit afraid of using this kind of software like SD is when its not officially supported.
    Thx again.
     
  19. mike21

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    I agree it is an excellent program, which I haven't bought yet because I feel settled with SB & MD & FD-ISR. However I always install a trial version when I change snapshot. In my hierarchy it comes 4th after the aforementioned and it is one man show also. Impressive.
     
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    Just habit. I usually turn DEP off (when I can remember) for Defraggers, Imaging backups, etc. The only programs that I have had problems with DEP (on XP) compatibility are; Smart Defrag, Drive Image XML, CyberGhost VPN. From what I can gather DEP only flags with poorly coded apps and of course malicious one's executing from protected areas. Stuff like defraggers and image restorers, etc, might generate pretty random acts that might flag DEP, is my way of looking at it, so I always exclude them - especially my backup options as I don't want them screwed when I need them most.

    I have excluded Shadow Defender from DEP protection because I don't know the situation with it and Win 7 compatibility - it's hard to find out much about Shadow Defender (unless you email the maker) there is no forum and so on.

    Rolarocka

    I haven't used an image restorer via Win 7, but yesterday I restored an XP image on an XP/Win 7 dual boot. I was a little bit worried if Shadow Defender would maybe interfere with the process ... but it all went well.
     
  21. 1boss1

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    Ok i'm convinced, i am looking for a light virtualization type app to replace Sandboxie and this looks like it will fit the bill.

    With all the positive comments, i'll download and take it for a spin. :)
     
  22. deanmartin

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    For some reason, I think you will like it. ;)
     
  23. Woody777

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    Does Shadow Defender allow defragmentation or is it a no no?
     
  24. Peter2150

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    It sure does. But common sense would say don't defrag when the drives are shadowed.

    Pete
     
  25. Osaban

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    Light virtualization says it all: simple, universal, easy to use, basically with a good two ways firewall, a bit of common sense that's all one needs to have a good security and a super fast computer.

    Hopefully Tony will manage to code a x64 version soon enough.
     
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