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BufferZone Security Pro Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — BufferZone Security Pro

BufferZone Security Pro lets you download files from any website, run any program, and open any email attachment with complete safety.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 481 (85%) 82 (15%) 166 comments

BufferZone Security Pro was available as a giveaway on August 24, 2007!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$14.95
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App Launcher & Switcher for Windows

BufferZone Security Pro lets you download files from any website, run any program, and open any email attachment with complete safety. BufferZone's virtualization technology creates an isolated zone on your PC, which separates your operating system and confidential data from unknown programs, downloads and files.

Unlike anti-virus and anti-spyware software, BufferZone requires no signature updates at all, while protecting your PC against spyware, viruses and adware -even new and yet unknown ones. Moreover, your sensitive data is immune from theft or damage.

BufferZone ''automagically'' protects you against vulnerabilities from all sources, such as external media, P2P, instant messaging, Web browsing, email, or network shares.

System Requirements:

Windows XP with Service Pack 2; Pentium 3 or higher, 400Mhz; 20 MB hard drive space; 128 MB RAM

Publisher:

TRUSTWARE

Homepage:

http://www.trustware.com/virtualization/bufferzone_pro.html

File Size:

7.72 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#166

This app stopped MS IE and FireFox from running. At least I think this was the problem since after I uninstalled it I am now able to run Firefox and IE. Scared the #$!* out of me as I thought I needed to reinstall xp or had some virus. Maybe I just don't know how to run the app correctly but in my opinion it should have not stopped my browsers from running.

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#165

I know this comment is like a week late, but i've been away for a while. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS PROGRAM! It put critical system files in the virtual protection or whatever, so i tried to release them. it messed everything up, i couldn't even log on. i'd get to the login screen, and there would be no users to click on! long story short i had to use the windows recovery program on the XP disk to recover my computer. No bueno

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#164

Caused me some serious problems. Lost the lot. Did my dough! Got shafted! Had a gutful! Had to start all over again. Damn it! This program caused me to lose about 12 months of work, like downloads etc. Here we go again.

Reply   |   Comment by AvgJoe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#163

It causes a blue screen error with reference to redlight.sys

Reply   |   Comment by Omar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#162

This is probably a good protective tool on a very basic PC such as you might set up for your kids or your parents where there is not a lot of applications or complicated configuration, but is useless for a typical development workstation where you've got lots of network drives and are using specialized tools and drivers- the package seems to be incompatible with a lot of things and caused unexplained crashes and inability to mount network drives while it was loaded.. Ie, it made the machine safer, but seemed to accomplish that goal by making the machine unusable and crash prone.. I have removed it from my system, and stability has returned..

There are other "sandbox" packages out there that I'm going to look into because it's a very good concept, but BufferZone is simply not yet ready for prime time..

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#161

This program worked great on one of my computers and crashed the other one. I want to recommend the program to a friend. Can someone tell me how to set up the program on a computer with multiple users so that it works for everyone? The computer it crashed had mcafee and several GOTD programs on it. I don't know what it was conflicting with. The computer it works well on also has a few GOTD programs on it. Love the program on the computer that works.!

Reply   |   Comment by penny  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#160

After restarting the computer BSOD!
Deactivated!!!
This program is kind of malware.

Reply   |   Comment by Torben  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#159

#156, I had the exact same thing happen to me. I got the same message and got stuck in a loop trying to reboot. The loop is actually a windows stop error that's causing the machine to reboot. Boot from last known good configuration and uninstall the program and you should be fine.

Reply   |   Comment by usmaak  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#158

After installing, I got a start error whenever trying to start my system. The only way to get back to a working state was to start from last known good configuration and uninstall the program. I tried installing this twice, and had the same results both times. So I can't say whether it's a good program or not, because I couldn't run my system with it installed.

Reply   |   Comment by usmaak  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#157

This software brought my system to it's knees. Startup and shutdown took over 5 minutes! Performance was horrible and the uninstall was a nightmare.

FYI - WinXP SP2 w/all updates AMD 2800+ 1 MB RAM 300 GB HD

Reply   |   Comment by Joel Graebe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#156

I must have some conflicting software or something because Buffer Zone prevented me from using Firefox on reboot and the only way to overcome the problem was to uninstall Buffer Zone.
Great program but not for me this time.

Reply   |   Comment by beachbabyau  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#155

To #77,88,90, 125:I downladed and installed. Get a message that there was a conflict with another program. Still installed it.
After that Windows XP prof is not able to sart up coorectly. It tries to start up and then crashed and start ups again, in a loop....
So now I have the sunday to see what I can do to fix my PC and uninstall BZ.

Reply   |   Comment by MrBean  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#154

Hi,

would be a nice program, however,

"run as" after right mouse click in Win XP SP2 on a program file does not work - Windows says that I have not the rights to run this program file after entering the coreect username and password...

Does anybody know help?

After unloading BufferZone Pro, "run as" works fine again...

Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#153

for anyone not getting their code through, you should check your junk mail, because mine went through to my junk mail folder. i only have moderate filtering too.

Reply   |   Comment by sam  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#152

Since GOTD won't post them, my comments are on BladedThoth's forum.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#151

Well I really wanted this program, signed up with two different email addresses and never recieved the code. Oh well, Thanks anyway GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Jean  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#150

Update: on the Gmail issue (see #126), the connection problems start after a couple of minutes. Out of curiosity I started another Gmail session simultaneously on the same computer -no problem. So something in BufferZone is causing this.

About what I said on fooling BufferZone previously (see #127), it doesn't happen all the time, so I'm having a few question marks here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#149

how do u install this .msi file? I feel so stupid

Reply   |   Comment by james  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#148

i installed it but then uninstalled it. it makes the system unstable.

Reply   |   Comment by mark  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#147

Run fine at first, but totally borked both IE and Firefox after I logged off Windows XP SP2 in the middle of having both Firefox, IE, and another installation program open. Disabling made the browsers usable again, but reinstalling Bufferzone did not help. It is obvious there are a lot of compatibility/conflict problems with this program- your mileage may vary... In my case my mileage was ZERO. Uninstalled for the 2nd time and wrote this comment.

Reply   |   Comment by nanikore  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#146

What's this done to my PC? I installed BZ, and now I can't resize My Firefox window, it stays full size. When I try to move the window with the cursor, it bounces back to the original position when I let go of it and as I move the window around my desktop, my whole screen flashes, badly.

That's all I can see for the moment, could be more trouble. If this is a permanent problem after installing BZ, forget it, it's not worth installing for me as the problems outweigh the benefits OMO. I simply cannot work with this thing installed.

Bummer. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Kenny  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#145

This software seems to confused my system and i cant load my IE at all as my norton message reader cant read the programme the IE with red frame starts to popping out everywhere and i had no choice but to uninstall it after a force reboot....

Reply   |   Comment by randy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#144

will not work with PCTools Firewall Plus, Unlocker, and the previously offered Prevx 2.0.

Reply   |   Comment by Ara Hanto  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#143

HELPPLEASE? HELPPLEASE! HELPPLEASE?

First- GGOTD & GGOTD I LOVE YOU!

My having ths much trouble is VERY rare.

I really need this program...
Got the key instantly....have been trying since 9pm to install.

Got these error msgs:

1st- when I tried to extract it:

File Error
This archive requires a newer version of the ExplorerPlus
Zip library than the version in use

I don't have ExplorerPlus, never have, never heard of it. Googled it, downloaded a trial version.

When I tried to install it, got this:

ExplorerPlus Error
The system date is not properly set. Please set the system date
to the correct date.

My date & time are internet synched, even opened it up to double-check.

SO-- I still can't unzip/extract it to install BufferZone, and have less than an hour to install it.

Reply   |   Comment by HerCathyness  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#142

Its Good. But People with security softwares like Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky etc. will face a problem because this program does not allow combined working of .exe programs. So your firewall will be disabled, drivers wont be accessible and many other problems.

Reply   |   Comment by CSDheeraj  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#141

IF YOU USE GMAIL YOZU CAN GET THE LICENSE KEY

Reply   |   Comment by mimrah  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#140

Your "free" downloads are mostly a joke!! Almost none of them are vista compatable. Totally f**ked up!! I'll go buy my own and won't recomend your site to anyone.

Reply   |   Comment by D Simmons  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#139

Regarding the comment made by #27 about the red line around Firefox: There is an option to get rid of this in the Display settings in the Configuration panel.

Reply   |   Comment by Nightshadow  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#138

Received the Serial Numbers in five minutes, but the program can't be installed. A pop-up keeps appearing saying "Installation ended prematurely because of an error." No error is specified nor whether does it come from the program or my PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Roseate  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#137

Went to the designated site page and entered the required info and I haven't received an email with the registration/license key.

Reply   |   Comment by cw  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#136

It didn't install properly the first time. The second time it did without having to download again. I can't test it now because it said I had System Safety Monitor which is incompatible.

Reply   |   Comment by William  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#135

Looks like I am going to miss out on this one - download BufferZone tried to contact the website given - but either its closed down - or something has gone wrong with the display of where to go - only I am unable to get through - has anyone else experienced this problem - I read that some have not yet received the "registration code" so I assume you have got through to the website - but did you have problems getting there

Reply   |   Comment by JacquiM  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#134

It crashes firefox and opera.

Reply   |   Comment by prober  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#133

#73 - thank you for the information on running programs on Vista(*&^% Vista). Learn something new everyday

#83 - try what #73 mentions about running on the compatibility mode

Too many conflicting arguments on this one. I guess I'll go and play in the sandbox

Reply   |   Comment by milton mariani  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#132

BZ has a extremly limited list of supported OS. I'm out.

Reply   |   Comment by gorgonzola  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#131

My apologies for not commenting on the software in the previous post...I got too wrapped up in responding to other posts, so I forgot.

THANKS, GAOTD, for offering this software. I was not familiar with this "sandbox" approach, and now you have introduced yet another type of program that I "can't live without." Keep it up!

Reply   |   Comment by FF User  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#130

#86 and #59

The suggestions of other software titles in these comments is VERY helpful and HIGHLY valuable. OF COURSE, we want to hear about similar programs so we can compare feature sets. And there IS a difference between a freeware program and a GAOTD program: the freeware can be reinstalled later in case of a crash or upgrade, or used on a computer that you didn't have access to on the day of the giveaway. In fact, the alternate software suggestions are one of the BEST features of this comments section. Further, the software companies get comparison points straight from the users, which I would think makes their free offer worthwhile to them.

Just my two cents.

Reply   |   Comment by FF User  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#129

Following up on #32 and #41.

Verdict: Not a keeper on my system. I finally got it uninstalled. Here is my reasoning:

Running WinXP SP2 Home Edition on Intel P4 2 GHz, and 2Ghz 768Meg Ram, browser Firefox 5.0.1.8.1.6 Running Windows firewall and AVG.

Dowloaded fine. I didn't feel good about having to fill in a web form to be able to get a key. Used a disposable email address so I don't get spam if Bufferzone decides to sell my address to someone later.
I had to process the form twice. The first time the browser hung when I completed the form. The second time it went okay. Key was emailed straight away within 2 minutes.

I installed it, rebooted and everything fine... for 30 seconds. Then the dramas began. My system began maxing out the CPU over and over. Watching my process list in Task Manager showed that it was firefox that was taking up all the CPU. Running firefox in safe mode with BZ on caused same cycling effect. With BZ off the cycling stopped.

Unloading the process created an error saying that shutting down msmsgrs.exe would cause loss of data. I continued and terminated bufferzone. Computer crashed.

On restart, windows application prevention service(Which I didn't even know existed) kept a file from executing. Apparently this service blocks some virus and trojan activity. It is possible that I have a backdoor or trojan that executes only through BZ. The cycling of CPU was apparent in the Task Manager Process list through Firefox process. My page file usage was steady. So something was communicating outwards from my system through firefox.

Because I couldn't use the task bar menu to Unload Bufferzone, I went into Start>Programs>BufferZone>Uninstall. That succeeded in uninstalling the program. Upon reboot, the program and the system has gone back to apparently normal. No CPU spikes at all.

On a side note: Upon installation of Bufferzone, Keylogger Killer identified three possible keylogging programs. I am going from memory now, but the names were like these: One was 'MADCHOOK.dll', another was 'BZDRAGNDROP.dll' and the other was 'BZhook.dll'. Just because Keylogger Killer identifies these as potential keyloggers doesn't mean that they are.

All in all, the program didn't work for me. It seems others have had good success with it, so I am leaning toward the idea that I have a system issue that is conflicting with the program working well for me.
A thumbs down for me.

Cheers!

SmoothPower

Reply   |   Comment by SmoothPower  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#128

Glad there are other reviews since there is no 15 minute review today.

Reply   |   Comment by rkstaggers  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#127

This seems like a good program to use if you are a frequent free internet porn surfer. :D Alot of those sites are in less regulated countries and I've heard they sometimes try to run malicious programs. So I've heard, anyways. :D Anyone else have an opinion on this?

Reply   |   Comment by rohan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#126

Me again. Another word of caution: I just noticed that BufferZone can easily be fooled. Even with my default browser (IE6) configured to work in the bufferzone, when I doubleclick a shortcut in any explorer window that points to a URL, IE starts without the red border and I can save files to the C: drive outside the Virtual folder. That means no protection. The red border only seems to be appearing when I doubleclick the Iexplore.exe or a shortcut to it.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#125

I've read all the comments and the reviews as well. I decided to try it for installing new software in a sandbox environment. Please note that this *only* happens if you download and run that file from the protected mode. If you've downloaded something somewhere before that's out of the sandbox, then you can't install it in the sandbox. Initially only the well-known browsers and IM clients and a few others are configured to run inside the sandbox. Or perhaps I misunderstood?

Also I just wanted to note my observation that if I start gmail from the bufferzone, it tends to drop the connection (Quick contacts shows "we're experiencing difficulties..."). Manually trying to reconnect failed every time. When I start it out of the bufferzone, there's no connection problem of course...

All in all I think it can be a useful addition to the security I already have, but I don't intend on running it all the time. I did not experience any of the trouble previous posters have reported. Got the email in a minute (gmail). No blue screens, no reboots, no performance hits, it's almost like it's not there.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#124

I'm Not one to moan. but this program caused a system crash for me. I have just spent the last 7+ hours reformatting my computer, installed all my backups (Thanks to Acronis true image!) Have finally got things running normally again. Apart from all my previous GOATD downloads, I've lost them!!. To say i'm annoyed is an understatement. I Have faith in GOATD and am a regular downloader from them. But from now on I will be very wary of apps that mess with my hard drive. I Recommend that everyone download this program with caution please.

Reply   |   Comment by BigDaddy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#123

Well I tried Returnil and Bufferzone but neither worked on my system. Causing system instability and clashes with other programs in both cases.

Thanks for the opportunity to try them GOTD.

Sandboxie does work for my setup so thanks to all those "retards" that suggested it.

#86 might like to think a little straighter before insulting others who might have the technical savvy to know that because it works on your system doesn't mean it works on everybody else's.

One of the big advantages of GOTD is an opportunity to try. Another is to read other peoples comments and suggestions. Keep up the good work.

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#122

hey, this is a great probram but is not supported by vista so i cant use it and gaotd still hasnt put out a defense or security program capable for vista. love ur web site GOATD but u need to get on the ball.

Reply   |   Comment by cartuner22  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#121

#86-ThinkStraight (an ironic name if ever there was one): The reason software is free for one day here is so people can try it out and hopefully give some useful, intelligent feedback to the developers. This way, they can see whether people would be willing to pay the asking price (which isn't FREE!). It's also useful to them, and to everyone who uses this site, to know what and where the competition is, free or otherwise. All your shameless brown-nosing won't change that one bit.
Read up on what this site is about before you try taking someone down.

And you misspelled the word "leech".

Reply   |   Comment by padiddle  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#120

The Softpedia review says:

"Truly amazing application and the innovative protection will guarantee the security of your computer."

http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/BufferZone-Security-Pro-Review-45163.shtml

Better grab it before the clock runs out.

Reply   |   Comment by tobor  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#119

For those who are running Returnil, Prevx, Comodo, install it with great caution. My 1st Bufferzone installation didn't proceed completely when those were running in the background and many system services weren't responsive (such that I had to hard RESET my XP). My 2nd Bufferzone installation (with those apps shutdown) proceeded completely but after restarting my XP on instruction, B.S.O.D appeared. Had to enter Safe Mode to uninstall it and everything's back to normal. So I'm here giving my feedback. Told Trustware too. Hope it works next time.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#118

You can turn off the annoying red border in the "configuration" section of the BufferZone control panel. Just unclick "Draw a red border around BufferZone programs." But make sure you save your change afterwards, or it won't take effect. And you'll have to reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by DrGoldin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#117

I'm sick & tired of screwing with this sorry damn program. It will not activate. Where is the software developer????????

The link will not work unless it wants me to disable my firewall.. yeah..right. It will not even un-install from my hard drive....

Take this POS and everything else this developer has to offer.

Ken

Reply   |   Comment by kcs3295  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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