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what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« on: February 24, 2011, 03:55:28 PM »
... just found, a "## aswSnx private storage" folder, containing a SafeZone folder, saved on one of my USB keys...no files inside and that's normal but why use a USK key at all? any comment? thanks.
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 07:38:19 PM »
I see it as well. In fact it is holding the drive and preventing me from removing it...

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Possibly related to decisions on files executed from the drive? (the only things so far that have generated an alert)
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011, 09:29:03 PM »
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Possibly related to decisions on files executed from the drive?

yeah, this would have been the only good reason. But the thing is that I can tell for sure that the safezone browser is very unlikely to use any file located there (on that USB key).

ps: this said, as I've temporarily removed Avast today, I can already tell you that it's no problem to remove the folder after that. Another thing, unrelated here, after another uninstall (of the RC) yesterday, I couldn't remove one sandbox folder, on drive C:, immediately. Had to take ownership of it first. Wasn't necessary on the other drives.
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 05:11:24 PM »
Still can't remove a flash drive on this vista system without a reboot...not good.
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 05:16:06 PM »
Still can't remove a flash drive on this vista system without a reboot...not good.
Sorry to know that. I can remove my USB drivers (more than one, with more than one partition) without trouble.
Any other software could be interfering?
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 05:37:45 PM »
It is the sandbox...look at the image I posted, it is the autosandbox...

I did run a program that caused an alert, and subsequent sandboxing...maybe it is that...

Doesn't happen on my win 7 system...
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 06:08:22 PM »
I see... When anything was sandboxed (autosandboxed too), seems that the drive can't be ejected...
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2011, 06:44:01 PM »
just want to insist on the fact that in my case, there was nothing auto-sandboxed on a USB drive, but a "safezone" folder was there. I re-installed Avast in the meantime, used the safezone, and so far nothing on that USB key (don't tell me that it's hidden - the "privatestorage" folder - , I know how to see it if I want to, no safe mode needed).
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2011, 07:21:41 PM »
Still can't remove a flash drive on this vista system without a reboot...not good.

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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2011, 07:28:18 PM »
Forgot about that...but wouldn't self protection stop it from changing the folder?

I know what is holding the drive, the autosandbox.
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Re: what's a sandbox folder doing on a USB drive?
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2011, 07:31:10 PM »
Forgot about that...but wouldn't self protection stop it from changing the folder?

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