There is a paid and unpaid version of Sandboxie. You can do almost everything you need in the unpaid version. There are two major advantages of the paid version that may make you want to fork over the $35 for a perpetual license.
1. Force certain applications (think web browsers) to run sandboxed.
2. Configure different sandboxes with different settings.
The biggest advantage is Forced Sandboxing:
You have Sandbox links for IE and Firefox. You happen to be checking email in sandboxed IE while Firefox is your default browser. If you click a link in IE it will open Firefox outside of the sandbox because you did not initiate a sandboxed version of Firefox.
Configure Forced Sandboxing (Paid Version Only)
Below I will show you how to create shortcuts to sandboxed application with their original icon. This won’t force the program to always run sandboxed, just when you click the shortcut.
Creating Sandboxed Short Cuts
A tool has been created that will create the shortcut using the Sandboxie start.exe to open any program in you designated sandbox and use that program’s icon for the shortcut. I’ve tested it in a sandbox and it works great but use at your own risk – here
Manually Create a Shortcut to a Sandboxed Application.
1. Right click on your desktop and choose New > Create Shortcut
2. Browse to the .exe you want to run (ie “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”)
3. Click Next
4. Name the shortcute (ie “SafeChrome”)
5. Click Finish
Windows 7 should pull the icon for the shortcut, you can modify this if needed. Next change the Target and Start In parameters to make the application run in your sandbox.
1. Right click on your shortcut > Properties
2. Prepend “C:\Program Files\Sandboxie\Start.exe” /box:DefaultBox to the Target (including ” “), it will look like (ie “C:\Program Files\Sandboxie\Start.exe” /box:DefaultBox “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”)
3. Change the Start In to “C:\Program Files\Sandboxie” (including ” “)
4. Click Change Icon and browse to the icon you want to use (ie C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe)
5. Click OK
You now have a shortcut to open Chrome in your default sand box.