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Light Virtualization Software Review and Guide: Shadow Defender (Page 1)

Light Virtualization Software Review and Guide: Shadow Defender

When it comes to Light Virtualization very few programs perform as well as Shadow Defender. This lightweight program is easy to use, bloat-free, and light on system resources; yet it possesses the power to fully contain some of the sturdiest of malware within its buffer and fully undo the damage with just a simple reboot.

Tasos Laurentiadis | Mar 5, 2013 at 7:50 am CST - 1 min, 24 secs time to read this page
Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Shadow Defender

Overview and History

In one of our recent articles we have explored the benefits of Light Virtualization (LV). This is a unique software technology that sandboxes whole disks/partitions, protecting their contents against unwanted changes.

Shadow Defender (or SD for short as it is known among its dedicated fans) has been enjoying a great reputation among Light Virtualization fans during the last few years. There has been a barren period of two and a half years where development was interrupted, leaving v1.1.0.325 (which was released back in February 2010) as the last known good version.

Amazingly this version is still doing its job perfectly three years later, keeping pretty much everything at bay. It is basically a three year old piece of code that is still able to fully isolate and contain malicious code which is much newer than itself. This unique feature is what has cemented the Shadow Defender reputation among its dedicated fans.

The SD project was put back on track a few months ago with the developer coming back and picking it up once again. Tony (as he is known among SD fans) is the author and owner of Shadow Defender. We don't know what real life issues may have forced Tony to abandon the project for two and a half years. What is important is that the break is now over. In the last five months the program has evolved and important new features have been added. The latest version of SD includes full SSD/TRIM compatibility, introduces Windows 8 support, and also includes write cache encryption plus a configurable RAM Cache option.

If you are interested in trying or buying Shadow Defender, you can visit this website.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Tasos Laurentiadis

Tasos Laurentiadis was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, but now lives in London, UK. An avid computer enthusiast with a passion for hardware and software alike, he has been around since the early days of the Commodore 64 and the BBC micro. He later moved on to a 386 PC and never looked back. Tasos loves the buzz of installing and testing new hardware and software, and is a keen gamer. He also loves hard rock, metal, ethnic/folk music, and has been the lead vocalist with numerous rock and metal bands since the mid-eighties.

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