Jack asked: Does the virtualization of a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox prevent a virus infection? For example, if one were browsing the Web with an SVS installation of Firefox and encountered a virus, could that spread to the baseline system, or does the sandbox effect extend to the system memory as well as the file system?
Hello Jack. Thanks for the question.
If malware launches from a virtualized application, SVS will track that as part of the process tree and capture what it does. When the layer is reset, the malware will be removed from the local hard drive. So SVS does prevent malware from permanently altering the app that launched it.
Note: The malware still has an opportunity to run and to perhaps do some damage across the wire. So this should be considered an additional layer of protection, not a replacement for anti-virus products!
Also, a caveat on this:...