Avast has added software virtualisation tools to its line of security and anti-virus tools, allowing for the 'sandboxing' of applications.
The tools allow customers to isolate certain applications, limiting their activity to running within the virtual sandbox environment.
Running an application on a virtualised machine rather than on a user's local system can help to segregate possible malware samples and prevent a larger infection.
"AutoSandbox shifts virtualisation from being an IT geek speciality to an automatic, easily accessible safety feature for all Avast users," said Avast chief technical officer Ondrej Vlček.
"If the item is dangerous, the software just shuts down the virtual computer and the user's real machine remains safe. If the item is safe, there is no hassle from a false positive."
Avast will bundle the sandboxing features into its Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus and Internet Security Suite platforms.
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