7.4 beta 2 problems when running sandboxed

Freki123

New Member
After switching from stable to the latest beta of Adguard (7.4 beta 2) I found out that its not possible for me to run Firefox 75.0 in sandboxie (Version 5.33.3) anymore with the new "Adguard Browser Assistant Beta" add on.
The legacy assistant works still fine but the beta add on in the browser always says "Adguard is not running".


Windows 10 pro 64 bit OS Build 18363.720
FF 75.00
Sandboxie 7.33.3

Will the legacy version stay or will it be discarded in the next future?
 

Chinaski

Quality Assurance
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Administrator
Moderator
Hello @Freki123
Sorry for the late reply, missed your post.
Could you describe the issue in more detail with the steps to reproduce?
 

ElectroStaticMop

New Member
After switching from stable to the latest beta of Adguard (7.4 beta 2) I found out that its not possible for me to run Firefox 75.0 in sandboxie (Version 5.33.3) anymore with the new "Adguard Browser Assistant Beta" add on.
The legacy assistant works still fine but the beta add on in the browser always says "Adguard is not running".


Windows 10 pro 64 bit OS Build 18363.720
FF 75.00
Sandboxie 7.33.3

Will the legacy version stay or will it be discarded in the next future?
Hello @Freki123
Sorry for the late reply, missed your post.
Could you describe the issue in more detail with the steps to reproduce?
I am having a similar issue. The issue is with the sandboxing itself. The add-on will install just fine but like Freki the add-on says that Adguard is not running because i am guessing it cannot see it within the sandbox.

The add-on can try to launch Adguard but of course it simply just loads a seperate sandboxed version of it which is unable to activate even if i close the original unsandboxed Adguard app. I then try to run a seperate sandboxed version of Adguard by right-clicking the .exe and selecting 'run sandboxed' but it does the same thing and says 'Something went wrong' and won't activate. I also tried providing direct file access (folder exclusion) to the adguard install directory but that didn't work either.

However, the program already has the ability to add application configurations for compatibility with unsandboxed programs. It has many built-in and applies them automatically to various well-known programs. It is also possible to add your own (unofficial) application configurations. It may be possible to create a custom configuration profile that would allow functionality between the add-on and the unsandboxed Adguard app.

I have added numerous screenshots to try and show the various functions / issues.

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Freki123

New Member
@Chinaski Hi thanks for your reply. Atm I got a lot of other pc problems sadly which are unrelated to this but I'm not sure how much I can reply after this post.
To reproduce would be like install Adguard 7.4 stable, install sandboxie 5.33.6.
Then I just installed the browser Assistant in the unsandboxed Firefox.
I Closed Firefox and opened it (via rightclick "run sandboxed") in the "default" sandbox from sandboxie where nearly everything is allowed. The Assistant is then greyed out and if you try to start it on any site it trys to launch the desktop Adguard inside the sandbox.
The legacy Assistant seems to work in another way and is (even in 7.4 still) no problem inside the sandbox.
When I'm done with the other problems I hope I can help further if needed.
Thanks for your time :)
 

Boo Berry

Moderator + Beta Tester
Moderator
This issue could be hard to work around. As far as I can tell, AdGuard for Windows relies on the Adguard.BrowserExtensionHost.exe executable to communicate with the Browser Assistant. When the web browser is sandboxed, how can AG for Windows communicate with the sandboxed web browser running the Browser Assistant? You'd have to "escape" the sandbox or some other voodoo magic potentially. Then again, does the AdGuard Assistant work? I'd be interested to know why that'd work in a sandbox.

I mean, I guess you could sandbox the entire AG for Windows alongside it, but I suspect that could lead to other potential issues.

Who knows, maybe there's another way, but this is me thinking out loud, so to speak.
 

ElectroStaticMop

New Member
This issue could be hard to work around. As far as I can tell, AdGuard for Windows relies on the Adguard.BrowserExtensionHost.exe executable to communicate with the Browser Assistant. When the web browser is sandboxed, how can AG for Windows communicate with the sandboxed web browser running the Browser Assistant? You'd have to "escape" the sandbox or some other voodoo magic potentially. Then again, does the AdGuard Assistant work? I'd be interested to know why that'd work in a sandbox.

I mean, I guess you could sandbox the entire AG for Windows alongside it, but I suspect that could lead to other potential issues.

Who knows, maybe there's another way, but this is me thinking out loud, so to speak.
It's possibile to exclude certain / processes / folders / .exe's etc as this is required for many programs that also have to interact through the sandbox barrier.
 

Boo Berry

Moderator + Beta Tester
Moderator
Have you tried adding Adguard.BrowserExtensionHost.exe and/or Adguard.exe and/or AdguardSvc.exe to the exclusions list to see if it works?
 

SciGuy

New Member
Just downloaded the browser extension (have been running the older Adguard for a while now), and experiencing the same issue. Googled it and found this thread.

The browser extension works in Firefox, but with Sandboxie, no such luck.

Am I able to download the older version of Adguard still? Would that version be supported for a while longer?
 

Freki123

New Member
Am I able to download the older version of Adguard still? Would that version be supported for a while longer?
If you can live without the new features of the new browser extension the old "Legacy Assistant" in Adguard still works with sandboxie 5.33.6
To use it open Adguard (even working in 7.5 Beta 1) go to Settings>Browser Assistent> check "Legacy Assistant"
When they remove the Legacy Assistant I will have to replace Adguard Desktop sadly :(

 

Bros

New Member
Uff, uff..., in last couple of days I lost AdGuard legacy Assistant icon completely in my Mozilla Firefox Web browser, it just vanishes on its own!
I have AdGuard for Desktop v7.5.1 presently installed, but even before, it was not present any more here for some time..., despite the fact that it is check-marked and engaged in AdGuard for Desktop application, despite the fact that the whole new "AdGuard Browser Assistant" is installed or not, here in a Mozilla Firefox Web browser...

So, now, if I want to use Sandboxie v5.33.6 with my Mozilla Firefox web browser, the whole new "AdGuard Browser Assistant" simply do not work at all here, and right now, I am totally forced to use only the free "AdGuard AdBlocker", a Mozilla Firefox extension here, which operates still and only fine!! :( :( :(

...This is so crazy...
And the Sandboxie software is just in the finishing line of its Sophos corp. saga, to finally become a freeware and open source software again as it was once also, but in the far past..., so it will now pass a next few big months at least all here, that Sandboxie software will maybe, maybe repair whole this mess with this whole new "AdGuard Browser Assistant", which in fact, AdGuard imagine quite noble and great, but also cause huge complications in the first place...

So, AdGuard please, please fix this with cooperation with all new Sandboxie freeware fellows, because using the AdGuard software is so vital today, as using at least every day regularly, the Web Browser sandboxed!
This two perimeters holds up so much in the IT Security means, so please fix it, and not forcing us, to simply choose and use AdGuard only, or Sandboxie only here.

Thank you and best regards!
 

SciGuy

New Member
If you can live without the new features of the new browser extension the old "Legacy Assistant" in Adguard still works with sandboxie 5.33.6
To use it open Adguard (even working in 7.5 Beta 1) go to Settings>Browser Assistent> check "Legacy Assistant"
When they remove the Legacy Assistant I will have to replace Adguard Desktop sadly :(
Thanks Freki, that had worked for a while, but today I restarted my desktop and now Ad Guard does not allow any Sandboxie browsers to open web pages (Firefox and Chrome).

I have the Legacy Assistant box checked in settings still.

I disabled Ad Guard to test, and Sandboxie browsers work. I tried enabling and disabling multiple times so I know it is Ad Guard stopping the data transmission (in both Firefox and Chrome).

Currently using Firefox 80.0.1
AdGuard 7.5.1
Windows 10

Does anyone know if there is a way to uninstall AdGuard and install an older version that still works with Sandboxie? I have been using Sandboxie over 10 years now and it has protected my computers from slowing down over time, viruses, and just overall keeps them like they are new... It would be really great if Sandboxie and AdGuard were able to work together.
 
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