HP Firefox Virtual Browser

Hewlett-Packard, Mozilla and Symantec present a virtual browser called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser, which will be first featured on a new HP desktop called the HP Compaq dc7900. The HP Firefox Virtual Browser creates a secure virtualization layer that captures malware and viruses and lets the user purge the malware from the desktop. HP […]

Hewlett-Packard, Mozilla and Symantec present a virtual browser called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser, which will be first featured on a new HP desktop called the HP Compaq dc7900. The HP Firefox Virtual Browser creates a secure virtualization layer that captures malware and viruses and lets the user purge the malware from the desktop. HP will offer the HP Firefox Virtual Browser in all its business desktops by year's end.

The HP Firefox Virtual Browser is essentially a virtualized application that sits within the individual desktop and is controlled by the user. Kirk Godkin, an HP senior product manager for business PCs, said because the browser resides on the individual client an IT department does not have to set up a virtual desktop infrastructure within the data center to take advantage of the virtual browser.

If the sandbox detects malware or viruses, the user can simply empty the content of the virtual environment and start again.

"What we have created is a virtual layer where your browser runs and all the downloads, all the clicks, all the cookies and everything is placed within … a virtualized run-time environment," Godkin told eWEEK. "With the browser, the user only has to click the mouse and it will reset the browser to its original state and all their favorites will remain the same."

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