Returnil System safe 2011: Antivirus, Antimalware, System Restore and a virtual system [Review+ Giveaway]

Till now we have always covered Antivirus and security solutions which work on the concept of catching viruses before they infect your system or removing them if the system is already infected by using a vast database of  virus definitions or community Cloud data. Today we will talk about a different approach to secure your system.

Returnil System safe uses a Virtual Mode feature which clones your real system partition or operating system (usually the C:\ drive) and prevents changes from being made to the real system by creating a virtual environment for your PC. In simple words, its like a dream system where anything bad can happen but when you woke-up you will find that everything is all right.

During the installation, it scanned critical areas of the system and that finished pretty quick if you compare that to a pre-install quick scan from normal Antivirus solutions..

It creates a virtual environment and hence whenever the system is used while Returnil System safe is installed, every activity that is done done on the PC including opening of applications or online browsing or anything else, all these activities occur actually on the cloned virtual environment instead of your actual system. This in turn keeps your system safe from viruses, Trojans, malware and other malicious threats.

It includes a fully functional antivirus and antimalware component which uses local signatures and policies along with cloud based AI/machine learning technology to provide you zero-day detection and remdiation of malware . The protection is a real-time protection. The best part: it can co-exist perfectly on your system along with your existing security solution.

You can enable this virtual mode to start with your system if you wish. But my recommendation, you should use it only when you need to. The reason, during virtual mode you must make some adjustments to save files and data as unless you do those adjustments, all changes to the system partition will be lost at restart of the computer. So whats the workaround for this problem? It is recommended to change your other program settings so that all your output or data is saved on a non-system drive or partition i.e on any partition on which your operating system is not installed.

Note:- You must have at least ~4GB of Hard disk space free or available for running this virtual mode.

As this Virtual mode may not be active for 100% of the time and hence you may need something else too in case of some infections. You can use the inbuilt system restore component instead of the conventional Windows System restore. It can either restore your full system or a partial recovery for restoring your data, files or some application settings. Even during the process of system restore, it will check the snapshot for any malicious threats and inform you if it is clean or not so that you can make a better decision before restoring your system to a particular old snapshot.

Features in Brief

  • Complete protection from both known and unknown viruses and other malicious software
  • Eliminate Trojans, viruses, adware, spyware and undo unwanted changes with a simple restart of your system
  • Real-time protection on-the-fly
  • Non-intrusive virus scan – automatically adjustable resource usage based on computer’s
  • Retain changes to your documents and other frequently edited content
  • No need to defragment or optimize your hard-disk
  • Protect your system while you are surfing or working in “the cloud”
  • Roll back your system to a previously clean state and eliminate all infections
  • Master boot record protection


Thanks to Michael , we are giving away 200 X 3 Licenses of Returnil System safe to readers of Avinashtech. This means that 200 users will get a 3 seat license. Just follow the simple rules below to enter in this draw.

  1. Subscribe to Avinashtech by entering your email address in the subscribe box on right sidebar of the blog or by clicking this link. Do remember to verify your email address when you get the verification email from Feedburner.
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  1. Nice. I test a lot of new software so I need a really good  virtual software to do so. Right now I use a different program but lately it has let me down a few times. I need some thing new. please count me in for this giveaway. thanks 

  2. I would like a license because this program is very new, thank for your review and giveaway. Please give a license 🙂

  3. Best product out there for security and safety.
    I have used this long time ago and really like it back then.
    Please count me in.

  4. Great application, that allow You to be almost completly sure that your system will be safe.
    I really would like to win a license.

  5. I was a user of Returnil a few years ago on XP and now I would like to try it on 7:-)
    Thank you in advance.

  6. Hi,I have used the older version before has some great feature, but used a lot of resources. Would like to try out the new version.

  7. Thanks for the Returnil System Safe giveaway.
    Would like to experience the feature “No need to defragment or optimize your hard-disk”.
    Please count me in.

  8. Thanks for the review and giveaway Avi. Prevention is better than cure. That’s what Returnil does and that’s why I need it. Count me in Avi!

  9. This is my chance to renew the license Returnil System Safe 2011 which had expiredavinashtech thank you very much for this giveaway

  10. thanks for review and gievaway.
    this is great virtualization software. effective and no system impact. also, keeps my system safe from viruses, Trojans, malware and other malicious threats.
    Count me in avinash.

  11. This would really be a great software to have in your PC. I would be happy to have this to avoid those experiences in the pass of being infected with malware that resulted in reformatting of my computer. Please count me in…

  12. This software would add another layer of security to your computer system. This would be a great help for me in combating malware. Please count me in….

  13. Returnil System safe is a software which provides a virtual environment for your system to run or work with without affecting or damaging your actual computer system by keeping it always in a clean and safe mode. This surely gives you more confidence and security with using this product.
    Please count me in this Giveaway and special thanks to Avinash and for organizing such a Good and Special Giveaway Event!

  14. Very good review and very good software. I want to use this very good security software primarily due to the virtualization capabilities. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. thanks for such a great giveaway avinashtech……it is one of the best virtualization software out there…..plz count me in…

  16. Returnil System Safe is a good and useful program for window virtualization. I have a free version which I use often, and this win is very useful.

  17. Hey, great giveaway! Thank you! Currently I’m using another virtualization software in case I want to test some suspicious software or when visiting new websites. Returnil System Safe looks more powerful and I would like to have a license. Thank you again for the chance!

  18. Thank for yet another great giveaway! I  doest’t have any software of this genre would like to try one myself. Thank and please count me in!

  19. Thank may I have one too? Appreciate this I am using one from previous giveaway of the day license and it going to be expired soon. Thank again for this!

  20. Thanks for the nice giveaway. It can act as another layer of security for my system, so would definitely love to have it.

  21. It’s nice if I could have this, , its a nice deal. I would like to protect my computer for unknown threats and misconfigurations.
    I believe this is the product I’m looking for 🙂

  22.  awesome giveaway…i would like this software so I can return my system to the way it was before a problem occurs..

  23. You continue to come up with great software. This would allow me to better protect my computer. Thanks.

  24. Great software! It will be a nice to have the licence of Returnil System Safe 2011. Thank you for the chance to win one.

  25. Returnil System safe  is a very good software for me because I can test out programs without affecting my OS. Thanks.

  26. Thanks for offering this program: I’ve read very good reviews for it and would definitely like to have a copy. Thanks again.

  27. Dear Avinash- Would love to have the 3x license,as my license will be running out soon,as well…Thank you for “putting my name in the hat”,so to speak….Thanks !!

  28. Hi! There is a lot of programs for protecting your computer. At the moment I use KIS2011, in principle, it suits me. But I have a lot of good reviews of Returnil heard, and when the opportunity sechas get it, I thought I should win it than I am worse than others?Best regards!

  29. Thanks for the contest. I need this so as when i go to sites that are not to safe i can visit them without getting a hijack or virus.

  30. WoW  –  Ive actually been looking for a better way to secure my laptop, I am always getting into strife with bugs, or I over tweak something and voila; yep – i spend the next two days trying to save the system till i give up and re-install -yet again!  I don’t like antivirus software! I feel as if my PC has been Commandeered in the name of a higher power and I’m left begging for a little control!  (name held) and i have to fight, till frustrated I turn the annoying buggar off!! That’ll show it how’s boss!  Happy for a short time and tinkering with other security toys till BAM – I catch the flu and spend the next week in bed trying to rebuild my system – I hope I’m not the only one…..with these issues……I feel a bit silly reall – fighting with inanimate objects and loops of code….. Anyway,   I’ve been thinking of virtualization and look for the right product but until now I haven’t come across anything that really nails the job to bed – well I’ve been looking at Retirnil and it is feature pack to ensure all possibilities are covered and data can easily be transfered to the real disk when and how one wants!!  A virtual drive can be set up for saving persistant data – oh and its an anti virus software on top of that – the main thing is that since i’ve been using the demo version am an yet to be annoyed by it.  Some thing began to frustrate me but then i realized that those issues are more than covered in the additional feature available in the full version So I swear they have made this product specifically for me – to destress my life!   If I am one of the lucky few I can tell you it will be a valued and well used investment in the stability of my pc and my own life!!!   Thanks Guys………..Joshua McCosker 

  31. “I use NIS 2011, I want to know the new opportunities offered by the Returnil System Safe.Leoshi”

  32. Hi,
    I think Returnil has improved its product since several years.  I would mainly use it to evaluate new software. And get a a clean PC everytime afterwards.
    Thanks for counting me in.

  33. I think, i really need this software for additional security. Hope to win one. Thanks avinashtech and I’m hoping to a lot more giveaways to come….

  34. well this grate news for keeping any pc safe! virtual environment is the future technology for protecting our machines there  are allready virtual firewals and programs like sandboxie, or time freeze who give a good pice of mind for the people who surf in the internet without having to boder with virus ! this program i heve never heard nowone talk about it but i think it is a valuable program to help us to be safe! and if it can be used with other av its perfect!
    congratulations for this giveaway ! good luck to all the participants

  35. Avinash, one of the best security programs you’ve ever made available (in my opinion).  By all means toss my name into the hat, and thank you.

  36. I would like the opportunity to enter the draw for the Returnil program. The idea of a virtual system for protection from the outside world, and one that works with my existing antivirus, sounds very efficient.Thank you,
    Ernie Sampson

  37. As there’s so many internet nasties out there and this program gives me the ace up the sleeve.

  38. Have used an older version of Returnil in the past and found it very useful. Would love to have this updated program..

  39. I have this security software is already being used long ago.  It was quite good. I would like to use again.

  40. I used to use the XPMode to test some software, but this means I need a security software in it as well. Returnil System Safe might be a good alternative. I’d like to try it.
    Thank you Avinashtech and Returnil.

  41. I would like to grab a license of this awesome product simply because it’s one of the few security software out there which can give users a 100% protection against any kind of malware they may run into while surfing the web.

    In fact, unlike traditional antispyware software, RETURNIL SYSTEM SAFE 2001 not only includes anti-malware live guard protection and on-demand scanning features, but also a VIRTUAL COPY of the main partition where Windows is installed.

    This means that you can be 100% sure that any possible change made on your system by malware will be automatically removed whenever you restart your PC.

    How cool is that??

    Please count me in your contest!!!!/Mario77999/status/156009215796842497

  42. Great protection layer against malware, the File Manager and System Rollback are very compelling features. Reboot-to-restore for peace of mind.
    Please include me in the giveaway.
    Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all participating!

  43. I’m always like to try new software, so I’m often installing and uninstalling software. Unfortunately not all software uninstalls completely and leaves registry keys, etc behind.
    With Returnil I can install a software and if  the software doesn’t suit my needs I just reboot my pc ad everything is disappears behind.

  44. Thank you Avi for this nice review. Returnil System Safe is a very interesting software and I would like to win a license for improve the security of my system.

  45. Presently Iam using wondrshare time freeze. It is working ok but having limited options compare to Returnil system safe 2011 Iwill be delighted to use this on my laptop and hope to get it. Thanks for this giveaway.

  46. Returnil System safe 2011 will help to keep system safe and clean.
    So I hope to win.
    Thanks for the review and this giveaway.

  47. Love to try this one – if you have spares.  If not, thanks for the info, always interesting to see what’s available.

  48. Tried Returnil free last year and it’s an effective virtualization application. Though the free version is very limited it has proven quite effective in my test on an XP machine. For people who wanna go on a ligther layer approach Returnil System Safe is definitely a catch.  Please count me in for this giveaway. Will load this on Windows 7 pc. Congratulations for organizing this giveaway guys really great work 🙂

  49. Wow this one is something huh! Count me in please! Saw this one in Wilders and it seems to be a great application indeed. Have not tested this one but if I get a license will use it on my x64 system. Cheers!

  50. Intriguing way of protection, ingenious even, but doesn’t it have a heavy footprint even when idle? Thanks for the giveaway, please count me in.

  51. I’ve never tried this type of software before so it would be great to be counted in. Thanks for info and opportunity

  52. I tried the free version a while ago and found it to be a great piece of software. I would like to have a pro license. It’s been said the license is only good for 1 year but hey, why complain… Thanks!!

  53. “Only” 200 x 3 licenses? Wow!
    I’ve tried the software and it’s very good. Please count me in.
    Big thanks to you and Michael.

  54. Have not yet tried Returnil yet but I see that it is an awesome application. Can I still join for a license..? If I can please consider me.

  55. It is the best system restore software which provides with virtual system to keep your system safe and not easy to be infected.

  56. to me It s not the “best” but this is definitely good program…. Antivirus is average…no “big guy”

  57. i spent a lot of time searching for giveaways of RSS. i’ve used 2008 version and it was a good software. hope this giveaway isn’t over yet. thanks and more power to

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