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Thread: [SOLVED] ubuntu with virtual box and windows xp pro - viruses/spyware questions

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    [SOLVED] ubuntu with virtual box and windows xp pro - viruses/spyware questions

    Hi,
    Is it possible for viruses or spyware to invade ubuntu when I run xp pro in virtual box?
    Also, is there any need to use antivirus software and antispyware software and a firewall for windows xp pro when using it in virtual box?
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    Re: ubuntu with virtual box and windows xp pro - viruses/spyware questions

    your linux installation will be fine unless your running vbox as root. (which I highly doubt)
    as for the windows in the vbox.. it can get infected the same way it would normally do if it were your primary OS (or in a dual boot)
    In my vbox/winxp setup I still installed AVG just to keep it clean in that virtual world
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    Re: ubuntu with virtual box and windows xp pro - viruses/spyware questions

    Quote Originally Posted by MemoryDump View Post
    your linux installation will be fine unless your running vbox as root. (which I highly doubt)
    ......
    Would you like to explain how anything running in a VM can get out of the virtual environment and somehow damage a host (that it has no idea whatsoever about)?
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