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    virtualbox and viruses/malware

    If I install virtualbox , and then install windows XP should I install anti-virus software as well?

    what happens if windows gets infected with something, can I just delete windows to get rid of the virus ?

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    Re: virtualbox and viruses/malware

    Yes you should install antivitus/antimalware progs on your windowsmachine
    Last edited by Soul-Sing; March 29th, 2010 at 07:43 AM.

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    Re: virtualbox and viruses/malware

    I'm just wondering about how it would affect Ubuntu, since virtualbox is running within Linux.

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    Re: virtualbox and viruses/malware

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorade View Post
    I'm just wondering about how it would affect Ubuntu, since virtualbox is running within Linux.
    No it would not effect linux.

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    A virus on your virtual machine won't directly affect ubuntu but there is always the risk that you will get sloppy and end up copying a file with a virus and then sending it to someone else who is running Windows.
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    Re: virtualbox and viruses/malware

    Or maybe, you could try saving snapshots of your clean system and restore it from that if you suspect your pc is infected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shebaw View Post
    Or maybe, you could try saving snapshots of your clean system and restore it from that if you suspect your pc is infected.
    how do you do that?

    I don't have any problems right now , but it would be good to know for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorade View Post
    how do you do that?

    I don't have any problems right now , but it would be good to know for the future.
    If you have already installed virtualbox and your machine is running then from the menu click on machine and then click on take a snap shot. It saves a snapshot of your system and whenever something goes wrong, you can restore it from there.

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    Re: virtualbox and viruses/malware

    cool , thanks.

    I've got virtualbox now, but I haven't loaded windows yet.

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    Re: virtualbox and viruses/malware

    Quote Originally Posted by underquark View Post
    A virus on your virtual machine won't directly affect ubuntu but there is always the risk that you will get sloppy and end up copying a file with a virus and then sending it to someone else who is running Windows.
    + if your Windows-VM has internet access and gets infected it may still fill up your LAN with spam traffic and subsequent replies though your Linux host is safe and it may try to use the network connection to infect other machines.

    + malware naturally tries does not reveal itself.

    = if you consider doing anything that may involve the risk of getting your VM infected you should run anti-malware or block it's internet access for your own and other's sake.
    Last edited by Ijan; March 30th, 2010 at 02:38 AM.

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