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How safe are virtual install from Malware, Viruses +worms?

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    How safe are virtual install from Malware, Viruses +worms?


    Hello Guys,

    As in the title really, how safe is the host operating system from Malware and viruses etc when running a virtual machine in VMware Player, if a VM got a virus could that spread to the host machine?

    Thanks

    Tony

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tony,

    A virtual machine connected to the internet would have the same chances as any other computer connected to the internet of becoming infected.

    If the VM got a virus, then yes it could also infect the host PC as well. Especially if you share files between the two.

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks Brink for the advise
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Just an addendum here -- if for example you are using an XP machine as a Virtual machine for running legacy hard/software you should be perfectly safe so long as you do NOT connect it to the Internet or even network it to other machines -- keep it isolated.

    Actually these days the VM is probably MORE likely to become infected FROM the HOST if they are on the same network !!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thanks Jimbo, I have all operating systems from Win 95 to Win 8.1 as virtual machine for nostalgic reasons, I'll disable all the really old one's from the Internet to be safe
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