Microsoft Virtual PC And Viruses

  Tonycablejr 21:27 07 Feb 08

Stupid question i know, but i have a program which i suspect has a virus in it.
if i run it in virtual PC and it doe do bad things, am i right in thinking it will only effect the virtual pc, which i can then delete?

  VoG II 21:31 07 Feb 08

Why not just scan the file with one or more anti-virus programs?

Otherwise you need a 'sandbox'.

  brundle 21:36 07 Feb 08

A Virtual PC is a variety of sandbox.
I've used MS Virtual PC 2007 to download malware and see what effects it has, and it didn't affect my main PC. Some software refuses to run in virtual machines though so it is obviously possible for applications to detect they're being run `virtually`. I'm sure there would be some news in the security community if a virus or malware detected that kind of thing. I find this blog a useful read; click here

  Tonycablejr 22:04 07 Feb 08

i have scanned it and it came up clean... but its once of those bits of software which i really do not trust and would rather test it first.

it sounds like i should be ok tho, so will give it a go.

  brundle 22:05 07 Feb 08

Virustotal is a very useful site for uploading `suspect` files'; click here

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