Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost
I treat them as separate computers, but I use XP in a way that it is on my same network and accessible from my network directly...as are other OSes that I install virtually.
I have to agree. XP under VM communicates with the internet and appears to have the same vulnerabilities.
I did not completely agree until last week as I only use VM/XP to run an older high speed HP document scanner that is not compatible with Windows 7. I never downloaded anything when using VM/XP so I naively figured I had no risk. Well, last week my machine suddenly became infected with the Tracur trojan (normal Windows 7) and it was very difficult to remove. It appears to have been delivered by simply visiting some web site. Since we are very careful where we go I cannot explain where it came from but the fact remains that it did infect my machine. I then realized I sometime use Internet Explorer under VM/XP when waiting for a large number of documents to finish scanning. Not willing to take any chances I installed Eset NOD 32.