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Windows 7: xp mode and virus? and image?

07 May 2010   #1
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 
xp mode and virus? and image?

if xp mode gets infected with a virus can that virus move to my win7 installation?

can you take an image of xp mode or is it a case of taking an image of the whole system that contains xp mode as if xp mode was a program installed on win7?

thanks


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07 May 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

An infected virtual OS should not affect the host OS.

A system image of the host OS would also backup the virtual OS.

Also check out this tutorial: Virtual XP Machine - Copy
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07 May 2010   #3
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

excellent thank you JK
so xp mode would be an ideal place to test suspicious zip files?
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07 May 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, a virtual machine is the best way to test malware and suspicious files.
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07 May 2010   #5
Kari

 

A virtual machine is as any other computer in your network. If it's infected, it can infect other computers if the infected files are shared or other way used by other computers.

To create and restore system images in virtual machines works precisely as in any normal computer. However, the easiest and fastest way to do that with virtual machine is to make a copy of the vhd file.

To test malware in virtual machine, I would first copy the vhd. If something goes wrong, all I had to do would be to replace the original vhd with the copy.

Kari
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07 May 2010   #6
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

i see thank you, so just make a copy of the
Windows XP Mode base.vhd
in the program files and keep it safe anything goes wrong with the original just delete it and paste the copy/backup back in?
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07 May 2010   #7
Kari

 

If you use XP Mode to malware testing, make copy of both vhd's it uses. Base vhd in Program Files, and the XP Mode vhd itself in C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines.

Kari
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07 May 2010   #8
Maxheadroom

windows 7 64bit build 7600
 
 

thank you
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