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Subject. Does using a VM protect the host for internet browsing? Reason for question. I have a friend. Yes I really do who is an... illicit browser. I have "fixed" this guys computer at least 6 times in the last couple months now. My way of fixing is a format / restore as I have no desire to chase down everything he has somehow collected. But I'm tired of doing it.

I've tried to explain, even suggested he buy a computer specifically for his "browsing" and such. He's got the money but I guess it gives him a reason to see his friend or something like that. Either way could I set him up with a vm and he could use that? Been using them myself for awhile now so I'm comfortable with virtualbox but not gonna bother if it won't improve the situation. Wiping and rebuilding a VM is easy and less disruptive than a whole computer for obvious reasons.

He's using windows vista, am thinking about a mint vm or something.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 7/10/13 at 5:50pm
 
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Yes, that's usually how the virus review places test the AV.

The VM's OS can get infected to crap though.

Remember your VM has network access if you are browsing the web though. That is a potential security hole.
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Depends on what your "questionably browse" is. If your just browning on some unsecured sites with no protection, then it shouldn't effect you. If your looking at sites that track IP's, then your not safe do to NAT.
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Illicit browsing = porn. Just trying to save myself some trouble. Don't mind swapping vms, thats fast and easy. No stuff to backup, just dump and install again. I will try it when I go over tommorow for... the 7th time now.
 
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Illicit browsing = porn. Just trying to save myself some trouble. Don't mind swapping vms, thats fast and easy. No stuff to backup, just dump and install again. I will try it when I go over tommorow for... the 7th time now.

Most VM software will let you save the state and then revert. Won't even have to do reinstalls.
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Most VM software will let you save the state and then revert. Won't even have to do reinstalls.

Even better.
 
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Most VM software will let you save the state and then revert. Won't even have to do reinstalls.

Yup! Just set up your VM the way you want it and take a snapshot. Browse as much filth as you like and then just revert back when done.
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