Virtual Box gets a lot of support, primarily because it is free and open-source. It also allows unlimited snapshots – a feature only available in VMWare Pro. VMWare, on the other hand, is great for drag and drop functionality between host and the VM, but many features come only in paid version.
Absolutely. Virtual Box is 100% safe, provided you download it from the official source and not any third-party website. While downloading applications for your phone or computer, always make sure you do so from a trusted online source. The same goes for VirtualBox. However, the application in itself is safe and will not compromise any of your data.
Yes. The VM can also get infected with viruses if you run potentially harmful applications without antivirus protection installed on your system. Though, under normal circumstances no malware from the VM will break in to the host or vice versa. There are some advanced malware that do have the ability to travel either sides of VirtualBox, but these malware are not commonly found.
You can check a VM virus pretty much the same way you check for viruses on the host computer. Install any antivirus program on your VM, and run a thorough test. When prompted, quarantine or delete any infected program before it affects other programs.
There are so many custom-made versions that users often stumble upon what is the latest version of Virtual Box? It is Virtual Box 6.0 (and later).
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