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Why is Oracle VM Virtual Box installed on my Windows 10 PC?


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#1 aviation1972

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 12:22 AM

I need help solving a mystery. On October 1, 2016 Oracle VM Virtual Box, version 4.3.12 was installed on my Windows 10 PC. I just noticed it today, December 8, 2016. It takes up 80.5 Mb of space. I have plenty of storage. So, that's not the problem. The problem is that I don't believe I downloaded and installed it, and I have no idea what it's doing on my PC. What function(s) is it performing? How can I find out? I want to uninstall it, but not if that will ruin my computer's operations. Only one other person has access to my PC, ( a family member ), and that is only as a "guest" account. I want to know whether or not they may have installed this, and if so, why? I don't want to ask them, ( obviously ). That's why I'm asking for your help here. Thank you very much.....  aviation1972



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Posted 09 December 2016 - 12:49 AM

G'day aviation1972, and Welcome to BC

 

A VirtualBox or VB is a software virtualization package that installs on an operating system as an application. VirtualBox allows additional operating systems to be installed on it, as a Guest OS, and run in a virtual environment.

 

I know it all sounds a bit spooky...but "virtual machines" are in common use. I use one myself. (Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager)

 

My main operating system is Linux. Because I spend quite a bit of time working on windows 10 machines, I also need access to a working, up to date copy of win 10. I installed win 10 inside a VM......easy to do...requires very little space....and works like a dream. And any time i wish to get rid of it...right click, select delete and its gone !

 

Uninstalling should not present any problems.

 

Why it was installed  ?.....maybe to experiment with another operating system such as linux......?...or to run an old game or app that wont run in windows 10...(but used to run in win 7 or xp)....?

 

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If i knew the age of the family member I could probably hazard a more accurate guess as to their intention....

 

I wouldnt lose any sleep over it.....in fact.....embrace it and have a second OS (operating system) on your PC

 

LINUX.

 

(I gave win 10 the 'flick' some time ago and have never looked back

 

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:10 AM

Thank you so much for your prompt and thorough reply. I greatly appreciate it. I guess my major concern is that my family member, ( even though logged-in as a "guest" ), may have downloaded the Oracle VM Virtual Box software. We had an agreement that they wouldn't download or install any software on my computer, but would only surf the Internet, and perhaps shop. I'm confident, I didn't install that software. Can it be used by the "guest" account to copy anything from my Administrator's account? Can it be used to duplicate, copy, or spy into my files and programs? I'm not interested in keeping the Oracle software, ( although I apprecited your remarks about the way technology is heading nowadays with virtual machines ). Perhaps I would keep it, but I'm sharing my PC with someone else. So, if you think it would be safe for me to uninstall it, then that's what I'm going to do.....and I'll await your answer. Thanks again. You've been a big help..... aviation1972 



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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:35 AM

Safe to uninstall it.

 

To uninstall programs, go to Settings.....
  1. On the Start menu select Settings.
  2. Select System > Apps & features.
  3. Select the program, and then select Uninstall.
  4. Follow the directions on the screen.

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 02:25 PM

I need help solving a mystery. On October 1, 2016 Oracle VM Virtual Box, version 4.3.12 was installed on my Windows 10 PC. I just noticed it today, December 8, 2016. It takes up 80.5 Mb of space. I have plenty of storage. So, that's not the problem. The problem is that I don't believe I downloaded and installed it, and I have no idea what it's doing on my PC. What function(s) is it performing? How can I find out? I want to uninstall it, but not if that will ruin my computer's operations. Only one other person has access to my PC, ( a family member ), and that is only as a "guest" account. I want to know whether or not they may have installed this, and if so, why? I don't want to ask them, ( obviously ). That's why I'm asking for your help here. Thank you very much.....  aviation1972

 

Well the easiest was to check it is goto Program and features in control panel and click on date column to sort by date. Look and see if you installed something on that day. If you did like alot of free software does when they ask question during an install you may have been asked do you want to install VB and you just clicked yes and it installed. You need to read every prompt when installed software you download, 


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