Can I detect malware that’s on my host OS if I’m using diagnostic tools in a VM?



  • If I have a VirtualBox VM running Kali Linux, can I use its diagnostic tools to search for malware on the host?



  • Not really in a useful way. A virtual machine is isolated from the host by nature, and therefore knows very little (if anything at all) about the host, much less what files or processes are on it. If you really wanted, you could share a folder into a VM and scan it there, but that won't always be useful.

    In general, Kali doesn't really provide much to look for malware with either; you are probably better off using a bootable virus scanner image if you really want an external scan.



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