SumTingWong

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Hello everyone! I am new to VM setup and there are some questions that I would like to ask you guys.
1) Do I need the Virtualbox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter running when VM is off? I don't see any network traffic at all in the adapter. I set NAT in the network configuration, and install all Oracle drivers during setup. I also don't see any Oracle Virtualbox services running in Task Manager while VM is off.
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2) Can I make the adapter enable only when VM is on?
3) What is the best network settings mode to test malware or isolate VM network from host network to make sure they don't infect the host network?
 

HarborFront

Level 54
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When VB starts then the Task Manager will show up

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I'm seeing the Ethernet thing. It's already there after I installed VB. I think Ethernet is for LAN connection. If you use WiFi (like me) there's no activity indicated when VB is running

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HarborFront

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As for your question 3) What is the best network settings mode to test malware or isolate VM network from host network to make sure they don't infect the host network?

I can't answer the 1st part of the question. Using my laptop to answer, hopefully, your 2nd part of the question

Firstly, you'll need your host machine to be strongly protected. Get a strong AV/AM and other needed protection software.

Scenario 1
If you are just simply using the VM to surf the web (and anonymously) and without performing critical usage then simply power off WITHOUT saving the machine state will do.

Scenario 2
If you performing critical work activity inside the VM then protect it like you'll protect your host machine. Install a different strong AV/AM and other protection software inside the VM. If you need to transfer files in/out between VM and the host machine make sure the host machine's AV/AM scans such files. End of the day just shut down the VM WITHOUT saving the machine state. You can also use Sandboxie in the VM to sandbox your browser, if it works, as an additional layer of protection.

If you are afraid of VM-evading malware then the host machine's strong AV/AM and other protection software should serve as the main layer of protection. Lastly, you can install Shadow Defender on the host machine and shut it down WITHOUT saving at the end of the day.

Likely, I'll install Shadow Defender on the host machine and not Sandboxie nor AV/AM in the VM for I won't be doing critical work there

Edit (added)

If my answers cannot satisfy you then go to the below link to get better answers


For fingerprinting

1) Shadow Defender - cannot protect the host machine from being fingerprinted
2) Sandboxie - in its default settings it cannot protect the host machine from being fingerprinted

Read post #16 by the developer below


3) VM - it can protect your host machine from being fingerprinted if you are using two different OSes
 
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