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What’s VBoxService.exe (VirtualBox Guest Additions Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

VBoxService.exe is a process associated with Oracle Corporation's VirtualBox software. Oracle makes a free and useful virtual machine for Windows PCs called VirtualBox.

The VBoxService.exe aka Virtual Box Service links together "virtual" integration features, such as Windows shared folders, clipboard sharing, and mouse/keyboard integration.

If you have VirtualBox installed on your PC, then VBoxService.exe is something you should expect to see running in your Windows Task Manager. Just double check that it's signed by Oracle Corp and you should be safe!

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes VBoxService.exe (VirtualBox Guest Additions Service)?

We’ve found Oracle Corporation should be the publisher of VBoxService.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is VBoxService.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the VBoxService.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find VBoxService.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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