Can I use an antivirus to scan a virtual machine RRS feed

  • Question

  • After installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Virtual Machine (HyperV) I wanted to make a Windows Update. but IE returns the error :

    • Internet Explorer encountered a validation error:
    • Process name : iexplorer.exe
    • Module name: urlmon.dll
    • Asset offset: 0000000000 19 F0E3

    I'm intrigued by the final "r" at the end of "iexplorer".  Can I use an antivirus or an antimalware to scan a virtual machine (Hyper-V) which has been shut down?

    Thanks ahead

    • Moved by Elytis Cheng Thursday, May 31, 2012 5:44 AM (From:Security)
    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:18 PM


All replies

  • Hi,

    You can install antivirus software within a virtual machine.

    If you want to install antivirus software on a Hyper-V host machine, you can check the following post.

    Antivirus and Hyper-V (or: Why can’t I start my virtual machine?)
    Windows Anti-Virus Exclusion List

    • Proposed as answer by KETATA Ramy Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vincent Hu Friday, June 1, 2012 2:32 PM
    Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:21 AM
  • you can mount the vhd (with the option read only) on a windows 7 pc or windows 2008 r2 server with av software to scan it "offline". (to be absolutly safe nothing happens with the org vhd, just to check for viruses, you can make a copy of the vhd and scan that)

    you find the option to mount a vhd in the computer management mmc under Storage/Disk Management. Right click the node and select attach vhd

    • Edited by FZB Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:41 PM
    • Marked as answer by WLID1966 Friday, June 1, 2012 3:39 PM
    Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:39 PM
  • Thanks to everybody!
    Could you advise me a Windows Server 2008 compatible Antivirus?

    Thanks again

    • Edited by WLID1966 Friday, June 1, 2012 5:18 PM
    Friday, June 1, 2012 3:39 PM
  • I use Microsoft's free Security Essentials for all my labs.  It does not have a centralized management capability like a MacAfee or Microsoft Front-End Protection (same engine as Security Essentials), but for lab use it works just fine - and the cost is right. :)

    Follow the instructions in Vincent's post about setting up AV correctly in a Hyper-V environment.


    Saturday, June 2, 2012 4:31 PM