Ive installed a Windows XP Pro Virtual PC on my Vista Admin box to have an easy means of firing up XP when I need it. It occurred to me that this could also be an ideal means of being able to test suspicious virus and/or Trojan infected files.
I understand from reading other threads on this topic that a virus infection in a Virtual PC can in some circumstances affect the Host operating system and travel across any configured LAN network drives.
Question is how to protect the main operating system from being affected in such a scenario and contain the infection only to the Virtual PC, yet still retaining Internet access?
My current configuration is a single NIC getting it's Internet from a router.
Any suggestions on how this might be possible? If not possible in Virtual PC, how about VMWare or some other Virtual Machine type software that allows this?