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  • 1.  VMware 15.5.5 - how to make "virtual machines" look as "real machines"?

    Posted Jun 02, 2020 12:44 AM

    Some software (especially malware) refuse to execute when they detect that they are running inside a Virtual Machine. However I would like to execute them to do some tests.

    What needs to be done to make the virtual machines look like "real machines" so that software and malware won't refuse to execute inside the virtual machines?

    - My VMware 15.5.5 is running on a Windows 10 Pro version 1909 real machine (Dell Inspiron 14R 5421 with i7).

    - I pretend to use the following virtual machines: Windows 7 64 bit and Ubuntu 20.04 64 bit. These virtual machines are already installed and I have been using them for a while.



  • 2.  RE: VMware 15.5.5 - how to make "virtual machines" look as "real machines"?

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jun 02, 2020 04:18 AM

    You won’t find a supported process to do this, but here’s a guide for Windows: [Tutorial] How to make a stealthy Virtual Machine - YouTube



  • 3.  RE: VMware 15.5.5 - how to make "virtual machines" look as "real machines"?

    Posted Jun 02, 2020 05:12 PM

    scott28tt

    Hello! Thank you for the link. I tested the reg file from the description of your video on the Windows 7 x64 virtual machine. However, it didn't really make it stealthy I think.
    From what I researched, seems like I need to change dmi settings. Any tips on that? Thank you very much.



  • 4.  RE: VMware 15.5.5 - how to make "virtual machines" look as "real machines"?

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jun 02, 2020 07:17 PM

    I would be making the same google searches you may have already done yourself, sorry.



  • 5.  RE: VMware 15.5.5 - how to make "virtual machines" look as "real machines"?

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jun 02, 2020 07:22 PM

    There will always be ways to identify that a VM is, in fact, a VM. It's a game of whack-a-mole that we're not interested in playing.



  • 6.  RE: VMware 15.5.5 - how to make "virtual machines" look as "real machines"?

    Posted Jun 03, 2020 05:34 AM

    How about using "virtual disk on the virtual disk"? If you are using Windows OS guest, try to install another OS to a VHD file in your guest and boot from it. It can pass some tests.