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I had installed VirtualBox but it started giving me problems. So I uninstalled it using:-

sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-\*
sudo apt-get purge virtualbox-\*

But when I reinstalled VirtualBox it again resumed to previous settings and started giving same problems. How can i completely remove VirtualBox from my laptop and then reinstall it such that it wont give same problem again?

marked as duplicate by terdon Jun 22 '17 at 9:35

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Your problem : Virtual Box keeps its folder and settings in your home folder. Delete everything inside the folder.

Uninstall VirtualBox first.

sudo apt-get remove --purge virtualbox 

Run these commands to delete all virtual machines and settings and Virtual Hard Drives:

sudo rm ~/"VirtualBox VMs" -Rf
sudo rm ~/.config/VirtualBox/ -Rf

If you want to install it again. Run this command:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox

Additionally, check:

sudo ps aux | grep -i "vbox"

Kill any "ghost" processes you may think are relevant.

sudo pkill VBox*
  • After reinstalling virtual box by following your procedure it said that fedora was inaccesible so i just removed it. Has it been successfuly removed? – Manish Sakpal Nov 29 '15 at 5:30
  • @Manishsakpal yes it has. – Neil Nov 29 '15 at 8:52
  • it is giving error to . ? – Manish Sakpal Nov 29 '15 at 8:57
  • @Manishsakpal What error. you may want to try my answer again. – Neil Nov 29 '15 at 8:58
  • Error is:- rm: invalid option -- '.' Try 'rm --help' for more information. – Manish Sakpal Nov 29 '15 at 9:01
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox* --purge

Just try one command for remove all VM. Or perticulary one VM

sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.0 virtualbox-4.*

After that, you maybe get some instruction which will already give there you just need to type on the command line. Then again run same above command.

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    why didn't you add this to your other answer instead of posting a new one? – Zanna Mar 10 '17 at 9:33
  • Sorry @Zanna I just forgot. I will update. – jsroyal Mar 10 '17 at 9:35
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    And it was never updated. – Rexford Jan 30 at 6:47

First find installed package using below command :

sudo dpkg -l | grep virtualbox 

Then copy packages and remove using dpkg or apt-get as below :

sudo dpkg --purge <Packages>

--force-all optional

And also manually remove folder on home directory (~/"VirtualBox VMs").

sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.0 virtualbox-4.*

After that, you maybe get some instruction which will already give there you just need to type on the command line. Then again run same above command.

For me nothing helped but this

$ sudo /opt/VirtualBox/uninstall.sh
$ sudo rm -rf /opt/VirtualBox/

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