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I had some problems: couldn't remove packages properly and eventually I did rm -rf to directories of Virtualbox. Now I want to install Vitualbox again, but can't because system tells that virtualbox already running. I tried kill -9 <PID>- doesn't help. Every time I try ps -aux | grep virtualbox the process appears with new PID. `

30507  0.0  0.0  15444   944 pts/0    S+   15:00   0:00 grep --color=auto virtualbox

I can't remove, purge virtualbox. And it seems I don't have inittab.

Update: I'm not using those broken system already, but still would be nice to know how to deal with such kind of problem.

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    That is not Virtualbox, but "grep searching for virtualbox" – M. Becerra May 12 '17 at 11:07
  • can you reset the system and sudo apt-get purge virtualbox-* – MeganFoxz May 12 '17 at 11:09
  • @MeganFoxz I'm getting message then: Running VMs found VirtualBox is currently running. Please close it and try again. Please note that it can take up to ten seconds for VirtualBox (in particular the VBoxSVC daemon) to finish running. – R S May 12 '17 at 11:10
  • I would say back up and export your VM's and purge VB and reinstall it is this a option ? – MeganFoxz May 12 '17 at 11:12
  • @MeganFoxz What ? I would happy to purge VirtualBox, but I CAN'T - that's the point. – R S May 12 '17 at 11:14

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