Malware & Virtual Machines
I've done some reading through the forums here, and like one of the other posters (albeit from 2009) I've actually been looking to do some simple virus removal practice with some of the other technicians I work with. Most of them are pretty good, but in trying to make sure everyone meets a minimum level of knowledge, I'd like to have a mess about and get them some practice.
Unfortunately many, if not all, of the samples I can get my hands on seem to VM-aware. It seems remarkably impractical for me to actually use a dummy machine and various ghost images just to get a little practice, so what can I do about this? The more recent the better.
Is there any malware these days that isn't VM-aware? or anything I can do to obfuscate the fact that it's in a VM? I've read about how malware checks, and how much work is involved in hiding the fact that you're running in VMware, but I'm just as happy to use VirtualBox or anything else really.
What's the best way to go about setting up a practice station?