How can I fix VirtualBoxVM.exe error on Windows 10 [FULL FIX]

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VirtualBoxVM.exe error

VirtualBox is a great virtual machine software, but many users reported VirtualBoxVM.exe error while using it. This problem will prevent you completely from running a virtual machine on your PC, but there’s a way to fix it.

Here’s how one user described the problem on Spiceworks forum:


In intervals last from less than a minute to over an hour, VirtualBox throws this error and the VM freezes.

VirtualBox.exe – Application Error

“The instruction at 0x00007FFA94CC6733 referenced memory at 0X0000000000000018. The memory could not be read.”

Not sure if I’m looking for a hardware, driver, Windows Update, or some other error. Updating VirtualBox hasn’t helped and the past. Nor have I found a fix online.

Memory, hard drive test out OK.

Any ideas would be helpful.

How to fix VirtualBox.exe Application error?

1. Uninstall and reinstall VirtualBox

  1. Go to your Start Menu and open Control Panel.
  2. Now click on Uninstall a Program.
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  3. Select VirtualBox and uninstall it.
  4. Afterward, proceed to download VirtualBox from its official website.
  5. Open the file and reinstall the program.

Alternatively, you can remove VirtualBox by using uninstaller software such as Revo Uninstaller. By using uninstaller software you’ll ensure that VirtualBox and all its files and registry entries are removed from your PC.

2. Remove left-over files

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the  Run window
  2. When the Run window opens, type %appdata% in the box and press Enter or click the OK button.
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  3. Search for the VirtualBox folder and delete it.

3. Stop VM from the Task Manager

  1. Firstly, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. In the Process tab section click on Show Processes From All Users, now select the VirtualBoxVM.exe and right click on it.
  3. Now select End Process Tree.
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  1. Exit the Task Manager and start VirtualBox.

4. Update graphic card

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  1. Check your graphics card drivers.
  2. If drivers are outdated, visit the graphics card‘s manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model.
  3. Once the latest drivers are installed, check if the problem is still there.
  4. If updating your graphics card didn’t offer any acceptable results, try disabling 3D acceleration for your graphics card.

If this process seems a bit complicated, you can always use third-party tools such as TweakBit Driver Updater to update all outdated drivers with just a few clicks.

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5. Malware scan

scan your PC VirtualBoxVM.exe error

  1. Perform a quick or full scan with your antivirus. If you don’t have third-party antivirus, you can use Windows Defender.
  2. If you find any malware, be sure to remove it and check if that solves your problem.

There you go, 5 quick and simple solutions that can help you fix VirtualBoxVM.exe error on your PC. Feel free to try all of our solutions, and let us know which solution worked for you.


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