To uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu and similar operating systems, mount the virtual disk again that you used to install them - to do that, click on the Devices menu on the virtual machines top menu bar and select Install Guest Additions. If you get a pop-up about auto-start procedures just cancel it.

Now that the virtual disk is mounted, open a terminal and look for the contents of the disk in the /media folder.

ls /media

In my case, the disk is named VBOXADDITIONS_4.1.10_76795. This name may vary depending on the version of VirtualBox you have installed. Now uninstall the guest additions (don't forget to adjust the path):

sudo sh /media/VBOXADDITIONS_4.1.10_76795/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run uninstall


You can uninstall the guest additions just like any other program on a Windows machine: Click on Uninstall a program in the Control Panel and search for the version you installed. Select it and click on the Uninstall button above the program list.

Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu and Windows 7
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5 thoughts on “Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu and Windows 7

  • February 4, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Doesn’t work, it says: “Can’t open /media/admin1/VBox_GAs_5.2.6/VBoxLAdditions.run”. Doesn’t say why 🙂

    • February 5, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Probably you installed VirtualBox on a different path n your computer.

  • May 10, 2018 at 5:50 am

    use ./autorun.sh uninstall instead for latest version

  • July 10, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Not everyone keeps old versions. How do we remove it without the original disk? Anyone?


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