Remove VirtualBox from Ubuntu

If you need to completely remove VirtualBox, e.g. because a new version install fails preventing future installations then from the Console run commands below:

List VirtualBox installations

sudo dpkg -l | grep virtualbox

Example below

sudo dpkg -l | grep virtualbox
rc virtualbox-4.3 4.3.30-101610~Ubuntu~raring amd64 Oracle VM VirtualBox
iW virtualbox-5.0 5.0.28-111378~Ubuntu~trusty amd64 Oracle VM VirtualBox

Purge these installations in sequence replacing 4.3 and 5.0 with your versions  and answering ‘Y” to questions

sudo  apt-get purge virtualbox-4.3 virtualbox-qt

sudo  apt-get purge virtualbox-5.0 virtualbox-qt

After reboot you should be able to reinstall VirtualBox without errors

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