The Race to Save the Human Race
The storyline changes completely from here on! Having uncovered the plot to obliterate the human world, the virtuals come up with a complex plan to save humanity. This includes leaving Earth, to look for a suitable planet on which humans can survive and flourish.
It is extremely likely that the distance needing to be covered would be in the light years, and there exist no propulsion systems that would be able to complete the job, except in the thousands of years. But they are lucky. A busybody virtual club, involved in human programs, becomes aware of spacecraft lurking long-term behind the moon.
Those rockets do have ET beings in them, and the virtuals are able to come to terms, by which they will be given high-speed passage and guidance to inhabitable planets.