I don't know how to keep safe!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by markjones05, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. markjones05 macrumors 6502a

    markjones05

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    I am getting a new macpro come friday and plan on using bootcamp to install windows xp on a seperate hard drive. The thing is I have been using macs for so long I have no idea how to keep a windows machine safe from spyware, viruses and the like. Can anyone tell me what the must haves are in order to keep my machine safe? Is it possible for a virus to spread from my windows installed hard drive to my osx hard drive?
     
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    You're going to need a firewall, (although xp has one built-in, it only monitors traffic one way), a trusty antirivirus (I recommend AVG, it's free and works fine), an anti-spyware program (ad-aware and spybot will do), and common sense;)

    Viruses can in theory get onto your mac partition, but they can't do anything because they won't work on a mac! :D
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I didn't think you COULD install Windows XP on a USB drive and boot your using it/BootCamp.
    I'm almost positive that you can't do it on a firewire drive.

    Pretty much no. Windows cannot see/read/write to HFS+, so no virus (unless VERY specially crafted) can effect your OS X install.
    Someday.. but not now and unlikely in the near future.
     
  4. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    And which was is that? I know it monitors outgoing traffic and it would be pretty useless as a firewall if it didn't monitor incoming traffic, so...
     
  5. ruutiveijari macrumors regular

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    It monitors both ways of course.
     
  6. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    In addition to the other suggestions, you might want to give Spyware Guard and Spyware Blaster a look, I've had good results with these... Also, use Firefox or some other browser besides Internet Explorer.

    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/products.html
     

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