Virus/Firewall Protection In VPC?

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  1. swiftaw macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    I am awaiting my first ever Mac (New 15" Powerbook due Wednesday) and as much as I hate to I will have to run VPC for several things I need at work.

    My question is this, obviously i will need some kind of antivirus program running in VPC to protect XP, but what about a firewall. Will VPC be protected by the OS X firewall or does it need to be running its own firewall (such as the one with XP SP2)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. bubbamac macrumors 6502

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    Your Windows machine running under VPC will not take advantage of OSX's firewall. Get yourself some ZoneAlarm action.

    Anti-virus... you really should. I don't, but should.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So I don't use VPC, but I'm curious about this answer. Isn't VPC a software program like any other, that must access network ports through the OS? Granted that VPC will not block an attempt at port access by a Win program, but will pass it to OS X, won't OS X then block the port if it is not permitted? Likewise, if a transmission is pinged incoming, it has to get through the OS X firewall to get to VPC to get to Windows, doesn't it?
     

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