anti virus & firewall

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by littlewaywelt, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. littlewaywelt macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    I installed Parallels the other day along with XP home, so that I can run a few key programs that won't run on mac.

    Do I need to enable the firewall and install an antivirus program and subscription? Is the computer only accessible to that type of malware when Parallels is open and running?

    I really don't understand how this whole emulation/virtual thing works, depsite reading the wiki on it.
  2. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    you still need to install av and firewall (although I just use the inbuilt windows one with a hardware firewall in my router), AVG has a free antivirus program that is highly regarded or you could go for the paid options such as kaspersky or nod32.
  3. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    When I installed Parallels on a friend's MBP, Parallels included kaspersky anti-virus free. It's an install option in Parallels. Did I mention it was free?
  4. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    in addition to AV and firewall, imho it's best to disable/limit parallels' access to OS X's folders. even though the possibility is close to zero, theoretically someone can gain access to OS X by the folder sharing feature in parallels. i haven't played w/ parallels for a while, but iirc you can configure it by opening parallels > configurations > shared folders

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