Can Parallels 7 virtual machine virus affect laptop?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pjny, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    I've installed a virtual Lion machine using Parallels 7 on Macbook Pro 13" 2010 using latest build of Lion.

    I will be installing and testing some software from third parties and want to ensure my machine is not compromised by keylogging or other malicious software. I already checked the "Isolate Mac from Virtual Machine" on Parallels after taking a snapshot of the original Lion install.

    Is there anyway malicious software migrate to Lion on my laptop or other computers on my wireless router. I don't have a network drive. I am using a wireless linksys router in a Mac and PC household.

    Will reinstalling the virtual Lion install from the first snapshot also kill any instance of a virus? Thanks. I used Windows for 20 years and was always very careful about getting any viruses.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    If you've taken measures to isolate Mac OS X from Windows and Windows from Mac OS X, then the answer is no - viruses will be unable to cross the barrier between your virtual machine and your host OS.

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