Can Parallels 7 virtual machine virus affect laptop?

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

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    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

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    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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