Can you get a virus from virtualization software?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by erandall38, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. erandall38 macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2007
    Running XP on Paralles. Do I need to worry about getting virus on that side of the machine? Can it cross over to my documents and such on my mac side? Do I need virus protection of some sort? Not really familiar with how all this works.

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    It is Windows... so yes, you need protection on the Windows side
    It won't affect your Mac, but even under Parallels you are truly running windows

    There are some free virus scans available for Windows

    Woof, Woof – Dawg [​IMG]
  3. erandall38 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2007
    Thanks for the reply.
    Do you recommend any virus protection software?
    Havent used windows for ages!
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    grisoft avg
    there is a free version.

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