Do I need to Install an Antivirus on Windows 8 running on Parallels?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by HighTime, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. HighTime macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2014
    Hello folks,

    I'm running Windows on my iMac with Parallels, do I have to install a bloody antivirus as it is suggesting to me when I run Windows? And do I have to update Windows too as I would if it were on a PC? Is it necessary?

    Thank you.
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I just used an application MS provided in Windows 8.

    And made a backup copy of the virtual machine. If it got infected I'd just delete the machine and start again with the backup.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You should treat your Windows Virtual Machine in Parallels just like you would any Windows install on a PC

    I don't have any 3rd party AV installed on my VM, I just have my Windows installation set to automatically install updates, including Windows Defender
  4. Frosties, Feb 9, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015

    Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    Just install Microsoft own free antivirus. And yes you have to keep it updated as you would any other software. Just have it autoupdate.

    And you have to keep parallells updated and so on pursued ad absurdum.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Microsoft Defender continues to rate down near the bottom of the barrel on anti-virus tests. I'd not take a chance. I'd recommend kaspersky or Avast.
  6. HighTime thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2014
    Thank you all for your replies, made it all clearer.

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