If i run windows 7 on parallels and get a virus, does it affect my OSX?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Willyee3, May 3, 2011.

  1. Willyee3 macrumors member

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    Like the topic... i want to put windows on my comp for a few applications and games on windows... im just afraid if i do so... i might get a virus or 2 and somehow affect my comp... im a newbie so im just looking for the advice to set me straight!

    thank you all for your input!
     
  2. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    First of all, don't get your head in a spin about viruses. Get a good anti-virus for Windows 7 and use common sense online and you should be fine.

    If your Windows OS does get a virus your Mac OS should be fine. There is little malware for Mac, and no viruses (using a strict definition). Viruses don't tend to break the hardware on a computer!
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A Windows virus can't run on Mac OS X and can't affect your Mac partition, unless you go through several deliberate steps to make that possible (which you're not likely to do). As recommended, use a good anti-virus for Windows and don't worry about Mac OS X. There has never been a virus in the wild that affects Mac OS X since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some education and common sense and care in what software you install:
     
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