is norton for windows needed for bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by austin571, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. austin571 macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2009
    I switched to Mac last month after both my personal and work PCs were having major problems.
    I have the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
    I still have a couple windows based programs that are not mac comp. Bootcamp tells me I need windows xp sp2 or higher. I had problems with Vista so I found a retailer with xp home sp2. That should be delivered Monday.
    Couple of questions as I was reading - do I reformat to FAT32 or NTFS. I was thinking about a partition of 100 not just 32.
    Second, I have Norton for mac already installed. Will I need to install Norton for windows on the windows side?
  2. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    1. I recommend NTFS, its just better (plus fat32 can't handle over 32g)
    2. Yes, you probably will need some sort of virus protection on the windows side. something free like AVG or Avast w/ a firewall like zonealarm should do the trick.
  3. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement
    the short answer is yes, and you'll probably also need a new license unless Norton's EULA is piss poor.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    My understanding is that Windows under Bootcamp is still Windows. Any and all precautions that are normally used with Windows, ie, Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, etc. should be used with Windows under Bootcamp.
  5. Talarspeed macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2009
    Do you still need antivirus on a virtual Windows install if you are running VMWare or Parallels?
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It doesn't matter if you're running windows in vmware or bootcamp. You still need to run some sort of antivirus application, whether its norton, or McAfee (or some other). The risks of getting infected are still just as high as if you were on a PC. While the odds are rather low (almost nil) that any virus would affect the OSX side, it doesn't matter. You'll still be dealing with the virus on windows and the headaches that ensure.

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