Mac with Windows and viruses

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  1. Ardoptres macrumors regular

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    While I am so happy with my Macs, and will never go back ti Windows, I've come to realize that I just need to have it in order to do proper schoolwork.

    I have been toying with the idea of installing Windows, but I know it opens up for all the Windows viruses. Though, can I get infected with these viruses while working in the OSX partition? Except for downloading a few apps onto Windows, i won't be online.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    If you install Windows, you need to install some kind of anti-virus software. It doesn't matter if you use Boot Camp, Fusion or Parallels, you need to be protected.

    A Windows virus cannot affect your OS X partition though.
     
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    If I install Windows, i will be using google, go to a few sites to download some apps, and that's it. Where is the chance of getting infected?
     
  7. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can they dig their way onto the windows partition and infect my computer though. (Judging by Dawg's answer, the answer is no)
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    "using google, going to a few sites to download some apps"

    no

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  9. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can I seriously get infected by just searching on google? Or is it just by ACCESSING the internet?
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    visiting questionable sites and downloading files CAN result in malware, trojans, viruses, etc.

    it is not necessarily inevitable, but it is possible
    windows is doing a better job in this regard
    always use common sense and practice safe computing

    there are a number of good, free antivirus programs for windows
    AVG Free
    Avira

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  11. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    All I can think of right now is downloading the app (is it only called that in OSX) Graph. The rest i can get on my school's internet server.
     
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    If MacDawg's reply isn't clear to you, just by going onto the internet you expose yourself to virii. So, you need virus software for Windows, but no, it can't get over to the OSX partition. So, if you don't mind getting a virus in Windows and having to redo your partition, then it won't matter to you.
     
  13. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Typically...
    OSX = Applications
    Windows = Programs

    Let's be clear here...

    On the Mac side, the best antivirus is common sense and safe computing. There are NO viruses that target OSX. There are trojans, and there is a difference. Trojans require you download and install, using the administrator's password. That is where common sense and safe computing comes into play. Most notable are the trojans associated with the torrents for iLife 09 and CS4, along with a few porn sites. Windows viruses will not infect OSX, but they can be passed on to Windows users. ClamXav does a nice job of identifying these.

    On the Windows side, there are free antivirus programs available and are advisable because there is a fair amount of risk in accessing sites and downloading files.

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  14. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, great. Thanks.

    If i use Parallels, is it still only the Windows partition that is exposed to Windows viruses (Is there a term for all the bad stuff? When I say virus, I mean trojans, malware and whatever more there is)?
     
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    Yes

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  16. santamaria macrumors newbie

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    The safest way to use Windows on a Mac is never to allow Windows to connect to the internet. When you install Windows on your Mac, never turn on any of the features that give Windows access to the internet. (In Parallels, choose the option to NOT let Windows connect through your Mac. In Boot Camp, simply do not enable any of the internet access features.) The moment you expose Windows to the internet, you will be under attack from malware of all kinds, even without your doing anything else.

    To download Windows programs safely: While using OS X, connect to the internet and download the Windows programs to your Mac hard drive. Then manually move them to the Windows partition of your hard drive -- you can do this in Boot Camp or Parallels. Then start working in Windows and install the program from there. This will keep your Windows partition safe from exposure to viruses, trojans, etc (unless the malware is buried in the code for the program, of course).
     
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    That's great advice, but completely impractical.

     
  18. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    @santamaria: I've never had a virus. However, I use virus software. I've had attempts to put a virus on my computer, but it always gets stopped.
     
  19. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great advice. Thanks.
     
  20. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Agreed, and overkill in my opinion

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  21. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's worth the hassle for a few programs. Now I don't even have to use the internet on windows at all.
     
  22. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Why do you think you're not going to get a virus downloading an executable file onto your Mac and copying it over to your Windows partition and running it??
     
  23. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because the program won't have a virus. That's not my concern.
     

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