Macbook Pro, Parallels, Win 7 virus question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Resqu2, May 15, 2011.

  1. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2011
    Don't shoot me if this has been asked (I'm sure it has) I have a new Macbook Pro, I'm running Parallels 6 w/ Win 7 installed. Parallels is only used to access Quicken Deluxe and nothing else. Everything else is done through the Mac OS.

    What are the suggestions on virus protection for my set up w/ Win 7 running? I feel like I'm ok and do NOT want to have to install any but would feel better if some one can reassure me on this.

    Mods, if there is a better place for this question then please move it for me.
  2. aramosc macrumors regular


    May 4, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    maybe use crossover.. that way you don't have windows at all only certain applications.. but other than that just the usual norton and symantec
  3. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
  4. Resqu2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2011
    Let me ask one more ?, both of the guys in the links were using parallels and accessing the internet, I can understand the threat there but in my case I will never use the net or even check email through anything except the Mac OS.

    Is there anything I can change or remove from the windows side so that it couldn't even see an Internet connection? I really don't want to install anything unless you guys tell me it's really necessary. I just wish Quicken would get off there you know what and put out a full featured product for Mac and I wouldn't need Win 7 on my Mac.

    Thanks guys!
  5. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    You could probably configure parallels to not present a network connection to Windows. Do you share files with the Win7 VM from your Mac? If you ever share anything, data, USB drive to your Win7 VM, I would put an antivirus on it.

    I use VirtualBox and have a Win 7 VM. I put MS Security Essentials on mine. It's lightweight and does not bog things down at all.
  6. Resqu2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2011
    Nothing is shared at all, the wife just uses Quicken on a daily basis but the net and email are in the Mac OS. I have never seen a Windows computer catch a virus that wasn't through either email or a bad web site so I feel pretty safe but I'm new to the Mac world and wanted to put it up for discussion here.
  7. p3t3rsn macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2011

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