Macbook Pro, Parallels, Win 7 virus question

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

  1. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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  4. Resqu2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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