Macbook running windows XP potential to viruses?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Sniper78, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. Sniper78 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2006
    If you instaill windows xp on ur mac book and have parallels running and stuff. Can you get viruses since macs rarely viruses. Are you opening your macbook to the potential on a pc running xp on it?
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Yes, a Mac is as vulnerable as a PC when running Windows.
  3. AussieSusan macrumors member

    May 29, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    The Windows OS running inside Parallels certainly IS vulnerable. You should take all of the precautions that you would with any system running Windows.

    Having said that, I don't think the OS X side of things is any more vulnerable. Unless the virus talks through the shared folders to the OS X directories and drops something there, I don't think there is any danger. Even then, the virus would have to be Mac-oriented which would be a risk to the Mac anyway.

    I run Windows XP inside Parallels with full virus protection and never had any problems with either it or my Mac.

  4. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I don't think XP on Parallels is all that vulnerable to viruses and worms, at least out of the box. Your OS X firewall (you DO have it on, don't you?) will by default block access to the XP ports that might be vulnerable, and I'd think it's unlikely you're using XP to check your mail (or even browse the web much). So the likely attack vectors are just not there.

    Boot Camp would be another matter - but it's still only a problem for the XP partition. XP can't write to HFS+ unless you've installed something like MacDrive.

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