running windows on macbook and viruses

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Pjoseph, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Pjoseph macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    I will be running windows on my macbook and wanted to know if I will now need to install a anti virus program to protect it when running in windows mode?

    Also if yes I do need an anti-virus program if anyone has suggestions on which is the best to run I would appreciate it.

  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's always a good thing to get some type of anti-virus program for windows. I use Win7 on BootCamp and run AVG Free. I don't do a lot with the Windows side, no emails or anything. If you do a lot I would suggest TrendMicro.
  3. kikedeolivos macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009

    I also use AVG free on my XP partition.
  4. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    What I want to know is can viruses on your windows partition affect your mac partition at all. I would assume no, but who knows what the hell else windows has ****ed up -.-
  5. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    It shouldn't be able to affect the OSX partition, but if you have added Windows software that allows read/write access to the OSX partition, then it could theoretically at least erase files to screw things up. It could also mess up the partition table leaving the computer unable to read from either partition, especially since Widows viruses expect an MBR partition table and your Mac should probably have a GUID partition table which the virus can mess up just by trying to insert data.

    I use the free Avast for my Windows virtual machine on my Mac.

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