Setting up VMware Fusion 6: More Seamless or More Isolated option?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Broadus, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Broadus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    I'm in the process of setting up VMware Fusion and have come to the option for choosing the level of integration of sharing files between Windows 8.1 and my Mac.

    "More Seamless" looks attractive, but is there a greater chance of Windows viruses infecting Mac files? Or maybe I'm just paranoid.

    Which would you choose: More Seamless or More Isolated?

  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Best is to put it to isolated. Although Windows viruses cannot infect OS X, it'll still be residing somewhere in the Mac side, and there's a chance that you can pass it on to other Windows users.

    For me, I turned off file sharing and only enabled drag and drop between OS X and Windows.
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I have mine set just like yjchua95. I want to sandbox Windows as much as possible.

    In regards to Windows viruses. If you had everything integrated, I would assume that if a piece of malware such as CryptoLocker infected Windows, it could find your Mac documents and begin encrypting them and hold those files ransom for your cash.

    Years ago, I tried Parallels and they did everything possible to integrate Windows and it's apps to appear to work in OS X and it was extremely annoying. For example, when I right-clicked on a document, I was given all sorts of options to open it with Windows apps which I would never do. This was one of my many gripes with Parallels and I moved to Fusion partially because of how well it can sandbox VMs.

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