Updates and Anti- Virus?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Star Destroyer, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

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    I just installed XP pro SP2 on my macbook with Fusion.
    Do i need to worry about getting all the microsoft updates, and buying an anti virus software for the windows material ?

    Also, can i get windows viruses now? and will it affect my macbook when fusion is not running? (or will it be limited to only when i am running fusion)

    Thanks,
    Star
     
  2. webgoat macrumors 6502a

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    shut the virtual machine down... open the virtual machine library window... select the virtual machine you want to change the settings for and select settings at the bottom
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I think you are in the wrong thread.

    OP, yes you need to update and run AV, since you are running a windows machine. However if the machine does get a virus, it will only affect the windows side, and not the OS X side.
     
  4. tersono macrumors 68000

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    You do need AV, but save your money. Try the free version of AVG - it works perfectly well and doesn't cost a dime.

    (free.grisoft.com IIRC)
     
  5. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no, sorry he is not in the wrong thread, that is what i had originally posted. But literally 5 seconds after posting i tried just that and it worked, and i couldnt delete the thread completely so i just changed it to another question i was wondering about..

    sorry to cause confusion. :S
     
  6. webgoat macrumors 6502a

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    haha thanks for clearing that up cause i thought i was losing my mind for a second
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Ahh, makes sense, I saw a thread title with a question that fit his answer and thought maybe he accidentally hit the wrong thread.
     
  8. cbrain macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Personally, I prefer to use Windows Live OneCare as my AV as you get a license to install it on up to 3 machines. It also includes Backup and "TuneUp" software.

    My 500th Post!!! :eek:
     
  9. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

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    In short, you will have to do anything you would have to do on a regular Windows machine. Period.

    You don't have to afraid of infecting the OS X side of the machine, but your virtual machine is just as vulnerable as it would have been otherwise.

    There is one bright side that I noticed in my work (computer security/programming) and that is that these days many infections don't run on a virtual machine. So in this case that is a blessing.
     

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