Virus/Firewall Protection In VPC?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by swiftaw, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I am awaiting my first ever Mac (New 15" Powerbook due Wednesday) and as much as I hate to I will have to run VPC for several things I need at work.

    My question is this, obviously i will need some kind of antivirus program running in VPC to protect XP, but what about a firewall. Will VPC be protected by the OS X firewall or does it need to be running its own firewall (such as the one with XP SP2)

    Thanks in advance.
  2. bubbamac macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2003
    Your Windows machine running under VPC will not take advantage of OSX's firewall. Get yourself some ZoneAlarm action.

    Anti-virus... you really should. I don't, but should.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    So I don't use VPC, but I'm curious about this answer. Isn't VPC a software program like any other, that must access network ports through the OS? Granted that VPC will not block an attempt at port access by a Win program, but will pass it to OS X, won't OS X then block the port if it is not permitted? Likewise, if a transmission is pinged incoming, it has to get through the OS X firewall to get to VPC to get to Windows, doesn't it?

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