Windows 7 running in Parallel needs Virus protection?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bamabww, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Bamabww macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    I still have a few PC based software programs I can't use without having Windows so I installed the Mac program Parallel. Do I need to install an "anti everything" protection software when I open Parallel to run my Windows programs?
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    No unless you go crazy on pron and other malware sucking websites!
  3. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I don't know if it's necessary but I use AVG free. I barely use Windows though.
  4. Typswif2fingers macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    I've used W7 (and now using W8) mainly for MSOffice applications and did never bother with any protection (apart from the one that comes with the Windows, I believe it's Defender, not sure).

    For me it was a matter of risk assessment. I don't use W for Web browsing of any sort.

    Not sure if it was (is) wise. So far, never had any problems.
  5. tran.man48 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011
    If you don't plan on using the internet through windows, you will not necessarily need antivirus and spyware protection, etc. However, you can still get viruses through certain files that you may copy into your parallels. I would recommend you install Microsoft Security Essentials at the very least. It's free, lightweight and stays out of the way.

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