windows on a mac - anti-virus

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ixoye8, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. ixoye8 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    I understand that i do not need anti-virus while on the mac and if running windows there are virus possibiliites. If i do not connect to the internet while running windows, do i still need anti-virus. I also use an airport router.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The means of connection is meaningless.

    Windows will ALWAYS need anti-virus. Get AVG Free. It's free.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Most things that affect Windows will not affect you Mac, so you can simply remove it and reinstall (or keep a ghosted image an replace the virus infested one with that one.

    You can just prevent it from access the internet, or get a free/cheap anti-virus, like AVG Antivirus.

  4. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    As long as you do not connect Windows to the internet, or insert infected files into the VM, you should be fine. For a good all round piece of protection, grab Avast! antivirus which includes anti-spyware, etc. and is free for home use.
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    While not connecting to the internet you can still technically get infected through files transferred from usb sticks, etc.

    My rule of thumb is "when running windows have some sort of anti virus regardless of usage" You may get one through means you probably didn't think about so it's always good to have 'just in case'.

    But I wouldn't go out and spend good cash on em. I'd look for cheap "run as needed" solutions like adaware and spybot.
  6. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    I use AVG 8, the free version which is an anti-virus and anti-spyware package,

    I also use ccleaner daily to get rid of lots of other rubbish.
  7. ixoye8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    You could also try Spyware Doctor by pctools. It's free if you use Google Pack.
    If you want, choose it as the sole product to download. ;) :)
  9. techguy101 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    well if you get an virus your an idiot

    the only reason why'd you'd get a virus is if you are an idiot/ your surfing porn/ using limewire/ bittorrent...

    and guys macs get viruses too... its just that windows is more popular which therefore means people code for windows

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