Windows on Mac . . . Virus Question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by lugesm, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. lugesm macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    If I load Parallels or Fusion but DO NOT go on the Internet with anything other than Safari-3, am I safe from any virus that might invade the installed Windows program? I do not read disks or files from anyone else in Windows.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You can turn networking off to the virtual machine.

    Failing that unplugging the cable seems to work too. :D
  3. nemex macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    If you go to the internet using Windows running under VMWare or Parallels (Bootcamp or virtual machine) even with Safari 3 for windows, you are still running Windows, so you are potentially exposed to get a virus. In that case you most likely will need to recreate your windows machine, or if you have a clean snapshot you could roll back to a previous state before the virus infected you.

    Cheers :apple:
  4. dcl007 macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm buying Leopard soon and I was wondering that myself, thanks nemex.
  5. multitudes2003 macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2007
    So is the answer to install a virus software in windows

    Nearly 2 weeks ago I switched from PC to Mac (loving every minute :apple:) but am running Windows XP in Parallels for some educational PC software for my children to use (actually those are the minutes when I am a bit nervous:)).

    If I want to get updates for XP I will need to go on line - is the best answer to install a virus software in XP to protect my iMac? Haven't gone on line yet in windows as wasn't sure if would be exposing iMac to viruses so thanks nemex for clearing that one up in your previous post.

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