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baldie2u
11-23-2007, 01:58 PM
Excuse my naivety but at the moment I have Sophos anti-virus for Mac and use the Apple firewall. If I install windows via Boot Camp on my wifes MacBook Pro do I then also have to install a separate windows firewall and anti virus system?

cwa107
11-23-2007, 04:21 PM
Excuse my naivety but at the moment I have Sophos anti-virus for Mac and use the Apple firewall. If I install windows via Boot Camp on my wifes MacBook Pro do I then also have to install a separate windows firewall and anti virus system?

Sophos anti-virus truly is not necessary. The only thing it's doing is slowing down your Mac. Since there are no viruses for OS X, there's nothing for it to scan for. So, instead, it spends it's time scrutinizing legitimate functionality and slowing it down. Even if an OS X virus is released, you will likely hear about and know how to avoid it long before Sophos produces DAT files (a set of instructions on how to deal with it) to counter it.

With that said, Sophos doesn't scan for Windows viruses. So, if you acquire a Windows virus in Boot Camp, your Boot Camp partition will become infected. You wouldn't have to worry about the Mac partition since Windows viruses have no effect on the Mac whatsoever.

If you're concerned about the integrity of your Boot Camp partition, you can download and install AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (http://free.grisoft.com/), which works quite well and is completely free.

Neo
11-23-2007, 09:30 PM
Yes, and I would direct you here (http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23835) for even more good info.

wrathlon
11-24-2007, 09:54 AM
Sophos anti-virus truly is not necessary. The only thing it's doing is slowing down your Mac. Since there are no viruses for OS X, there's nothing for it to scan for. So, instead, it spends it's time scrutinizing legitimate functionality and slowing it down. Even if an OS X virus is released, you will likely hear about and know how to avoid it long before Sophos produces DAT files (a set of instructions on how to deal with it) to counter it.

With that said, Sophos doesn't scan for Windows viruses. So, if you acquire a Windows virus in Boot Camp, your Boot Camp partition will become infected. You wouldn't have to worry about the Mac partition since Windows viruses have no effect on the Mac whatsoever.

If you're concerned about the integrity of your Boot Camp partition, you can download and install AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (http://free.grisoft.com/), which works quite well and is completely free.

A much better alternative , this coming from someone who troubleshoots and installs windows for all and I mean all family and friends ;D


It is free for the home version as long as you have no intentions of using it commercially

http://www.avast.com/eng/download.html