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  1. #1

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    Nov 17, 2010
    Newbie needs help with antivirus software...
    Hi all,

    I'm new to posting on Mac Forums, but I have used it a few times over the years for research, so thank you for that :-)

    I have crossed over to the darkside today and installed Parallels 6 and Windows 7 onto my MacBook Pro, purely because I needed to use Sage software for a course I'm doing.

    Can anyone recommend a good and preferably free, antivirus program for the Windows bit? And also I know I have installed Parallels so that I can run everything at the same time without having to reboot, but for the times (probably 50%) when I don't need to be running Sage, how do I turn off the Windows bit?

    Ta all,


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    Jan 23, 2008
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    I highly recommend the free "Microsoft Security Essentials". I use it on all my Win machines. It's free, self updating, works for AV, anti-malware, and is rated fairly high by PC Mag and others.

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    Oct 23, 2010
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    MSE is a good choice, as is Avast! and Avira.

    I have used Avira for years, never had any issues. Only thing that can be annoying with Avira is it has ads sometimes.

    Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus
    avast! Free Antivirus - Download Software for Virus Protection

    Either of these 3 are all great options and will not disappoint.

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    AVG for free has no ads and as its name suggests its free.

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    I also recommend MSE. Free, does the job.
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  6. #6

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    Nov 17, 2010
    Fabulous, thank you people. I have gone for MSE :-)

    And I've worked out how to turn off Windows 7 as well. Was much easier than I thought.... I think my brain is addled! (and also I've been Mac-ified for too many years now!)

    Thanks peeps.


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