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If you instaill windows xp on ur mac book and have parallels running and stuff. Can you get viruses since macs rarely viruses. Are you opening your macbook to the potential on a pc running xp on it?
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windows gets virues, not the hardware, therefore, any time windows is running, your computer can get one.

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Yes, running windows opens your mac to all the virus' that a normal windows pc would be open to.
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If you instaill windows xp on ur mac book and have parallels running and stuff. Can you get viruses since macs rarely viruses. Are you opening your macbook to the potential on a pc running xp on it?
PLEASE use the search feature at the top of the forum. This has been discussed many times and you'll find some good answers.

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If you instaill windows xp on ur mac book and have parallels running and stuff. Can you get viruses since macs rarely viruses. Are you opening your macbook to the potential on a pc running xp on it?
You will certainly be exposed to viruses if you install Windows no matter which hardware architecture you use. The good news is, the infection to XP would not hurt your OS X. It is a operating system by its own and viruses written to XP cannot be run on OS X.
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