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hey just wondering while running windows through boot camp, will any of the windows viruses effect the system or any hardware? thanks
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If you by "system" mean the Mac OS X partition, nope

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Well if you are planning on running only OS X, then not a chance. If you run Windows via Bootcamp, then yes, it could potentially damage your 'system'.
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Agree with goobimama. When running XP through Virtual PC was always good advise to run an antivirus program such as AVG as it could infect the Windows OS.
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A virus will damage your Windows operating system, software, and data.

Anything that's solely part of OS X will be completely safe.

Not sure about any "Shared" folders. I suspect those are in danger, too.
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Not sure about any "Shared" folders. I suspect those are in danger, too.
A windows virus will only run under windows and infect files run by windows programs

Any file opened by your windows installation or a shared folder could potentially be infected.

The virus will not run on Mac OS X and will not be able to harm Mac applications, OS X or spread to any files on your OS X system.

The only way mac OS X can spread a windows virus is if you choose to mail an infected file to a windows user
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so it'll just effect the partition and the operating system it self.. thats what i figured thanks
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Mac has NO Viruses, it will not effect the system at all.
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Mac has NO Viruses, it will not effect the system at all.
that is not true...
http://antivirus.about.com/od/macint..._Resources.htm
http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/ne...ty-report.html
however, there are far fewer viruses designed to target mac's, and you are less likely to be infected with a virus

but to answer your question Koehler09, if you get a virus on your bootcamp install, it will not "carry over" to osx.


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^^ Yeah but even for those 'non-viruses', you need to provide an admin/password or they won't be able to do anything at all.
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