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    Question Do I Need Anti-Virus When Running XP
    I purchase VM Ware's Fusion 2 for running some XP stuff. Am I protected via the Mac or do I need to install my XP Anti-Virus?
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    You need anitvirus for XP VM session. It should come with Virus software for Windows.

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    Ditto what Prolanman stated. A VM is NO different than any other Windows machine.

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    Like the others said, your VM will be susceptible to viruses much like a regular Windows install. If you do get one, it will be contained to the VM though. As such, I suggest that right after you install and activate Windows, you should copy the virtual hard disk elsewhere so, should something go wrong, you can copy the virtual HD back and have an already installed and activated copy of Windows ready to go.
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    Download and use one of the free programs such as AVG version 8.5:-

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    I use VMWare Fusion on my iMac and I don't have any virus protection at all on Windows. I did make an image of the operating system just after installing XP and before connecting the vm to the network. And each time, before going online, I make an image backup so that if I get stupid and get a virus, I can whack the image and replace it with an uninfected on. Not much is lost but the virus. The latest Fusion even lets me keep multiple images, so I don't have to overwrite a good one with a possibly infected one.

    XP without the overhead of AV is much nicer, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakerich View Post
    I use VMWare Fusion on my iMac and I don't have any virus protection at all on Windows. I did make an image of the operating system just after installing XP and before connecting the vm to the network. And each time, before going online, I make an image backup so that if I get stupid and get a virus, I can whack the image and replace it with an uninfected on. Not much is lost but the virus. The latest Fusion even lets me keep multiple images, so I don't have to overwrite a good one with a possibly infected one.

    XP without the overhead of AV is much nicer, btw.
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    The programs I use in XP are not dependent on the internet, so I just disable the connection. I also don't import any files that could be contaminated. Therefore, I don't need or use a Anti-virus program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoweed View Post
    The programs I use in XP are not dependent on the internet, so I just disable the connection. I also don't import any files that could be contaminated. Therefore, I don't need or use a Anti-virus program.
    I plan to do that also. Could you explain how to disable XP from using the internet?

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    Just disable it in your respective virtualization product. I don't use Fusion but in VirtualBox, you simply select your VM > Settings > Network > uncheck "Enable Network Adapter". This should disable your network adapter for the VM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Just disable it in your respective virtualization product. I don't use Fusion but in VirtualBox, you simply select your VM > Settings > Network > uncheck "Enable Network Adapter". This should disable your network adapter for the VM.
    I should have been more clear. I'm runnning a separate XP computer and once I get everything possible moved from it over to my new MBP, I want to disconnect the XP computer from the Internet, disable virus stuff, etc. I still want the XP computer on my network so it can communicate with the Mac. Is that possible?

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