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I plan to buy an iMac soon and run a few windows programs on it. Will I need anti virus protection if I only go online with the Mac software and not the Windows software?
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Viruses are just PC programs, so they'll effect the Windows side of things, but not OS X.

Use AVG Antivirus with Windows, but that's all you'll need.
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I plan to buy an iMac soon and run a few windows programs on it. Will I need anti virus protection if I only go online with the Mac software and not the Windows software?
If your NOT connecting to the internet for even a second, ever... that means no email either.... then no.... you won't need any AV apps. Honestly though, there are some great freeware AV, so I don't know why you want to be without it.
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In general, there are few if any virus' for Macs. However, if you ARE worried, consider the open source ClamAV antivirus. This is a well respected, mature, multi platform AV. I have used it on both Linux and Windows, and it works well. The Mac port can be found at:

http://www.clamxav.com/

My only usage comment would be that the AV scanner is not the speediest thing in the world. Plan to give it a few HOURS to go through everything. It is VERY thorough.

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I plan to buy an iMac soon and run a few windows programs on it. Will I need anti virus protection if I only go online with the Mac software and not the Windows software?
Everything depends on how you behave online and with the software you choose to add to your computer but in general: "no". You don't need AV.
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