Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Can you get viruses on Parallels?

    Member Since
    Aug 22, 2006
    Posts
    218
    Can you get viruses on Parallels?
    I know I have heard that with Boot camp you can of course get Windows Viruses but with Parallels since it's virtualization you can't. This sounds too good to be true but is it true you can't get Windows viruses on Parallels? What about spyware, etc? For example should I still use spyware checkers, virus checkers, a firewall, etc all on Parallels?

  2. #2
    Can you get viruses on Parallels?
    Aptmunich's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 09, 2004
    Location
    Munich
    Posts
    9,073
    Specs:
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Parallels merely enables you to run a separate OS on top of OS X.

    So whilst you're in that environment, you're susceptible to all of Windows' shortcomings.

    So, yes you still need to run virus/spyware/trojan scanners.

    Since Parallels uses your macs connection to connect to the internet you should be covered by OS X's firewall, so I don't think you really need a separate windows firewall.

  3. #3
    Can you get viruses on Parallels?
    D3v1L80Y's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2004
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    12,456
    Specs:
    MacBook
    Quote Originally Posted by markw10 View Post
    I know I have heard that with Boot camp you can of course get Windows Viruses but with Parallels since it's virtualization you can't. This sounds too good to be true ...
    That sounds too good to be true because it isn't. Windows will always be susceptable to Windows viruses. It makes no difference if it is running natively or under emulation in OS X. Whoever told you that you can't get viruses in Windows running under Parallels is just plain wrong. :black:
    __________________________________________________
    Posting and YOU|Forum Community Guidelines|The Apple Product Cycle|Forum Courtesy

    mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
    Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.


  4. #4
    Can you get viruses on Parallels?

    Member Since
    Aug 22, 2006
    Posts
    218
    I figured that was too good to be true. Let's say I do get a virus though on the Windows side and it wipes out a lot of files, etc. Whatever damage the virus does is that limited to my Windows side meaning it would potentially wipe out my files, data, etc. on the Windows side but not affect anything on the Mac OS side or can it basically affect the whole computer? I think the key either way is anything you can run on the Mac OS X side do it, don't use Windows software unless you have to. My MBP just arrived an hour ago so I'm going to be working on that now.

  5. #5
    Can you get viruses on Parallels?
    captclose's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 02, 2006
    Posts
    56
    Quote Originally Posted by markw10 View Post
    I figured that was too good to be true. Let's say I do get a virus though on the Windows side and it wipes out a lot of files, etc. Whatever damage the virus does is that limited to my Windows side meaning it would potentially wipe out my files, data, etc. on the Windows side but not affect anything on the Mac OS side or can it basically affect the whole computer? I think the key either way is anything you can run on the Mac OS X side do it, don't use Windows software unless you have to. My MBP just arrived an hour ago so I'm going to be working on that now.
    Windows viruses will ONLY affect your Windows partition and have NO affect on your Mac OS or files. However, you still need to be concerned with spreading viruses to other PC's. Your best bet is to run AV software on all your Windows machines including your virtual machines.


    MacBook 2.0Ghz - 2Gig RAM - 60GB HD / 4GB iPod Nano
    Recent Windows Convert

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Viruses
    By kribensis12 in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 04-18-2011, 12:47 PM
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-22-2009, 11:01 PM
  3. parallels and viruses
    By seadonkey in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-02-2007, 05:59 PM
  4. Conflicking answers to viruses w/Parallels & Mac
    By soul60s in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 10-15-2006, 12:16 PM
  5. Mac viruses VS. PC viruses
    By dziner in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 09-04-2003, 08:35 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •