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Windows 7: Do I need to install an anti-virus software in Virtual XP Mode?

16 Oct 2011   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My understanding is that if you share anything from VM to your computer you can get infected. I would use MSE on the VM.


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16 Oct 2011   #12
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
My understanding is that if you share anything from VM to your computer you can get infected. I would use MSE on the VM.
I am a bit concerned that using MSE in VM would conflict with KIS on my host computer.

I am not familiar with VM's. I think of it as two hdd's with different OS's on each. If that is an accurate example then having MSE on the VM and KIS on the host machine should not present any problems of conflict.

What are your thoughts on that?
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16 Oct 2011   #13
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Actually you can think of it as two different computers, each with their own HD and OS.

So no, there should be no conflict between MSE and KIS just as there is obviously no conflict between the two
operating systems running in tandem.
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16 Oct 2011   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My understanding their should be no problem.
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17 Oct 2011   #15
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
I wouldn't worry too much about running an antivirus inside a virtual machine actually, since your real system is already protected. That said, you could install a different (free) antivirus if you really want to, it doesn't have to be the same product - alternatively you can simply disable the security warning in XP.
I have some difficulties to understand this statement. A virtual machine is like any other computer, a physical or a virtual one. So, this is almost the same than saying (modified your statement a bit):
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I wouldn't worry too much about running an antivirus on your other computers actually, since your main system is already protected.
Of course there are different opinions on the importance of AV-protection and Firewall. Some people do not use any, some try to set their computers up as tightly protected as Fort Knox. Me, personally I like to stay on the safe side, using Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Firewall on every rig I have, on real physical ones as well as on virtual machines. This combination gives quite a comprehensive protection, at least I have been satisfied and never had any infection problems.

Because a virtual machine acts and behaves like any other individual computer on your network, it does not have to have the same AV-protection than other computers but it needs some (personal opinion, as mentioned above). You can have Norton on XP Mode, Avira on your main rig, MSE on a Windows Vista virtual machine and so on.

Kari
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16 May 2012   #16
pooly1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

You could just use Microsoft security essentials, it is free and is worth it if you are worried
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02 Jun 2012   #17
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

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....... alternatively you can simply disable the security warning in XP.

How do I disable this annoying baloon "Your system may be at risk" on VirtualBox?

Flores
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02 Jun 2012   #18
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I can't seem to find a tutorial here for that, so I suggest reading this from how to geek

If there is one of our own tutorials please let me know, anyone.
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03 Jun 2012   #19
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

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.... so I suggest reading this from how to geek

Hello cyclic,

It worked.
Thanks.

Flores
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04 Jun 2012   #20
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I run MSE in all of my VMs that run Windows client OSes. I'm not sure why someone would think there's a conflict between that and the AV on the host. That would defeat the very purpose of virtualizing.
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