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


16 Oct 2011   #1

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Do I need to install an anti-virus software in Virtual XP Mode?

Greetings,

I have Kaspersky Internet Security installed on my pc that has Windows 7 Ultimate as its OS. I am beginning to become acquainted with Windows Virtual PC XP Mode. When I open the XP Mode I get a pop-up from the security center that I need to install an anti-virus software.

My KIS license is only for one pc. If I try to install it a 2nd time for the XP Mode it will be seen as installing KIS on two pc's (?).

Any ideas or solutions?

Thanks.


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16 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

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.
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16 Oct 2011   #3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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.
My thinking is this: my host pc has KIS installed therefore the installation of an anti-virus software in Virtual PC is unnecessary.

I will take your suggestion and disable the security warning in XP.

I thought to post my question because of not being sure that I could get a virus via the browser being used in XP Mode.

Thanks.
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16 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

It's probably still possible - I just think that an infection would be limited to the virtual machine and not 'cross over' into the host system. Thus my suggestion that, if you change your mind, you install a free antivirus such as Avast or AVG so you don't have the license issue with KIS.
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16 Oct 2011   #5

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You are probably right. An infection is possible if I am online in the virtual machine. I consider a free anti-virus. Doesn't Microsoft have one?

BTW, do you know how I can transfer or copy files from the virtual machines to be used in my host pc?
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16 Oct 2011   #6

Ubuntu
 
 

Share a folder on the host and then map it from the virtual machine.
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16 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
It's probably still possible - I just think that an infection would be limited to the virtual machine and not 'cross over' into the host system. Thus my suggestion that, if you change your mind, you install a free antivirus such as Avast or AVG so you don't have the license issue with KIS.
If you shut off networking, then yes...it's not likely going to pass onto other machines. Unless of course, you have mapped shares between the host and the guest and then it could pass that way.

Remember, unless it's a network isolated VM, it's no real different from any other machine.
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16 Oct 2011   #8

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by New123 View Post
Share a folder on the host and then map it from the virtual machine.
Can you pretend that you are speaking to someone who is new to XP Mode and explain step for step how to do what you have suggested because I really have no idea how to do what you prescribe.
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16 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by C32C3 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by New123 View Post
Share a folder on the host and then map it from the virtual machine.
Can you pretend that you are speaking to someone who is new to XP Mode and explain step for step how to do what you have suggested because I really have no idea how to do what you prescribe.
Here you go, this should do the trick,
Share Files Between Your Host Machine and XP Mode [How To] | Software Guides | Windows Tools, Help & Guides
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16 Oct 2011   #10

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow! Thanks a lot. I have to read through the information provided on the link you sent but with a glance over it seems to be exactly what I need.

BTW, do you know how to send emails from the XP Mode? I tried via Express but all have attempts have failed; the same goes for OutLook.
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