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Windows 7: XP Mode - Install Antivirus?

09 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
XP Mode - Install Antivirus?

Is it necessary to install Internet Security software on XP in XP Mode? Or, does the host machine Internet Security software provide all the necessary protection?


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09 Dec 2015   #2


Any PC virtual or not requires its own AV software if connected to the net or anywhere it could get infected from.
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09 Dec 2015   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Thanks for the clarification.
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09 Dec 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

An OS running under a virtual machine is just as subject to infection as a physical computer. An AV product running on the host could provide very little protection to an OS running under a virtual machine. The host computer would have a level of protection from infection from a client OS but if it shares data that door would be open. I don't know if there have been any cases of direct infection from a client OS but I am sure that malware authors have been considering the possibilities.

Also understand that XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and AV product suppliers have warned that such systems can be provided with only limited protection. That situation will only get worse as time goes by.
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