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    Default Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    I'm running Windows xp as a guest on virtualbox.

    Is anti-virus software recommended?
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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    A VBox Windows works exactly like a real one, and just as vulnerable, so you should do what you would do with a real one.

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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    Yes, absolutely...it's a real OS connected to the 'net.

    I'm using Panda Cloud Anti-Virus (it's free) on mine right now because it was getting good press. Light on resources too.
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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    Thanks, that's what was my gut was telling me. I just wanted to make sure.

    Just installed AVG
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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    linuxminded wrote:
    > Thanks, that's what was my gut was telling me. I just wanted to make
    > sure.


    but, it may not be required depending on exactly how you use it...

    that is, if you install a known clean image and use it to (say) run
    Office or Photoshop applications only, and only inside the VM (never
    connects to the web, never lets others in the network come into the
    VM, etc) then there is not much to worry about..

    well, _you_ can put an infected CD in the slot to upgrade Photoshop
    (or whatever) and introduce all sorts of bad stuff..

    but, as long as you begin clean and keep it fenced off from ALL
    inputs, then AV is just a cycle user..

    on the other hand: friends don't let friends run Redmond without all
    kinds of security considerations in use..

    so, spend the cycles..

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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    There's one sure way to make Windows absolutely secure...

    Disconnect it from power.

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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    ken yap wrote:
    > There's one sure way to make Windows absolutely secure...
    >
    > Disconnect it from power.


    +2

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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    I don't use AV in my XP VB install.

    Not really worth it since I only use it for certain things.

    I've had this XP VDI going for a little over a year and I've never opened a web browser in it.
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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    I keep a "clean" snapshot of my XP VM. Whenever I feel like there's a need to revert back to the snapshot (messed up configurations, possible virus infections(!), too many unnecessary applications installed ), it'll takes me less than a few seconds.

    Much less hassle if you ask me.
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    Default Re: Is anti-virus needed for windows guest on virutalbox?

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    There's one sure way to make Windows absolutely secure...

    Disconnect it from power.
    Same with Linux... or any other system.

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