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Virtual Machine security

Post by Gilgamesh » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:38 pm

Question from the technically challenged...

When you have a VM ware XP session within your Win7 machine, do you need a seperate anti-virus setup for XP or is it covered by the antivirus for your Win7?
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Re: Virtual Machine security

Post by Havok » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:42 pm

Gilgamesh wrote:Question from the technically challenged...

When you have a VM ware XP session within your Win7 machine, do you need a seperate anti-virus setup for XP or is it covered by the antivirus for your Win7?
If you're going to surf the web and such with that virtual OS, Yes.

One of the free ones will be fine. AVG, Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials...etc...

If you're just using it for VGAP then you can probably go without.
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Post by Gilgamesh » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:43 pm

Thanks - I'll take care of that tonight before something nasty happens....
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Post by DarthHavoc2 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:54 am

I could be wrong but I don't think the virtual OS is covered by your usual anti-virus/firewall combo. Just to be safe, I downloaded the ZoneAlarm firewall onto my vmware virtual OS and locked down all internet traffic to protect against a random IP attack. It might be overkill but I feel better securing a potential back door into my PC.
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Post by Havok » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:07 pm

A virtual OS is definitely not protected by the main OS. So you definitely want to have some security on it if you plan to take it online.
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Post by Gilgamesh » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:29 pm

I loaded AVG last night. Seems to be OK so far.
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Post by Havok » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:21 pm

Gilgamesh wrote:I loaded AVG last night. Seems to be OK so far.
Any word on your other PC?
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Post by Gilgamesh » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:56 pm

It's working again but on its last legs. I'm getting everything off before it dies.
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