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virus vulnerability

by DorisGeiger / September 15, 2007 4:49 AM PDT

I am considering buying a Mac to replace my pc. I understand that Windows can be installed on a Mac. Would that not make the Mac just as suceptable to viruses as a pc? I would need to have Windows installed because of my genealogy program that is not compatible to a Mac operating system. Thanks.

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This has been discussed a bunch of times...
by boya84 / September 15, 2007 6:25 AM PDT
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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 15, 2007 6:55 AM PDT
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If you are running Windows on your Mac, either via BootCamp or Parallels/VMFusion, your Windows OS will be the one to suffer from the virus's. If Windows gets infected, and it will if no precautions are taken, the OS X side will not be effected.

There are many genealogy programs for the Mac so unless you really must have the one you are using now, there may not be a need for you to run Windows on your Mac.


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by DorisGeiger / September 15, 2007 9:32 AM PDT
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Thanks to you both for the help. I have read all the posts and I understand the vulnerabilities. I am attached to my Brother's Keeper genealogy program but it can be put on a computer that is not even connected to the internet. So that settles it....I'll go for a Mac and be done with Windows. Thanks again.

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