Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Windows on a mac - risks? - macOS Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In Windows on a mac - risks? wicked666 Posted: November 1, 2007 3:43AM in macOS edited January 2014 i know that most virus' out there affect windows so would that mean if I install Win, i'd need some anti-virus software for it?Thanks Comments Reply 1 of 4 yama Posts: 427member November 1, 2007 5:13AM Yes, if you plan on being connected to the internet, installing anti-virus software on Windows is a good idea. Reply 2 of 4 imacfp Posts: 750member November 1, 2007 6:59AM Quote:Originally Posted by Wicked666 i know that most virus' out there affect windows so would that mean if I install Win, i'd need some anti-virus software for it?ThanksIf you're running Windows on your Mac, via Boot Camp, you run the same risks as on a normal PC. Running Parallels would be safer, I'd guess, because it is an application running in OS X. However, I use Parallels and I did download AOL's free virus scanner, etc. just to be safe. Reply 3 of 4 dfiler Posts: 3,420member November 1, 2007 7:37AM Running windows on a mac via bootcamp is _exactly_ the same as running windows on a normal PC. Take the same security precautions as you would normally. Forget that the computer is built by apple because all that matters in terms of viruses what OS is being run. The underlying hardware makes zero difference. Reply 4 of 4 wicked666 Posts: 33member November 1, 2007 8:14AM Thought so. Thanks guys. I've used Nod32 on my PC for the last few years and love it as it doesn't slow the machine at all (unlike norton!). Can't wait to get my first mac in the next couple of weeks! Sign In or Register to comment.