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View Poll Results: Is it Smart to Install Boot Camp on Macs?
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Oct 31, 2006, 11:52 AM
Is it wise to install Boot Camp on Macs? (Because of virus's, spyware...)
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Oct 31, 2006, 12:12 PM
Installing the Boot Camp utility will not get you viruses. Installing Windows will. Windows does not see the Mac partition, so a Windows virus will not be able to affect any files on there. Though I guess it could format/repartition the whole disk.

If you run Windows, it's smart to run anti-virus software.
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Oct 31, 2006, 12:14 PM
If you're going to install Windows, just be smart about it. Use Firefox or IE7 and get an AV program running ASAP.

AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition) is a decent, free choice.
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Oct 31, 2006, 10:18 PM
does it void the warranty?
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Nov 1, 2006, 03:17 AM
Originally Posted by frankthetank966 View Post
does it void the warranty?
No, but don't expect Apple to help you out with any Windows problems. As far as they're concerned, they're only giving you the tools to install Windows, but not officially supporting it.

And honestly, Windows is a lot less harmful than a lot of people here think. After all, 95% of computers are running some version of it; do you really think that they all are unusable due to viruses and spyware/adware? Just be smart online: use IE7/Firefox, and don't download untrusted programs from untrustworthy sites.

Oh, and back up your data just in case. Sometimes things do go wrong when you are live-partitioning a disk.

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Nov 1, 2006, 04:17 AM
If you don't have an Intel Mac then it is not very smart to install bootcamp!

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Nov 1, 2006, 07:46 AM
Well people are splitting hairs a little bit about the spyware and virus issue. While obviously bootcamp will not increase your risk to malware but running windows does.

That said if you need to run windows you have two choices
parallels an 80 dollar softwre package that allows windows to run "inside" osx that is no need to reboot the machine. There's both advantages and disadvantages to this.

The other choice is of course is bootcamp. getting infected with a virus within windows should (for the most part) be contained in the windows partition and should not effect osx.

If you still do not want to risk it and don't have a burning desire to run windows then forgo loading bootcamp.
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