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Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:58 pm

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Please forgive what may be a dumb question (I am an old guy): Does use of CrossOver expose a Mac user to the customary panoply of Windows malware? Is one more secure sticking purely to OS X?


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Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:50 pm

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Not a dumb question at all.

But the answer is no, CrossOver couldn't get a Windows virus because there is no Windows there to infect. The malware would have to be specifically installed by a user, with a "bottle" created. No Windows malware knows how to do this because CrossOver doesn't exist in Windows. Even if you managed to get it installed, the malware would not find the things it needs (NTSF file system, various Windows resources, etc.)

A virtualization environment like Parallels Desktop can get infected by Windows malware, but it would Windows in the virtual machine, not OS X, that would be infected.



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Many thanks!


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