Can Sophos AV for Mac Protect a VM (Win 8)?

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by Gary Kellogg, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Gary Kellogg

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    I run Sophos AV on my Mac and it seems to scrutinize anything that comes into the machine from the Internet. I run Windows 8 inside of a virtual machine using Parallels Desktop. Does my Mac Sophos protect downloads that come into the virirtual machine?

    I ask because I also run Microsoft Defender on the VM and it is something of a resource hog. It seems to me that running two antivirus programs is like wearing a belt with suspenders. Windows apps see a download coming is just as they would on a nuts and bolts machine. The communication is mediated by an OS X Parallels process that I suspect is monitored by Sophos AV.

    Also, I use Windows for only a couple of business applications--Quickbooks and Microsoft Streets & Trips. The only browsing I do is to Intuit forums. The only email use is sending quotes using Thunderbird for Windows. Thanks for your wisdom.
     
  2. Specimen

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    Sophos won't be enough. For various reasons, the simplest of all is that it can't delete virus or prevent them from running on the Windows side.
     
  3. Gary Kellogg

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    I suspected something like that. However Sophos quarantines these on the Mac side. I have gotten email attachments with Windows malware caught this way. So my thought was that they would not reach Windows at all. Oh well.
     

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