Which Antivirus for Windows 11 on Parallels 18?

Discussion in 'Windows Virtual Machine' started by DavidL74, Mar 24, 2023.

  1. DavidL74

    DavidL74 Bit poster

    Hey everyone, can someone recommend an antivirus for Windows 11 on Parallels 18? I saw in some old thread that Kaspersky was recommended for Parellels (at least some of the older version), but when I tried running it on my M2 Macbook Pro, the installation failed and the software said that the processor wasn't recommended. Ditto with BitDefender. Is there any antivirus that actually works with the M2 Macs now?
  2. Trishna Oobeyram

    Trishna Oobeyram Staff Member

    Hello David,
    Thank you for reaching out to Parallels.
    You may find more information about antivirus here.
    Thank you!
  3. DavidL74

    DavidL74 Bit poster

    Thanks, but that article is from 2018 and pre-dates the M1/M2 Macbooks. Right now, I can't seem to find any antivirus that actually installs on Windows 11 on Parallels 18.
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  4. Ashley Chumun

    Ashley Chumun Staff Member

    Dear David,
    Thank you for your feedback.
    You can use the inbuilt Windows Security which includes a powerful Antivirus & Firewall.
    All you have to do is to update it and this should protect your windows virtual machine.
    More information can be found in https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/comprehensive-security?r=1 .
    Thank you!
  5. Aries@PF

    Aries@PF Hunter

    I would simply use the built-in Windows Defender as it seems to do a good job on its own now that it has matured.
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  6. MatthiasE5

    MatthiasE5 Hunter

    Has anybody tried BitDefender on Win 11 ARM? I read that it is now available for ARM! There seems to be a fully functioning free version also (if I am not mistaken), and BitDefender seems to outperform Windows Defender these days in terms of recognition/false positives.

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