I have a Mac OSX running Parallels desktop with Windows 7. Do I need an anti-virus program? And what free program would be the best if I do? It is also shared on the network.
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You mean an anti-virus program... :) Yes, it's best you have one, just in case some little virus tries to sneak in from an USB or from a downloaded file.
You can use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free. I use this on all the PCs I have, or I helped configured. It's not the best there is, but I haven't had any issues with viruses until now, and it's not popping out annoying windows like some other free anti-viruses I know.
Also, make sure you have the Windows Firewall enabled. And User Account Control (UAC).
There are some other tools which can help you on the web side, like anti-spyware software. The one that I like best, perhaps because it's passive, is SpywareBlaster.
If you think MSE is too little of an antivirus, and as you seemed to check the AV-test site, than I would recommend anything that's not free as in pop-ups appear each hour bugging you to upgrade to a deluxe version. You could try BitDefender Antivirus Free.