Article ID: 2226, created on Oct 7, 2007, last review on Oct 13, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo containers for Windows


Parallels Virtuozzo Containers (PVC) for Windows supports a wide range of antivirus software products. In order to ensure flawless interaction with PVC, Parallels regularly performs compatibility tests, working closely with antivirus software vendors and issuing PVC software updates when necessary.

Please use this article as a reference point in determining the antivirus solution for your PVC Windows systems. Prior to using information from this article, make sure your PVC servers are running on the latest patch level available.

Note that all antivirus solutions described below must be installed on the node only. Antivirus programs installed on the node protect all containers automatically. Antivirus installation inside containers is not supported.

Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers:

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

    Supported versions:

    • 11.0 (supported since VZU400014 update)

    Unsupported versions:


    Known issues:

    Make sure the "VPC32.exe" string is added to the value of the following key:


    For Symantec 11.0 it is necessary to add the following key:

  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise

    Supported versions:

    Unsupported versions:

    • 8.0
  • AVG

    Supported versions:

    • 8.0 (since VZU400018 update)
    • 7.5.516
    • 7.5.503
    • 7.1.394

    Known issues:

    For AVG to work properly with Virtuozzo, it is necessary to add the following values below under the registry key:

  • F-Secure

    Supported version:

    • 7
    • 5.52 + update 5.52-82 (for x86 only)

    Known issues:

    F-Secure 7 Hotfix 6 is not supported.

  • CA e-Trust

    Supported versions:

    • R8.1
    • R8
  • Sophos Anti_virus

    Supported versions:

    • 7
    • 6.5

    Known issues:

    SCSI drives should be remounted for those containers that use them, if the Hardware Node is restarted.
    Sophos NAC requires "World Wide Web Publishing Service", which is disabled by Parallels Virtuozzo Containers on the hardware node by default.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus - Autoprotect does not work inside containers (,,

  • TrendMicro OfficeScan 8.0 - Autoprotect does not work inside containers

  • eEye Digital Security Blink 3.0 - Autoprotect does not work inside containers, VZCP does not work.

  • Dr.Web Anti-Virus - Not supported

  • NOD32 - Not supported

Additional information

Under certain circumstances, the node might get BSOD due to the installed antivirus software. Check the following article for a workaround:

  • KB #118786 Antivirus causes node crash on PVC node.

For antivirus compatibility with other versions, see these articles:

  • KB #120963 Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Containers 6.0 for Windows.
  • KB #9589 Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.6.
  • KB #6446 Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5.

Note: Antivirus solutions installed on hardware node does not show pop-up windows about detected viruses inside containers.

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