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2 scan daily or not 2 scan

by The ancient one / June 30, 2008 10:12 AM PDT

that is one of my questions. Is it really necessary for me to scan my computer for viruses every day using AVG 8. I have not had, to my knowledge, a virus on my computer since I brought one home on a floppy from college back in the early 90?s. Right now it has been set to run at noon and it takes nearly 6 hours to scan all three of my hard drives and I find that it slows the computer down. I could set it to run late at night but that would mean leaving my computer on which is something I have never done, if for no other reason than to conserve energy. I have heard in forums that sometimes there are problems with using the various power reduction modes such as hibernate and standby. I have never used either of these. I do know that AVG is supposed to work even if the computer is on low power mode. So there are really two issues here:
1. The necessity of daily virus scanning
2. Computer on/off or in between
The answer to #1 will affect the answer to #2 to some extent.

XP with SP2 ? Firewalls both software and hardware ( Zone Alarm Pro, Wired Router ) and Opera as my browser.

Thanks "The Ancient One"

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I scan once a week
by 4Denise / June 30, 2008 10:34 AM PDT

and when I do, I run all my scans (antivirus and antispyware) and clean my hard drive and then I defrag. I do all of this with my network cable unplugged. I can't see any reason for a properly protected computer to be scanned daily.

I also unplug my computer when it is not being used. I have another reason for it, though. I do not have a proper, grounded 3 wire outlet to plug it into, so I have to be very careful about power issues. It is the price I pay for living in such an old house.

That's my opinion on the subject. I'm sure others will have something to say as well.

Denise

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Thanks
by The ancient one / June 30, 2008 11:22 AM PDT
In reply to: I scan once a week

I was leaning toward that direction. Fortunately I don't have to worry about poor wiring but I do have my CPU and Monitor connected to an APC which helps protect me from electrical problems.

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(NT) You're Welcome
by 4Denise / June 30, 2008 4:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks
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Probably not
by Jimmy Greystone / June 30, 2008 10:49 AM PDT

It's probably not really necessary, just like having both a software and hardware firewall running at the same time.

If you can remember to run a scan yourself once a week, that should probably be plenty so long as you aren't doing any high risk things. i.e. visiting porn sites, using P2P programs, using pirated software, using Internet Explorer/Outlook/Outlook Express, etc.

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Hardware firewall is there for other reasons
by The ancient one / June 30, 2008 11:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Probably not

since it is part of the wired router which connects 3 computers. And by using Zone Alarm I do get to see what is trying to go out and whether or not I think it is necessary for that software to connect to the "outside world." Since both of you feel that once a week is probably sufficient, I am leaning in that direction.

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