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.
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"