For desktop computer, I don't think you should be using standby anyway.
Go to = Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display/display properties/screensaver/monitor power/power schemes/settings/turn off monitor after 10 minutes, and set the next 2 drop down boxes ( 1. Turn off Hard Disks, and 2. System Standby) to "never"/apply/ok/ok.
For desktop pc better performance, I suggest you set your desktop background/wallpaper and screensaver to "none", then right click on desktop, click properties, click 'appearance', choose ' windows classic style'.
Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel/System/Advanced tab /under Performance click on Settings / Visual Effects tab/
Adjust for best performance / Ok / Apply / Ok
Then Start/Control Panel/Display/display properties/screensaver/monitor power/hibernate/take check mark out of "Enable hibernation"/apply/ok/ok. Do not to use hibernate on desktop. Standby & Hibernate Issues in Windows XP = http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_standby.htm
The Perils of Hibernation in XP -= http://cfcs.org/articles/viewArticleSWSept05.asp
If I'm going to be away from the pc for more than an hour, or whenever there is lightning in the area, then after shutting it down properly, I unplug the UPS (which all the computer stuff is plugged into) and disconnect the cable.
Leaving computer on??? = http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/computers.html
I also advise against using spyware detector. : See = http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2073458,00.asp
Websweeper used tobe good, but now .....?????????????
Here is a list of some FREE Security/protection programs, ALL OF WHICH I USE, with the DOWNLOAD links included. They are all FREE, and I have NO connection of any sort to NONE of them, except as a happy user. .
The only thing I have paid for is the hardware router. Note: Anti-spyware programs complement each other. Thats because spyware definitions vary between anti-spyware programs. If you use multiple programs, you have a better chance of catching spyware
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware:= http://www.malwarebytes.org
HOUSECALL from TRENDMICRO - FREE online Virus scan and repair = (Check the autoclean box) = ( IT IS OK TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE ANT-SPYWARE/MALWARE PROGRAM ENABLED AND RUNNIBG AT THE SAME TIME) = Download Here >>>> http://housecall.trendmicro.com
FREE avast! Home anti-Virus- Vista-compatible, both the free and paid versions.(ONLY HAVE ONE A/V PROGRAM ENABLED AND RUNNIBG AT A TIME) = DOWNLOAD HERE >>>> http://www.avast.com
Download, install and update A
Starting two nights ago, I started receiving bounced emails in my inbox, telling me messages I didn't send were being detected as spam. Fine, I realize it's my turn to be targeted. I just deleted them.
My computer was, for a few moments that morning, acting a little wonky, running more slowly, taking longer to load pages but straightened out quickly. I put it down to the fact that I had just downloaded Firefox's upgrade the night before.
At the same time, however, I noticed that my computer no longer goes into sleep mode if I leave my desk for any length of time, which tells me perhaps there is an unwanted program running in the background. I have symantec antivirus plus websweeper antivirus/ spyware detector. Neither have picked up on anything, but I'm too cynical to believe in mere coincidence.
Any suggestions on how to search for any well hidden worm that might have burrowed it's way in? Does this sound like anything others have experienced and dealt with successfully?