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Security Question AND IT IS A SIMPLE ONE TOO!

I have been asking a lot of questions lately and am greatful that all of them have been answered throughly and responsibley. I thank you all for that. My question is if we shut our computer down each night before we go to bed and leave it off until we get home from work the next day is that going to help or hurt our chances of protecting the computer? Also we should be running our Adaware SE, Spybot S&D, CW Shredder, etc...every day shouldn't we?

What is the danger in shutting down the computer for an extended period of time each night and day? Please be as thorough and precise as you can because this question is for my GF and if I tell her to do something she will want proof that it is the right way. I will then turn to this and show her why it is a good idea to leave your computer on and let the norton antivirus programs and antispyware programs do their jobs. Thanks in advance for your help on this one.

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if your computers off

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theres no access to it

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That is an age old question Omerta and

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you will get about a 50/50 response as far as leaving the computer on or off. Personally I leave mine on most of the time but as Mark says, when it is off, there is no way to get infected with anything. As far as scans, this is also my personal opinion but I do a smart scan with Ad-Aware once a day and I do a full scan with it whenever new updates are downloaded. I also scan with Spybot once a day. I only scan with cwshredder about once every week or so, I do a virus scan with NAV once a week while I'm sleeping on Thursday nights, (I have it scheduled) and I do an online scan about once a month at Housecall or Panda just for a second opinion.

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Thanks fellows

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She turns her computer off every night so I guess she is fine with doing that. I will make sure she runs her scans when she is on and also that they aren't all running at the same time.

Myself I might compromise a little bit. I might leave it on all night twice a week to run my norton antivirus scan. As for my anti adware/spyware programs I will just run them manually when I am on. I appreciate the feedback on this issue, I guess I was as educated on this as I originally thought.

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome Omerta. :D

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leave it off

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but set your AV and Spyware updaters and scanners for some time when you know you will be on.

If not you run the risk of EVERYTHING trying to start the same time and that may create a resource issue.

In the alternative set the AV and Spyware to update and scan 'on demand' which means turn off the auto system.

As Mark says the safest PC is the one that is turned off.

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