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offline computer... need antiv?


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#1 IPT

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:28 PM

The intents of this computer is to be offline and as unencumberred as possible for editing large digital photos. I was not going to put any anti-virus software on there to stop the inevitable background running and slowing down things. The ONLY time this will be exposed to anything online would be to upgrade or install an Adobe product or a driver of some sort. No "surfing", I have a rig for that. Is that a bad idea to do this?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:53 PM

If you don't intend to daily update the security program, it would be useless against the malware
that is created everyday.

I don't see a need for an antivirus program for what you described.

You should include updating all programs and OS on a monthly basis to protect against exploits
when you go online.

Using Firefox browser with NoScript will protect you from "driveby" downloads of malware.

An offline computer can get infected thru flash drives, etc. Another reason to keep your computer updated.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 06:44 PM

I've never used Firefox before, but I have heard of it. Is there a safe reliable place to download from to my unprotected computer? Is there a service pack or specific update that I should download and install for Windows 7 ?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:10 PM

Firefox -- http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features/
NoScript--- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722/
Adblock Plus--- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865/


To update Windows 7, simply click on Windows Update in your Start/ All Programs list. It should be there.

I am assuming you have Windows Firewall activated. That should be all that is needed to safely go to the
sites above.

Edited by buddy215, 19 August 2010 - 07:12 PM.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 10:03 AM

IMHO if one goes online at any time there should be a anti virus and firewall installed, updated and active. I would also recommend getting updates like Adobe etc. from there website only and watch out for other little goodies that they might try to stick in there, (McAffe, Ask Tool Bar) are two that come to mind. If your computer can be accessed by others, (cd's usb sticks, ect.) you also need security. A good rule is in IMHO; if anything can be connected to a computer in any way you need protection.




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