3 simple question asked by a relative novice......
Now that I have cleaned out all PUP's and have no viruses on my laptop pc (hopefully! - we'll get to this in my next question!), my machine is now running cooler than ever with virtually no fan activation required for heat dissipation requirements. Can I therefore assume that BECAUSE my pc is running cool and operating beautifully (that's the way it seems to me anyway!) that I am free of ALL malware and virus now?
Is it still possible that, despite getting clean reports after running a full scan (Avast free edition), that deep down.....somewhere lurking.....in the bowels of my machine.... there just MIGHT be something malicious lurking somewhere that hasn't yet reared it's ugly head or is not using enough CPU to NOTICEABLY affect the general running and speed of my pc? I am thinking along the lines of 'zombie'-like infections whereby my pc might be being used (without me knowing!) as part of a network of pc's linked together in order to attack large websites and organizations etc.
To all you more technically-minded experts who will hopefully get to read this - and I'll speak for myself here - it can actually be a REAL cause of anxiety and worry for us relative computer newbies who hear all these threatening and sinister terms like 'zombie' machines, keylogging/key stroke hacking, hijacking and 'RANSOM'-ware...........all terms which sound like they belong from the sinister scenes of a horror, murder or crime movie!
The main reason for me putting forward these questions is reading recently about the 'time-bomb' ransom-ware (which gladly didn't affect me personally) and ALSO the fact that routers appear to be being targeted on their own.
So in a nutshell, what I am basically asking is.....can I assume that my pc and router are CLEAN simply because it appears to be running cool, fast and smooth? And if the answer is NO.....how is the best way I can go about to look deeper into my system? (presumably by acquiring more tech knowledge, I guess?)
I would like to add (as I have stated in other posts!) BC has helped me MASSIVELY in overcoming issues and has been a goldmine of solid advice and knowledge. Thanks to all those involved with the running of this place!
Edited by robby501, 29 May 2015 - 08:54 AM.