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One more thing: I'm using my school's anti-virus program (Symantec) and I'm just wondering if it's working properly. Is there any way of checking its efficacy?
Posted 06 August 2006 - 02:13 PM
Should I take note of what these online scanners find, and verify that my AV also locates these problems? Anything else? In reviewing carefully, is there any in particular I should look for?
There are many on-line internet virus scanners that you can use to validate that your resident AV is doing its job. These will generally scan your hard drive and list the malware they find, but generally will not automatically remove or quarantine the found items. Anything they find after you have run your own AV should be reviewed carefully.
Fair enough. Is there a way of displaying how much my resources are being used by a particular program so I can decide whether or not it is worth keeping running?
Now there is a trade-off between keeping your computer secure by using real-time protection, and the use of computer resources to do so at the expence of operating efficiency. Obviously, the more applications you have running in the background (even those just "tapping their feet" until you call them) the more computing resources you use.
I've got quite awhile to go before reaching the educated user status; I really appreciate the tips and suggestions from you and everyone here! I'm extremely pleased I was given the name of this site and I look forward to working with you guys in the future.
In addition to your firewall (avoid MS's), limiting your running protection to your AV and one spyware application should be enough to provide you with the protection you need.
I think it is important to remember that the most effecient preventor of malware is an educated and informed user. You are to be commended for your efforts to learn and understand computer security best practices.
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Spread the word!
I'm extremely pleased I was given the name of this site and I look forward to working with you guys in the future.
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