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#1 the_moose

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 02:47 PM

Hi. Sorry if this has been asked before - I'm not much good with the search facility if it has!

I've recently been told that I shouldn't be turning off my computer each day because this causes problems. Is this correct? and if so should I log off instead of turning it off - or just leave it running as it is?

We probably use it for a couple of hours a day, maybe four or five hours at the most occasionally, and sometimes it can sit untouched (and unloved!) for a week. It's a home computer with a dial up connection, and we've got AdAware SE+, Norton Internet Security and NAV, Spybot S+D, Spyware Blaster and the Beta MS AntiSpyware all on it so I'm hoping it would be secure if the best thing to do was leave it running (but not connected to the internet)...but won't it overheat if it's running 24/7?

Sorry this isn't in computer-ese, this isn't my specialist subject, as you can tell!!

Cheers in advance for any help/advice. Moose. :thumbsup:

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 03:03 PM

I generally am on the computer either at work or at home for all-too-many hours each day, but if I am not going to use it for a couple of hours, I always turn it off. First, it saves electricity (a good thing for the environment as well as the pocketbook), secondly it will reset the computer and clear out the memory---so in that sense, it will prevent some common problems.
Given what you wrote about your usage, I would certainly advise you to turn it completely off when not using it for any length of time.
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#3 the_moose

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 03:57 PM

Cheers for the quick reply, I'll carry on turning it off...Moose. :thumbsup:




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