> On Fri, 27 Feb 2009 19:09:23 EST, Jonathan Groves > <JGroves@Kaplan.edu> > wrote: > > [snip] > >By the way, I used Symantec Antivirus to scan the > >computer, and it revealed nothing. But the one > person > >who has responded so far said that he's found > malware on > >his computer that antivirus software didn't detect. > [snip] > > If you want to run some more online scans (you said > Symantec didn't > find anything), here are some additional sites: > > Trend Micro > <http://housecall.trendmicro.com/> > > Panda Security > <http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/acti > vescan/> > > Kaspersky Lab > <http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner>
Are these free scanners? Or do they claim to be free but contain hidden charges? I know it's possible those websites claiming FinallyFast.com isn't free despite what the commercials say could instead be the liars and not FinallyFast.com. I don't know who's lying and who isn't. But I do know hidden charges on some things aren't uncommon like on some credit cards, for example.
On a related issue, does turning off the computer every night and restarting it in the morning hurt it more than just leaving it on all the time? I have heard conflicting views on this. Every computer for my own use owned by a college or university seemed to work just fine when I was turning it off at night before leaving for home. But when I started doing this for this computer here, several mornings later shortly after turning it on, it froze up on me. And I quit doing it and just kept leaving it on, and it froze less frequently after that. Then I started trying it again earlier this week several nights ago, and not long after I turned it on this morning, it froze on me. And it froze on me again this past afternoon! It may be coincidences, or maybe for this computer, turning it off regularly hurts it. I don't know.
Perhaps for the school computers, they didn't have these kinds of problems much because I wonder if their servers help keep malware and other junk off the computers that cause computers to crash. I should also say that my old computer at UK was connected to a server offered by the school (it was a different one used by my office computer, but it was still a server offered by UK). That seems to be about the only reason I can think of that would explain why I haven't had any serious problems with freezing up with school computers I have used regularly and my old computer hooked to a school server but have had a number of problems with freezing up on this computer here.