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computer experts... a good way to stop viruses?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    could this be a solution...

    -partrition your harddrive into two drives

    -store all music, pics and data and program files on one drive

    -give the other drive 50mb and use it only with the Internet Explorer

    -this way if i get a virus, which I often do even though I have norton antivirus which is updated weekly, all I have to do is re-format that drive. since all my program files and data are on the other drive they should be safe from the virus(es), correct?
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I think that there are much better solutions, like stopping the virus before you're infected by running appropriate firewalls and anti-virus software, having virus scanning on emails, proper junk filtering, pop-up blocking, etc.

    Also, there's a lot to be said for not clicking on suspicious files.

    I've never had a virus running Windows XP in this manner.
  3. I've never gotten a virus.

    Just don't click or download things you don't know about. I would get a good anti-virus program and/or firewall.

    Good thing for me, Comcast offers both. If you have Comcast, you should check it out.
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I have tried all that, but I still get viruses. I run windows XP and norton antivirus with weekly updates. What happens is that Norton says it is unable to remove the virus. Right now I have two on my computer.

    i just want to know if i partrition my drive, will the virus affect both drives or just the one with my browser on it (internet explorer).
  5. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    It will most likely depend on the specific virus. I can't see how you can get viruses when following the proper security practices. I don't get them and neither do any of the computers in the lab I work at. Are you running a firewall or are you behind a router?
  6. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Dump Norton and get Avast. Norton is a notorious resource hog, Avast is very lightweight. I dumped Norton a couple years ago, running Avast ever since, and have not gotten a virus. Avast even detected two that Norton was unable to deal with, and one it (Norton) did not even detect. It's free, just send them your email address after you install it, and they will email you a key. Good for 14 months. Give it a try, and see what you think!
  7. UnsungZeros

    UnsungZeros The only winning move is not to play.

    If you keep getting viruses, my guess is that you never completely cleared out the original ones. I would back up all my data and reformat.

    Other tips:
    - Run Windows Update (http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com) regularly, make sure that you are up to date on all patches and turn on automatic updates.
    - Don't use Internet Explorer, except for running Windows Update. Use Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/) instead.
    - Don't run Windows as an administrator. Set up an Admin account for installing programs and changing settings, etc. For your normal everyday activity, run as a limited user. This can often prevent viruses from installing if they don't have admin privileges.
    - Steer clear of shady sites and downloads. Don't go out looking for warez and crackz. Don't go off downloading stuff on P2P networks.
    - Don't be stupid by clicking "Yes" or "OK" to every prompt without carefully reading and understanding what you're doing. I can't count the number of times I've seen people agree to downloading and installing software bundled with spyware and other nasty crap without giving it a second thought.
    - Don't download e-mail attachments you aren't expecting. Don't click on links in people's AIM profiles and the such.
    - Use common sense. If you're not sure if you should trust something or not, don't.
    - Use an anti-virus program, update it regularly and run scans regularly.
    - Use a firewall. Turn on Windows Firewall and look into another third-party one. Also, put yourself behind a NAT router if at all possible. NAT routers act as hardware firewalls for inbound traffic and are very effective for avoiding worms. Software firewalls are good for detecting suspicious outbound traffic (ie noticing that you're already infected), but don't offer the same level of protection as a hardware firewall. Viruses and worms are known for disabling software anti-virus and firewall protection as one of their first acts.
    - Don't look at porn. :D


    you could abandon the malware-fest that is Windows and run Linux or buy a Mac.
  8. UnsungZeros

    UnsungZeros The only winning move is not to play.

    Forgot to mention...

    Back up your data often. Losing gigs upon gigs of music and other data to a computer that won't boot sucks. It sucks a lot.
  9. JansenW


    Nov 14, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
    In addition to what has been said before about not clicking on various email attachments and not downloading high risk items, using a Macintosh or a Linux PC with a Firefox browser will help avoid a majority of PC viruses.
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Say goodbye to IE and Use FireFox.

    I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to my computer. I use and run weekly:

    Nortons Antivirus 2005
    Ad-Aware (free)
    Microsoft AntiSpyware (free)
    SpyBot search and destroy (free)

    I have no issues on my computers (that I'm aware of :)).
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    What does resourse hog mean?
  12. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Being the sole user helps too. Unless you're a noob.
  13. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    A "resource hogger" is a program that demands so much job from your CPU and makes your system considerably slower. I totally agree with getting rid of NAV and installing Avast. I made the same movement and haven't regretted it.

    Another example of a resource hogger is ZoneAlarm. Very effective firewall, but I got rid of it years ago for the same reason and now I use Sygate.
  14. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    This is great! Thank you very much for everyone's suggestions!
  15. sbocaj55


    Feb 11, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    I recommend Symantec. I have that at college which is a HUGE target of viruses, etc...and it catches 99.9% of everything I've come across. That and Spybot and you should be able to avoid pretty much everything you'll need to. But if you ever get anything real bad and can't get rid of it...backing up your hard drive and reinstalling windows only takes a half-hour. With symantec and spybot you won't really need to (or shouldn't)...but it's a good practice to do anyway for general maintenance every 6 months.
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    UnsungZeros beat you to it. :)
  17. ricardex


    Mar 21, 2004
    Miami, FL
    buy a mac!!! :D
  18. Buy a Mac!!!1111:eek: :rolleyes: :)

    If you're willing to make a new partition to get rid of viruses, you might as well put something other than Windows on it.
  19. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Remove Norton. I don't let any of my friends buy it, and I make the ones who do have it remove it before I will work on their PC's.

    As to your original question regarding a virus jumping across a partitioned drive, there is not a yes or no answer. It depends on the virus in each case. Some can and will, others can not. For the most part, they do not. I'm sorry there is not a clear cut answer for you.

  20. The answer that would piss off NTB the most is...


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