Hello,my pc winxp is connected to cable broadband via modem and winxp firewall also ez anti-virus/spybot. When pc,modem etc, are switched off- no electrical power at all and only connections, is via the pc, ethernet cable,modem,then to cable connection socket. Is this safe fron hackers/viruses/sprware etc.
For better protection you need a firewall such as Zone Alarm or Sygate. Both have free versions. The Windows firewall only monitors traffic in one direction whereas these control traffic both in and out of your computer.
Remember if you install one of these turn your windows firewall off.