i was just wondering if when i log out of xp is my pc still protected eg:av,fw.i am still learning as you can proberly tell.but i would like to say this forum is brilliant i would like to say thankyou to all forum members.
when i log off all that happens is it goes to the log on screen it does not ask me any questions is there something wrong with my pc?i have zonealarm firewall sometimes i click stop all internet access and in the morning a dialog box says i have lost my network connection and windows as to repair connection (eg renew ip adress)is this normal.
You need to think of your ADSL line and the connection to your ISP as two distinct things. To the best of my knowledge, no-one has come up with any malware that can establish a connection with a potential host through an ADSL line when you are not connected to the internet. Try viewing a webpage without your ISP connection and you'll see what I mean.
Avoid the temptation to put your ISP connection in the Startup folder or allow it to connect automatically in any other way, so that you maintain full control.
Is your modem USB or PCI? I only use PCI ADSL modems partly because they disconnect themselves from the ADSL line when no user is logged in to XP.
No sure if this is the answer you are looking for. If you are logged off the internet, i.e. not connected to the internet, nothing can come down the line to your computer, since you are not connected.
Every time I am taking a break, lunch or coffee, I normally disconnect from the Internet manually, just in case something is happening when I am not present. Some people put the PC's on standby, but logging off is just as simple for me. I know with all my security programs it is not necessary, but logging off is my way of placing another layer of protection. I also turn off my monitor to reduce energy consumption especially if I could be away 3 or 4 hours. I am on a Broadband, always on, connection.