My ISP is AOL and when I go online I use their client software where I have to log-in. My sister has recently upgraded to broadband (she is with BT broadband) and I observed that her anti-virus software updated while still on the Windows Desktop i.e. there was NO browser window or windows open on her desktop.
What I saw was the virus update icon on the taskbar and after the update was downloaded a message popped up saying that a "Web update had been installed"! This doesn't happen with AOL and I was wondering whether this is normal?
One final query please. She has a BT router and I think she has an Ethernet connection so could this be the reason? On my PC I can disable my USB ADSL modem by clicking on the 'Safely remove hardware' icon on the taskbar.
When I do this on my machine I get the option to STOP the device but when I try this on my sister's PC nothing comes up! As you know there are times when you NEED to disable your anti-virus software and I am wondering HOW you can do this safely as disabling it while on the desktop could leave you vulnerable to viruses! I am, of course, talking about Ethernet connectons not USB modems.
Thanks for that. That part of my query is answered but I would still like to know is there a way to disable the Ethernet connection through Windows or is the ONLY way to pull the relevant cable out? Just curious as in the future I may upgrade to Ethernet as I have read that it offers a more stable connection.
Hi, I have a Ethernet ADSL Modem connected to a pci ethernet board. The modem has separate power supply in switched wall socket. I have xp Home/BT broadband. I can have the modem switch on or off at will, when on, I have instant internet access. It is on most of the time. Very stable. :-))