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Does a router protect from viruses?

BalterBalter Member Posts: 1,015

i heard a router can protect you from viruses, that true?

i have a Netgear Internet Router.

Also i heard once you connect to the internet you get a virus in 30 seconds if your unprotected.

that true too?

Thanks

My build: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850, Asus P5GC-MX/1333 Motherboard, 4gb G.SKILL DDR2 667MHz RAM, Core 2 Duo e7200 CPU, 250gb Western Digital SATA Harddrive, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit.
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  • ElapsedElapsed Member UncommonPosts: 2,326

    No and no.

  • ApsylumApsylum Member Posts: 202

    Second one is partially true. But it's with older ver. of Windows XP Pro (Maybe others). But if you get the hotfixes and what not you're fine.

    But I don't like updating my windows, so when I reformat if I don't have my firewall on when I connect to the net I get this virus that sends on syn_requests and causes the internet to slow to crawl and pretty much stop.

  • DinionDinion Member Posts: 879


    Originally posted by Apsylum
    Second one is partially true. But it's with older ver. of Windows XP Pro (Maybe others). But if you get the hotfixes and what not you're fine. But I don't like updating my windows, so when I reformat if I don't have my firewall on when I connect to the net I get this virus that sends on syn_requests and causes the internet to slow to crawl and pretty much stop.
    I hate when that happens, I unplug my computer from the internet everytime I reformat, first thing I do after that is install Anti-Virus software. An unprotected computer connected to the internet will not last very long.

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  • MalkavianMalkavian Member UncommonPosts: 2,995

    In answer to your questions, No & maybe. The router you are using is merely a gateway to your network which can be locked down. Ie. Firewalls and encryption. It however does not offer any Virus protection in the sense you are asking.

    The myth regarding an unprotected computer receiving a virus in 30 secs all depends on what you are doing during these 30 secs. Viruses of Today can be contracted simply by surfing the Internet or reading Email. But there are worse things to consider in 30 secs. 
    Spyware. Which leads to Identity Theft.
    You have a 99% chance of downloading some sort of Spyware just by visiting a website, than you do downloading a Virus. And these can do just as much damage if not more.

    If you would like further information on how to protect your network, let me know.

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  • ApsylumApsylum Member Posts: 202

    The virus I'm speaking of actually requires you to do 'nothing'. In the sense that all you have to do to contract it is log on and have an internet connection.

  • jayheld90jayheld90 Member UncommonPosts: 1,710

    i agree, no to both questions. but a firewall will definately help (the windows xp firewall seems to be ok, but other versions of windows dont have this function afaik) along with a good anti-virus ( i use avast!), and keeping your computer cleaned up with spybot search and destroy/spyhunter and various other programs. i usually run them once a week along with a disk cleanup and defragmenter. i have only had one virus which was a trojan (so far, knock on wood) and got rid of it fairly easy with a program called killbox, it can delete files from your registry upon reboot if you know the names of the bad files (i wouldnt recommend using it unless you have good computer knowledge). i cant really think of anything else that would help you.

  • RufiusRufius Member Posts: 2,031



    Originally posted by Apsylum

    The virus I'm speaking of actually requires you to do 'nothing'. In the sense that all you have to do to contract it is log on and have an internet connection.


    That's not a virus bud.  Windows OS have for some reason never taken in the account of updating the new connection rules.  Basically the internet has updated itself to newer standards into server connectioning but no one ever fixed the MS OS connection rules so when you buy a WinXP OS it has the settings of dialup rules which takes AGGES to load cause of useless information that has nothing to do with you has to be sent and recieved.  There's some tools out there to tweak it all and cut all the crap so to speak and just dl the page and open it in your browser.  Not really a virus just outdated net settings is all.

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  • BalterBalter Member Posts: 1,015

    So.

    i plug in my computer, install norton antivirus 2004, and spybot or some spyware killer.

    THEN connect to the internet and i'll be ok right?

     or is there any other precations/safety measures i should take?

    My build: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850, Asus P5GC-MX/1333 Motherboard, 4gb G.SKILL DDR2 667MHz RAM, Core 2 Duo e7200 CPU, 250gb Western Digital SATA Harddrive, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit.
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  • AbyssKnightAbyssKnight Member Posts: 152

    Norton/whatever oher antivirus program you would have. But only one. More than that, and they'll likely start recognizing each other as viruses.

    Spybot - Search and Destroy, for spyware and malware. Mostly the latter. I haven't seen Spybot remove any spyware from my computer, but it's great at malware. Malware being actual, malicious programs installed on your computer, not just loose files, like spyware.

    AdAware, for spyware

    ZoneAlarm, as a very good software firewall


    That's what I have, and my computer stays generally virus/ware free. Except for the odd few I get from normal surfing.

    EDIT: And don't be too paranoid about internet surfing. There isn't much harm that'll come to your computer unless you do something really stupid, like clicking ads or banners, going to porn sites, or allowing downloads from certain "trusted sites". Most actually are trusted, but some aren't. Generally, don't download anything that automatically pops up, except when it's an add-in for something you need to run, like Quicktime, or a Macromedia product.

  • ApsylumApsylum Member Posts: 202


    Originally posted by Betrayal-X
    Originally posted by Apsylum
    The virus I'm speaking of actually requires you to do 'nothing'. In the sense that all you have to do to contract it is log on and have an internet connection.That's not a virus bud.  Windows OS have for some reason never taken in the account of updating the new connection rules.  Basically the internet has updated itself to newer standards into server connectioning but no one ever fixed the MS OS connection rules so when you buy a WinXP OS it has the settings of dialup rules which takes AGGES to load cause of useless information that has nothing to do with you has to be sent and recieved.  There's some tools out there to tweak it all and cut all the crap so to speak and just dl the page and open it in your browser.  Not really a virus just outdated net settings is all.

    That's why it puts files on my computer with random names each time?

  • BalterBalter Member Posts: 1,015

    Well when i was watching Call For Help on G4 Techtv Leo mentioned that a router can act as a very good firewall.

    everyone is saying this isnt true?

    or did he say another piece of hardware but im pretty sure it was a router.

    My build: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850, Asus P5GC-MX/1333 Motherboard, 4gb G.SKILL DDR2 667MHz RAM, Core 2 Duo e7200 CPU, 250gb Western Digital SATA Harddrive, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit.
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  • ElapsedElapsed Member UncommonPosts: 2,326

    A firewall doesn't protect you from downloading viruses. Most people get viruses by running programs that have them hidden inside, like in casino games that all the kids these days love to download.

  • AbyssKnightAbyssKnight Member Posts: 152

    Yeah. Firewalls, like the ones built into your router, don't actually detect and block viruses specifically. They block whole packages of things at once, without caring what it is. If it's not authorized, it won't get through, virus or not.

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