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My young cousin turned off the firewall on my desktop, unbeknownst to me.

It's back on, but is there anything else I should do?

Thanks!
Maybe run an anti-virus check, depending what you've been up to online. I had my firewall shut off at home because it interfered with gaming(unknowing that I could just let the game go through it
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What back-space said is correct. As long as no precarious websites were visited, and you don't already have a virus or something, you're probably fine. A scan certainly wouldn't hurt though.
 

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My young cousin turned off the firewall on my desktop, unbeknownst to me.

It's back on, but is there anything else I should do?

Thanks!
Yes. I disagree with the advice given based on the premise that getting a virus primarily depends on which sites were visited while your firewall was off. AFAIK, that's not true. Most people get viruses through e-mail.

I'd suggest you do a couple of things.

1) Run your anti-virus, giving your computer a thorough scan.
2) Download and run the free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware. It's free and thorough.
3) Download and run Spybot: Search and Destroy and/or Adaware. (They are both free.)

There may be other things you can do, but those are the things I would start with.
 

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Most people get viruses through e-mail.
Only if you do anything dumb with it, it's not like in the outlook days when you could get all kind of **** just by opening the mail.
 

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Yes. I disagree with the advice given based on the premise that getting a virus primarily depends on which sites were visited while your firewall was off. AFAIK, that's not true. Most people get viruses through e-mail.

I'd suggest you do a couple of things.

1) Run your anti-virus, giving your computer a thorough scan.
2) Download and run the free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware. It's free and thorough.
3) Download and run Spybot: Search and Destroy and/or Adaware. (They are both free.)

There may be other things you can do, but those are the things I would start with.
As Envy said, only if you're dumb. With email client security these days, people get most viruses and such from "normal" websites, that have been infected with something. The malware downloads itself to your cache, and then tries to find a way out, and wreak havoc.
 
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