When keeping the laptop powered on during night, how can I protect it?

hermesalpha
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It happens I need to keep my laptop (Windows 10 Home) powered on during night to save time for a lot of opened websites and documents I don't want to open anew each morning. But often when I resume work in the morning, the laptop is very slow when switching between the website tabs in the browser, and probably I get virus or other problems during night.

Is there any way I can protect it during nighttime, for example by turning off all ports? Otherwise, I only put it in sleep mode as it is now, but still it seems to get infected during nighttime.
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Try Hibernate mode , it saves all your settings and tasks.

Aalso scan your PC with RKill,  AdwCleaner and malwarebytes, and uninstall when you finished scanning.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
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https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/
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Check that your system properly supports Hibernate - Many do not.

Use your NIC icon at the right of the system tray and disconnect network devices. Then just suspend.

1. Why is your system slow in starting?  A hard disk Windows 10 system should be ready to go in 5 minutes or less while you get your morning coffee. An SSD system should be fully running in less than 2 minutes. I cannot even get my morning juice before I hear that I have email.

2. Why are you getting viruses at night. You attract viruses by where your browse so turn your browser off. Make sure email is only set to receive on demand, certainly not receive when you are asleep.
Hello,

Power the laptop off at night.  When you get up in the morning, the first thing you do, is turn on the laptop then go about your morning routine.  This way, you will know it will run efficiently.  

I have an older laptop and I do this every morning. :)

If it is an older laptop, upgrading the hard drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD) would increase the speed of the laptop a lot.  It is an inexpensive upgrade.  Another option would be to increase the amount of memory (RAM) which can be expensive.  

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I turn my laptop off a night as well. Old one up and running in 5 minutes, current one 2 minutes.

I leave my Desktop on 24x7.

1. Email not running.
2. Browser exited.
3. Top notch VPN firewall router prevents entrance.
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)
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Ok good points above, but I'm like you sometimes and I have a bunch of projects working on and do not want to turn off the laptop so I put my 9 year old Lenovo with windows to sleep I do not have the option of hibernate.

However doing so, my machine is perky at the top of a button, however some morning it's slow as hell.

Remedy I closed the files meaning saving and or bookmark where I was and reboot the laptop and its back to its perky self.

Note to self laptops weren't designed to be on all the time. They are a gap stopper between you and your desktop. I no longer use desktops but they must be powered down often--- you can't catch a virus in sleep mode -- the computer is really not on--sleep mode is like power save mode--- not really on or off.

The next thing is you need to defrag the drive once in a while to keep its head together--- it's like computer shrink putting back things where they were.

You can go SSD route if budget supplies-- but my new 750 spindle I got for cheap sis kicking some serious but in this 9 year old lappy.

A rule of thump though since you're on the internet all the time, you need schedule and unscheduled scans for pups, Trojans, worms, malware, phishing and a sleuth of other things.

When I put my computer in sleep mode (call me paranoid) I scan it b4 schedule scan at 12pm.

My paranoia let my scan my system 4-5 times per day even though I have a perimeter scanner on the network
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since windows 7 no defrag is needed  -it's been done in the background
the first thing to know for troubleshooting a slow laptop are his model - or specs
right now, i have a old Compaq cq71 here  -dual core at 2x 2.2 GHZ  -4 Gb ram and a 500 Gb disk - slow as hell
i'll first look if the ram can be increased to more than 4 GB - then i try an SSD in it

btw in most laptops a SLOW 5400 RPM disk is used - replacing it with a 7200 RPM will gain a bit - but the most is gained with an SSD of course

and of course : uninstall all old or not needed programs to start, and once in a while run a couple of malware scanners - here the ones i use, AFTER an AV scan :
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php                         MBAM
http://majorgeeks.com/RogueKiller_d6983.html                  Roguekiller
http://www.lavasoft.com/                              ADAWARE
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Slowness may result from memory leakage which many browsers suffer from.
"probably I get virus or other problems during night." - very probably NOT. No user action - no infection. You are behind a home router, so external access to your device is impossible by default.
Just restart your machine in the morning.
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what laptop model is this??
i turn my pc's on 2 -3 times per day !
Hello,

If you are running Windows 7, you can clean up the system with these free tools.  

CCleaner - removes temporary files.  They also have a portable version so on installation is required.  You can also clean up Windows Registry with this problem.  If you run this option, it will prompt you to backup changes to the registry.  Select yes then save it in the default location.  
savehttps://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds

Auslogics Defrag - Organizes files on your hard drive for fast access.  This should be run without any applications open and may take sometime to complete.  Reboot after it is finished.  
https://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/

Another thing is to check which programs are currently running on your computer.  This is done by moving your mouse of an icon on the lower right corner of the screen.  Some program might be hidden from the taskbar. Look for a small white triangle.  If you left click on this triangle you will see the other programs.  You should have only one antivirus program running.  Some of them do make the computer run slowly.  

Ernie
Many good points, but what browser?  My best suggestion is to follow these suggestions above AND use the onetab extension to put all your tabs in one file and thereby easily open them all again (this currently is supported in chrome although FireFox has a save all tabs to folder option, as do many others. https://www.one-tab.com/ (chrome and FF)
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only put it in sleep mode as it is now, but still it seems to get infected during nighttime.
This is not possible, you should continue to use sleep function.
Hibernation is the answer. Nothing more, nothing less. You data/files/tabs/apps will stay untouched so in the morning you can continue to work.
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Neither Suspend nor Hibernation should work, but Hibernation is picky and make certain it works. Suspend works better for me.
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Re-reading the question, I really ask myself why I wrote, what I wrote. Maybe I assumed, the author would keep his machine on over night because it was actually doing something. If it's just for keeping tabs open: hibernate your machine (it has been said). Anything stays in place as you left it, not only your browser.
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)

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@ Mcknife
It depends on the function he has at his disposal, I have windows 10 Pro on my Lenovo laptop, and my options are sleep, reboot and shutdown, hibernate will work great if available, but sleep works just as great.
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time to let the asker comment !

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I read through your suggestions, didn't realize I could use hibernation also (I have that option in my current Windows 7). I'll get back after dinner.
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Anyone can use hibernation... it's only not shown in the start menu by default unless we activate that.
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True. You can start Hibernation in Power Settings (on my machines)

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I don't know what happened, but after I used hibernation over the night, the laptop is quick like never before! Wow, it's like getting into a new porsche... Not only for opening websites, but also for opening documents.
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That is strange, because I assume at some point you would have powered the laptop off and on. Hibernating might clear some cache but that is all.

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It's working incredibly well compared to earlier. It's like the hibernation cleared something that even the regular switching off doesn't help for! Very often when I clicked on folders earlier, it was like a time lag before the folder would open. Now it opens immediately, and everything is very click: opening files, clicking on folders, switching tabs for websites, scrolling on websites, everything.

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Thanks, hibernation seems to be the answer. I am really surprised how fast my laptop works now, even compared to just shutting it off and on again. It's like the hibernation did something more to the laptop, like cleaning something out.
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Interesting behavior. I use hibernation for 15 years or so - never have I seen it improve performance, nor is there any logic to it. There is something odd going on, but this time, something desirable :-)

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It's incredible, but the laptop is like new! When clicking on folders, it's so quick, like never before. And logging into websites: always before I did hibernation, Hotmail took a long time to load, but now immediately every time.
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I think there is a good chance hibernation failed and bringing it back from hibernation did a restart instead.
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hermesalpha, before you tried hibernation, for how long didn't you restart your machine?

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