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Default Soon to be owner of a dell mini 910. What antivirus? - 08-04-2009, 03:59 AM

Still waiting for my dell mini 9 but am not sure what antivirus to get. My laptop crashed last night and had Norton 2009 which I recently upgraded on the internet. Can you have 2 different antiviruses that work together? What is the best antivirus? I have had Norton since 2005 and has been doing good for me until last night. Problem with my laptop was windowsroot32hal.dll file missing or corrupt. Would love some input. Thanks


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Default 08-04-2009, 04:14 AM

Two "active" antiviruses at the same time is a bad idea. A single active one and a one that only does manual scans, that's okay, but a bit wasteful of limited SSD space.

Which antivirus is best is largely a matter of opinion, different technicians have had good and bad experiences with most of them. Perhaps a better question is "What's an antivirus that isn't terrible"?

I've heard good things about Norton 2009 from different places. Many people like Kaspersky. Many swear by CA. If you like free ones, AVG and Avast are popular.

Personally, I prefer to not use Windows, but that may not work so well for you.


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Default 08-04-2009, 01:29 PM

i wouldn't use an antivirus on a netbook....it can bog down a regular desktop, why kill your experience...just slap mac osx on it and don't worry.
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Default 08-04-2009, 01:37 PM

I've used Avast for many years on both home desktops and laptops. It offers great protection and does not bog down my computers. Recently installed Avira on my mini and it seems to work just as well.
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Default 08-04-2009, 01:47 PM

A good AV solution won't "bog down" the system. Most of the makers have learned how to deal with this.


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Default 08-05-2009, 12:14 AM

Thanks for the advice guys.. Going with AVG.. Lets see what happens...by the way my dell mini 9 arrives tomorrow.. YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!! :-)


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Default 08-05-2009, 12:24 AM

AVG is the one free solution I would avoid. Try Avast instead.


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Default 08-05-2009, 02:00 AM

I didn't like AVG either. +1 on Avast.
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Default 08-05-2009, 06:44 AM

yeah, i'll vote for osx as well.
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Default 08-05-2009, 09:53 AM

Why is Avast preferred over AVG? I use AVG but if avast is better I would not hesitate to switch.


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