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    Best virus protection for my Dell Mini 10 Netbook

    Can anyone advise me as to the best virus protection to use for my Dell mini 10 netbook?
    I presume I would need something that does not take up a lot of space as the memory space is limited.
    I have picked up a trojan on my laptop (and I had Microsoft security in place and Windows defender but it still got through) and am now concerned that my netbook does not have any protection. All advice appreciated. Thank you.

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    common sense

    When you say "Microsoft security", do you mean Microsoft Security Essentials? You should have that if you don't already.

    Also, stop using Internet Explorer (if you do at the moment) and use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead. Take your pick.

    If you're really worried about viruses, don't use Windows. Can't imagine netbooks run 7 all that well to be honest...

    Avast Free

    I dual boot my Dell Mini 10v with Linux (Ubuntu) because it's virus proof, so there's no need to worry about viruses and I use Windows occasionally if I want to use MS Word.

    Fair enough DCX, I did suspect that my previous statement might not be 100% correct, but I still think Linux is safer than Windows when it comes to surfing the web.

    i have noticed amongst the freebies, avira appears to be the nippiest in general use

    Best virus security is to install OSX on it!

    Never turn it on or connect it to the internet or run any kind of software or file and you won't have any issues.

    Otherwise use Zonealarm free, Avast free and Malwarebytes free alongside a browser like Firefox with noScript installed.
    Edited by: "Ungreat" 15th Dec 2010

    there should be a sticky on this forum for this question, it gets asked nearly every day!

    you actually managed to tell him quite well...

    dcx_badass

    .... I really don't know how to say this.... but .... you're … .... I really don't know how to say this.... but .... you're wrong:[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_malware[/url]

    Original Poster

    Thank you for all your advice - sorry for the delay in getting back to you but had to swap shifts at short notice. The best advice for me is "never turn it on or connect to the internet" - lol!
    I will look at all your suggestions and decide the best option for me - thank you guys!

    Original Poster

    oldmanhouse

    When you say "Microsoft security", do you mean Microsoft Security … When you say "Microsoft security", do you mean Microsoft Security Essentials? You should have that if you don't already.Also, stop using Internet Explorer (if you do at the moment) and use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead. Take your pick.If you're really worried about viruses, don't use Windows. Can't imagine netbooks run 7 all that well to be honest...



    Microsoft security essentials was not installed I downloaded it ages ago and have not had any issues up to now. My netbook has XP loaded on it. I keep getting message to upgrade my browser but was not sure what to use but now have some suggestions to look into.
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