posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 09:06 PM
is a must.
Use Avira Antivir
instead of AVG (the quality of
AVG has been on a steep decline, lately).
Zone Alarm Firewall
works great for me, though I haven't "upgraded" to
is great for getting rid of
anything the above may miss (which isn't likely, but better safe than sorry).
The Web of Trust
plug-in for Firefox is essential, if you're using Windoze.
Make a "limited account" to surf the web with. NEVER
access the internet with an administrator account on Windoze.
And finally, if anything manages to get through all those layers of security and do serious enough damage to keep you from accessing your
virus/malware removal software, have a copy of the ClamAV LiveCD
All of that is free, and works just as well as, if not better than the stuff you have to pay for.
Run the disk checker on your hard drive, defrag, and back up regularly, and keep track of your system restore CD/DVD just in case (this may not be
included with the package, but if it isn't, there will be a utility installed that will help you make it).
Edit to add a disclaimer:
This is just general advice for running a Windows computer. I've never bothered to try a netbook, so the above may or may not be applicable.
[edit on 18-12-2009 by TheAssociate]