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nieh
08-14-2007, 06:51 AM
Can anyone recommend some? My friend is buying a new computer and the place is trying to get her to put out an extra $150 to have those pre-installed for her. I told her she shouldn't need that because she can get it for free, but I can't think of the names of any programs off the top of my head, not even the stuff I have installed at home.

Also, can anyone recommend a laptop that's known for having decent battery life? The only one I was able to think of that gets praised for that is the alienware area 51 thingy.

Sunny
08-14-2007, 07:00 AM
dunno about the antivirus thing, but as far as battery life goes, Sony VAIO is supposed to be pretty good.

nieh
08-14-2007, 07:03 AM
I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable recommending she buy Sony. I can't speak in regards to their laptops as I've never used them, but the stuff of theirs that I am familiar with has always gone to shit within a year or two.

the_GoDdEsS
08-14-2007, 07:06 AM
I'm no expert but I use Avast (http://www.avast.com/), which is free, and you just have to renew the licence every year. So far it's been quite effective because the scanner is on all the time and allows you to do custom settings. For anti-spyware I usually use Spybot and SUPERAntiSpyware and do scans regularly. Although nothing's 100%.

Sunny
08-14-2007, 07:08 AM
hm.. truth. i had a sony ericcsson phone once... it didn't end well.

either way, here's a list of laptops with decent battery life:

http://www.cnet.com.au/laptops/laptops/0,239035649,240090803,00.htm

nieh
08-14-2007, 08:05 AM
I'm no expert but I use Avast (http://www.avast.com/)
That's actually the one I use too, I just couldn't remember the name of it. I've never had any problems with it.


http://www.cnet.com.au/laptops/laptops/0,239035649,240090803,00.htm

Awesome. It's Australian so I don't know what the prices are, but that seems like a decent list.

Endymion
08-14-2007, 09:52 AM
avast, avg, and clamwin for antivirus. ad-aware for spyware.

Oromis
08-14-2007, 11:18 AM
avast, avg, and clamwin for antivirus. ad-aware for spyware.

I had clamwin for a while. It stopped working though. I might reinstall it when i get home.

Jojan
08-14-2007, 11:23 AM
ClamWin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ClamWin

H1T_That
08-14-2007, 11:36 AM
Aren't alienware quite expensive?

HeadAroundU
08-14-2007, 12:38 PM
Spybot search & destroy, it's free.
http://www.spybot.info/en/mirrors/index.html

wheelchairman
08-14-2007, 02:58 PM
I'm no expert but I use Avast (http://www.avast.com/), which is free, and you just have to renew the licence every year. So far it's been quite effective because the scanner is on all the time and allows you to do custom settings. For anti-spyware I usually use Spybot and SUPERAntiSpyware and do scans regularly. Although nothing's 100%.

I use only Avast and it's worked marvelously.

nieh
08-15-2007, 06:09 PM
Apparently Ad-aware is not Windows Vista compatible yet. Does anyone know anything similar that is?

Endymion
08-15-2007, 09:19 PM
try winpooch (note: i've never used it myself, but it seems legit).

HornyPope
08-16-2007, 03:56 AM
dunno about the antivirus thing, but as far as battery life goes, Sony VAIO is supposed to be pretty good.

Waay expensive for what they bring though.

As for adware, it's important to use more than one app imho to increase protection. Spyware doctor (just disable the permanent surveillance) and spybot are two very good ones.