Best Antivirus For Netbooks?
Reader Asks My Reco On Antivirus For Their Netbook
Q: Hey TP. I want to say thanx for your website. I just baught my first netbook and I love it. It is windows 7 and is ASUS 1005PE. Can you tell me what antivirus I should get? Thanx.
A: Dear Sir or Ms.,
Congratulations on your new computer. One of the neat things about netbooks – I am frequently told – is how small and portable they are, yet they are big enough to do some “normal computing” on. That’s on the “plus” side.
But on the “minus” side is that this compact portability is achieved by using “modest” components — a “reduced horsepower”, if you will.
Netbooks are not powerhouses, and it pays to use software on them that has a “small footprint” (not demand too much CPU, RAM, etc.). And that is certainly a factor to consider when choosing an antivirus.
Were I to own a netbook, I would install either one of two titles, and!, both are free.
1) If I were to own an older, or really basic (aka “budget”) netbook I would use Panda’s Cloud Antivirus. Or..
I should say, though, that your ASUS has an Intel Atom N450, and very good specs for a netbook, so you could probably run most any Internet security product on it. My list of recommended antivirus products is here, and my Anti-spyware list is here.
PS — WinPatrol is also a great security program for netbooks, and!, I just happen to be having a license giveaway contest (nice segue, eh?) for it this week.
** A Chance To Win A Valuable Prize! **
You say you don’t know about Scotty and WinPatrol? I have recommended it here before, and I’ve used it for so long I can’t remember. I consider WinPatrol one of those essential programs to have around.
To enter my license giveaway drawing, please see: WinPatrol PLUS License Giveaway
Here’s another good review of WinPatrol: WinPatrol Revisited – Powerful HIPS with a Bite
Today’s recommended reading: The flipside: Five things Microsoft is doing right in 2010
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