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New Laptop - keeping is safe?

  • 19-05-2021 9:13am
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    Registered Users Posts: 21,230 ✭✭✭✭ phog


    Not sure where to post this but I'll try here.

    I'm in the process of getting a new Laptop and would like to keep it like new :D

    It will be be a Windows 10 Laptop

    What AV, Malware, Adblockers, etc should I consider using?

    Also, should I create an Admin Access then create individual restricted access for each member of the family - would this lessen the likelihood of a virus being downloaded

    Thanks in advance


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  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭ berocca2016


    phog wrote: »
    Not sure where to post this but I'll try here.

    I'm in the process of getting a new Laptop and would like to keep it like new :D

    It will be be a Windows 10 Laptop

    What AV, Malware, Adblockers, etc should I consider using?

    Also, should I create an Admin Access then create individual restricted access for each member of the family - would this lessen the likelihood of a virus being downloaded

    Thanks in advance

    Id recommend Avast, install the free version and disable notifications, found it uses the least RAM on a day to day basis.

    I would literally uninstall everything (bloatware) before you connect to the Internet. These free trials just take up space and you'll most likely never use them bar a possible office 365 trial.

    You don't need a paid antivirus, the laptop will probably have a free trial of mcafee etc. Uninstall this first before installing a free antivirus!


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,230 ✭✭✭✭ phog


    Would it be safe/ok to do a Windows 10 refresh before I do anything else with the laptop. Would that remove the freeware stuff?

    Is there a danger I could remove programs that are required by the laptop by doing that?


  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭ berocca2016


    phog wrote: »
    Would it be safe/ok to do a Windows 10 refresh before I do anything else with the laptop. Would that remove the freeware stuff?

    Is there a danger I could remove programs that are required by the laptop by doing that?

    To be honest, I don't know! I'm just going on personal experience of buying a dog rough Laptop in a panic at the start of Covid that was extremely slow!

    I manually uninstalled all the bloatware and seemed to work for me!


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