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« on: July 17, 2013, 05:23:04 PM »

So my computer came back but I need to get a regular computer so I can do more stuff like send out resumes.

I have not had good luck with computers, my last Dell got virus after virus and finally crashed.  I bought the ChromeBook because they say you can't get a virus.  After 3 months the battery died and I had to sent it out to be repaired.

So what brands has you had good luck with?  What do you use for virus protection?

Can you get a virus on a tablet? I'm starting to panic at the idea of not having internet access when I'm sitting alone without a job so I need another computer and maybe some kind of tablet too.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 05:45:49 PM »

Tablet-wise, I like my iPad.  Just doesn't seem to have any problems.  I have a Dell desktop- when I replace it, I think I will get an Apple product.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 05:55:59 PM »

I've had fairly good luck with my Dells, but I buy from the business line, not the home/personal line.  They use them exclusively at the community college where I work, & they've always seemed to be sturdy and long-lasting, so I stayed with what I was used to.  

I gave up my desktop computer long ago and only have a laptop at home now (Dell Latitude line).  With the wi-fi card, I can take it on the road and connect wherever there is wi-fi.  It has all the power of my desktop and easily runs some memory-heavy software programs just as well as my office computer.

Macs do have a reputation of being less vulnerable to viruses, but I've never heard of a computer that couldn't get a virus.  Anything that connects to the internet is open to downloads of some sort, it's just a matter of what the hackers feel is the most valuable target.  

Make sure whatever you get has the software you want - many computers seem to be sold without even basic word processing programs now.  Some look like they are a great a deal, then you have to spend hundreds more to get basic office type software programs.  Also get one that has enough memory, space, etc to run any specialized software you may want to use in the future.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 06:16:20 PM »

There is no device that is guaranteed to remain virus-free. A virus can be written to affect anything.

However, there are some devices that are less likely to get viruses. Anything that doesn't run on Windows, the most common OS, has less chance, simply because most viruses are written for Windows.

We are confirmed Mac/Apple users in my family, and I recommend them highly. You pay more up front, but they are a lot more stable and free of hardware and software problems than pretty much anything else out there. They have a great warranty package, too. We have had a Mac desktop (it is still going strong and is at least ten years old, but we don't use it much because we like laptops now), DD and I have laptops (she has MacBook, I have MacBook Pro), DH has an iPad and loves it. My other DD, who is a computer professional, has TWO MacBook Airs.

We once took an old Mac laptop that had been discarded by someone else in a trash can, cleaned it up a bit, updated the OS and firmware, and got years of use out of it virtually free. The only reason we can't use it any more is that the battery has pretty much died of age, and they don't make the replacement any more! (It's at least 10 years old, too, maybe more.) It can still be used if connected to a power source.

So, if you can get it, I recommend an Apple product. An iPad will cost you about the same as a lot of cheap laptops or some other tablets, and will be a lot more worry-free.

(No, I don't work for Apple.  Grin )
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 06:24:32 PM »

My sister and her family all use Mac products and they have been very pleased with them too.  I don't remember them ever having any trouble with them through the years (they started with one of those really old tiny square ones, can't remember the name but that thing just would not die!).

I'd like to use Macs, but colleges are slaves to Windows-based computers, and one of the software programs I use is only designed to run on Windows.  That keeps me buying their products.   
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 07:48:18 PM »

I have a Lenovo and an ABS and they've been just fine. In my 30 years of computer use I've only had 2 viruses - one on a Mac and one on Windows. Right now I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Firewall and I do occasional checks with Spybot and Malware Bytes. I use Firefox as my browser with the NoScript addon to keep the nasties away.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 08:41:00 PM »

Judy,
It is not really the computer itself that would ever be vulnerable to viruses, but rather the operating system and/or browser, and also sites you might visit on the internet.  Mac is very good about not getting viruses, but that is due to the operating system and the fact that most viruses are designed to attach PCs rather than Macs.  Apple does make a very good product, so you might want to condsider that.  However, I also suggest checking the Consumer Reports to see the ratings on the various brands of desktops and laptops.  They are rated in several areas and you can see what features fit best for your needs and also your pocketbook. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013, 07:45:52 AM »

I'm a huge Apple fan.  I just wish they weren't so pricey! Angry  I had a Dell before my Mac.  It was okay but I was always worried about being vulnerable.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013, 12:44:02 PM »

Tablets can get viruses! Macs usually don't, but they are VERY expensive. Dell consumer line is notoriously awful. I have a pretty reliable 4-year-old Gateway laptop, though it ended up having battery issues.

The first thing you should do with a new computer is get a virus scanner! There are several free ones you can download. I use AVG and I've never had a problem - it also doesn't yell at me all the time like Norton did! AVG updates and scans things on its own so I don't have to think about it at all. Having more than one virus scanner installed is a bad idea, though. They conflict with each other.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2013, 09:14:43 PM »

Vyaavi,
Just curious about what you mean about Norton "screaming" at you.  I used to have McAfee for years, but recently got a new computer (at Christmas) and now have Norton 360.  It does everything automatically, and I haven't really found that I have to think about anything at all, so just wondering.
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2013, 09:21:29 PM »

Dells are awful, I had some in my lab and there were always problems. I usually had a Mac notebook and PC desktop even before Macs were very popular, and then switched completely to Mac after my Windows crashed and messed up the hard drive.

However, while it was true that before you didn't need to worry about viruses with a Mac, this is no longer true. You need an antivirus software, and I recommend Sophos. And yes, do not use more than one antivirus program.
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