Hi there - my name is James and I'm looking to buy a replacement for my Acer 1810 TZ laptop which died after 5 long years of excellent service. It did what I needed: MS office (mostly word and powerpoint), surfed the internet, and watched videos. Whenever it went slow I knew it'd get there in the end and, when I cancelled things, they'd get cancelled (eventually) rather than crashing/freezing. I was using Windows 7 and Avast antivirus (which was free for the most part) + MS Office 2010.
I bought an HP Pavilion AMD 8Gb RAM with McAfee, MS Office 2015 (I think) and Windows 8 which was updated (for free) to Windows 10. The HP loads up Windows quickly but takes an age to load up programs, it is forever freezing/crashing, it has deleted work by crashing, file transfers take forever (particularly between 2 different USB devices), the internet cuts in/out with a variety of passive/aggressive error messages, and the McAfee continually tells me its switching itself on/off and seems to be fighting with Microsoft's own antivirus software.
Inexplicably I am looking to replace this laptop. Please can you suggest what the modern equivalent to the 1810 might be? By which I mean: value for money (which the 1810 was emphatically), reliability and ease of use. I don't mind a larger/heavier computer. In fact, I don't need a laptop - I have a keyboard, mouse and monitor and a desk top would be fine for my purposes, although it's nice to have a laptop for the few times I move it out of my home office. Also - what are people doing for antivirus these days? Is Windows' own antivirus adequate or should we be using a named brand as well? And, if so, how do you stop them and windows fighting each other!?