i've been reading all the scary stories people have told of popups/spyware/etc on their laptops in the malware forum, and though i consider myself a relatively intelligent computer user in terms of keeping it healthy and such, i really want to keep my new laptop nice and healthy, and not have to resort to any reformatting in the future. so, what are some must-have programs that i should dl to keep my laptop nice and protected? what are some good scans to run periodically to make sure there's nothing wrong with my laptop?
in case it matters, it will be a dell inspiron 600m with winxp home.
i've looked in some of the [RESOLVED] threads. so far i have:
2. sun's java. after dling and installing this, will it be necessary to uninstall MS's java virtual machine? will i need to set sun's as the default program...or something of the sort?
on a slightly related note, i've been a firefox user for some time now, and it seems that any page that requires java takes an unusually long time to load. is this the same with everyone, or just me? (i don't really care much, bc the PC that this problem occurs on will soon be reformatted.)
anyhow, that's the end of my post. i couldn't think of a fitting conclusion, so this will have to do.