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Anti malware software slows your machine down and reduces productivity but is seen as a necessary evil.
There is a lot you can do to remove the risk of picking up an unwelcome visitor in your laptop before installing AM software.
The first thing you should do is create 2 user accounts.
1. Administrative Account - Used for making changes to computer settings and installing or removing new software.
2. Standard Account - Used for day to day use of your laptop
No antimalware software guarantees safety, so by using a standard account you reduce the risk of allowing malware that does get on your machine to have free reign to manipulate the entire system, it can only work within the constraints of the permissions of the standard user account.
Ensure that you have passwords on the accounts and that you have to enter the passwords to login and if you do get a nasty bug you can login to your administrative account which will not be infected and compromised to take measures to clean your computer.
Another thing to think of is where you store your data, you should not store things like photos, videos, music, etc. within your user profile, if the profile becomes corrupt or is compromised by malware there is greater risk of loss of data, one alternative is to store data is on a seperate partition on your computer and then backup regularly to an external device.
Some people go the whole hog and purchase a home NAS to access data from any device connected to your network.
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Last edited by GhostyDog; 02-01-12 at 17:25.