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downloads and change to laptop

Hi and thanks in advance. I am going to be purchasing a laptop soon and I'm wanting to know whether I should download any free or wanting to purchase software for protection and cleaning purposes now or wait until I have my laptop. Not sure what to buy yet so if any suggestions, I'd sure appreciate them. I use my system only for emailing, browsing and soon to be selling on the internet. So don't need anything special and can't spend over $600. I've got 2 issues here and this may not be a good thing but I do need the help. So any software downloading and/or programs installed now or wait and any suggestions on a basic laptop for my needs. All suggestions and help are so appreciated. Thanks a bunch

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If you are gettting a Windows 7 laptop...
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Get the laptop 1st

Wait till you get the laptop, I suspect it could have demoware/trailware protection already installed for some short period. If you like what you got, then register it and get the 1yr. subscription in most cases. If you want freeware, then checkout the security forum here and find the "sticky post" of all the suggestions. As for MS own Defender, it should be a free d/l or activation as well, its basic and can do for the time being. Beware, even though you want simple PC needs, the outside world remains capable of infecting you, so take heed.

Since, you mentioned laptop, do yourself a favor and get the "restore/recovery discs" made before going too far. In most cases vendors don't supply them, but if they do, that's a plus if not generate them(check your manual or watch for pop-ups).

tada -----Willy Happy

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