1. I wrote about a set to programs to detect and clean up at http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&messageID=15002 for windows.
2. The HP 1000 should be "supported." It's another PCL printer and should just work in Suse 9.1 and later. I can't vouch for other.
3. You may be surprised, but a clean install of Windows 98 and not using the Microsoft browser, email, media player (basically any internet application by Microsoft) is almost bulletproof. The kids machines are still on 98, but no sign of IE/OE/WMP. I hid those and installed Mozilla and Media Player Classic.
I have a Window 98 machine which has slowed down to a speed similiar to molasses flowing uphill in January of the coldest year on record. Running Spybot came up with a couple of malwares. I assume that there are still some malwares that haven't been caught and I will need to run some other spyware detection to get everything caught.
This is concerning to my wife and I. I am an active investor. The thought of having something that can monitor keystrokes and/or spying on statements is not a comforting thought. My mind drifted to Linux. Which I know very little about. My knowledge of it, is that it's an operating system like Windows XP or 98 is an operating system.
Basically what I'm thinking about is using the 98 machine as my trading machine. The programs that I will use will be connecting to the internet over broadband. I have another machine that can program the router which is a Linksys Wireless G router. The 98 machine has a D-Link DFE 530TX+ ethernet card. I will need some type of Internet browser. The main brokerage I use is Scottrade. They have some realtime information screens, I imagine those are probably JAVA programmed(?).
At this stage of my life I'm not really into learning alot about Linux. I'm not big on Microsoft, but I'm tired and lots to do. So I basically want something as close to off the shelf as possible.
I'm not quite sure what to do about printing. I have a HP Laserjet 1000 that from looking for Linux drivers for the printer appears to be less then perfect fit for Linux. I do have the full scale Adobe Acrobat though and if I can find some easy way of getting that to operate in the Linux enviornment then maybe I could send those over the net to a computer that can use the Laserjet 1000.
So the question is, what distribution of Linux would you recommend for a guy who primarily wants GREAT security, an internet browser that goes to one primary site, and can use a DFE-530TX+ ethernet card, and can run Adobe Acrobat.