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i got recommendation for most lightly anti-virus and browser for mini laptop

(1.66 atom N280, 2G memory, Windows 7 pro)

the MS Security Essentials anti-virus,

and the Google Chrome for browser

is it really the most lightly anti-virus and browser ?

is there something better ?

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This is of course subjective. But on all the computers that I have been fixing, cleaning up, or re-installing windows on for friends (6 in the last 8 weeks) I have been installing MS Security Essentials. In general I have been really impressed. The integration with the OS, it's ability to catch issues, updating, scanning have all been more than adequate in what I have seen so far. Everyone has been pleased with the results. I'm not sure there is a "Best" in every single category, especially for free, but so far I really like it. And to be honest, I really don't like much from Microsoft and generally use Linux for our family personal computing.

I generally use Firefox, have never had problems with Chrome, it does seem faster, my kids love it and use it primarily.

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They've done a good job on it I agree, +1. –  John T Jan 27 '10 at 22:10
    
I was sceptical (MS? Making an *anti*virus?), but I tried it, and it's really very impressive. –  Phoshi Jan 28 '10 at 19:39
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For lightweight antivirus, honestly - I think Eset Nod 32 is actually lighter on resources, but it has gone downhill so much in recent releases, the only one I would recommend is Microsoft Security Essentials.

For Browser, It really depends on your browsing habbits. Google Chrome is a lot faster, but it opens each tab up in another process which typically means more memory being used overall, where as Firefox opens up everything in one process.

I would personally go for Firefox with the Adblock Plus addon for browser, and Microsoft Security Essentials for antivirus.

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If you still choose to go with Google Chrome, you can still get the AdBlock plus extension. –  Isxek Jan 27 '10 at 20:59
    
@Isxek +1 had no idea - need to find it! –  William Hilsum Jan 27 '10 at 21:03
    
just to make it clear, its name is "AdBlock" on the Chrome extensions list. I have it installed here on Chrome v4.0.302.3 and it works great. –  Isxek Jan 27 '10 at 23:30
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