Can NetBooks handle runring Anti-Virus software or Hard Disk Encryption?

Posted on 2009-04-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I'm wondering if this new NetBoolk can handle running Anti-Virus software,
and whether it is possible to encrypt the hard drive?  An aquaintance said it can't handle the load re: AntiVirus and still run effeciently?
- Dell Inspiron Mini 12
- Intel Atom Processor Z520 (1.33GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache
- 40GB PATA hard drive
-  Vista
Question by:DJWhitlock
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    Hello DJWhitlock

    Yes it could,
    this is probably not the answer your seeking
    if your after performace I would suggest installing a mobile linux edition

    No antivirus needed and heavy memory loss for no reason
    Might take a bit of study but i highly recommend ubuntu mobile very good



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    Thanks RyderSaint.  Do you mean that the antivirus isnt needed on a Netbook regardless of OS, or if I install ubuntu? Sorry to be such a newbie.
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    If you install Ubuntu.

    You can also take a look at Threat Fire for a lightweight AV solution.

    ThreatFire (free real-time a/v scanner)

    And WinPooch for malware:
    WinPooch (free real-time malware scanner)
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    I'm not sure how it will handle encryption, but give TrueCrypt a shot
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    I really dont think you will have any virus problems on linux I have seen 3 viruses in total for linux
    they where all just a concept design prove it could be done and they in the end could do no real damage to the OS the only real virus threat I have seen for linux is SQL injection and most of the time they do nothing to mysql or postgresql too.
    you would only install an AV if you where wanting to scan your files before you sent them to a windows box

    As for crypt ubuntu has a long list of crypt packages you could look in there package manager first if your still not happy just google the one you want for linux and your off

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