I originally bought my Samsung N210 (netbook) so that I had a computer when I was traveling and writing on the go. I had a few problems when I tried to run McAfee Internet Security Suite and InDesign. InDesign could load, but it couldn’t run. So after I uninstalled it, my Internet Security Suite took all of the netbooks resources and whenever I turned on the netbook, it would sit there for hours either getting updates from everyone or just booting. It became a brick.
Yesterday, I decided that I would take off all the unnecessary programs (only have office and maybe a browser) plus go for free virus scanner (Avast) and firewall (Private firewall). When I tried to uninstall McAfee, it had a breakdown, but it did stop the program. With the new virus scanner and firewall, I finally had a netbook that actually worked although it was slow compared to my desktop.
See, I really enjoy going to Starbucks a few times a month, write, and drink coffee and eat snacks. It is a nice break from my time housebound. Plus the netbook is lighter than a laptop, which with my deteriorating muscles from chemo– a lighter netbook is just easier for me.
So back to the computer quest. I tried to uninstall other programs that were taking a lot of my resources. Of course, it wouldn’t uninstall– I guess I’m not supposed to be computer savvy. Seriously I want a word program, a browser, and that’s about it. All I need to write.
So I have spent two days, getting the computer to work again — all software related– and probably a few viruses that slipped through the bloatware.
If I get this in shape this weekend, I may get a little time at Starbucks– I know a great place that has soft chairs…
It’s just like old times when I repaired computers on the bench.