Buying a expensive laptop... Good Idea or bad?

United States
March 17, 2011 7:12pm CST
I recently just bought a $600 laptop and i am having some trouble. It keeps getting more viruses than when I had my old, less expensive one. I have to run a virus scan every day on it and every time i get at least 10 to 20 detections. When I had my old computer, and when I ran a virus scan, I wouldn't hardly find anything, maybe 1 or 2,3,4 things, which to me is normal. Now, It cost more to repair stuff, more to get upgrades and more to make this one better. Now, my point is this, Should I go back to a less expensive laptop? Or should I stick with the one that I have right now?
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10 responses
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 11
It doesn't matter whether you have an expensive laptop or a cheap laptop. I think the goldern rule when buying any laptop is to ask yourself what you will mainly be using your laptop for whether it be surfing the net, playing games or replying to emails and so forth. If you are into serious gaming then you would obviously purchase an expensive laptop as the specifications would be quite advanced as well as powerful. I think when you buy any kind of laptop it's important to make sure that you set up the security, that's the first thing you do. There are things on the desktop that you do as well which include changing certain settings to block things like popups. By the sounds of things, your laptop just needs a good cleanup, I'm referring to things like the utility tools built into windows, disk cleanup, disk defragmentation, removing of temporary files and cookies after you close your Internet browser whether it be Internet Explorer or Firefox. Don't give up on the laptop you have now. Just have to ask, what antivirus product are you using? Andrew
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Just stick to what you have right now. I think the only problem is your anti-virus you should find an anti-virus which are already proven to get rid of those viruses. When I bought my laptop , it has a limited subscription for an anti-virus, but what I'm am using is much more cheaper but I think its already good for me because it protect my laptop from viruses. I didn't encounter yet those viruses I had before which make my computer stop working ,because of this anti-virus and I'm satisfied for that.
• India
18 Mar 11
U are talking about the laptop and viruses coming in ur laptop but u are saying in my old laptop there are few viruses coming i will give u one suggestion about the viruses its not the problem of your laptop its the problem of your antivirus software if u put the scan in that antivirus what u are using in your laptop its doesn't scan properly to detect more viruses i think it should not work properly thats why your laptop facing so many problems about these viruses. so first u change your anti virus software and then see the the situation if the laptop works properly or not first of all u change the antivirus software.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Well, if you HAVE the money, it's not bad then. =) Welcome to mylot!!
@Harold_ks (1674)
18 Mar 11
If you really need the specs of a high-end laptop for your work or business, then you should not regret buying it. It would be a good idea coz it will also serve as a good investment since it can help you better with your work. But one thing you should remember, virus attacks whether your laptop is expensive or not. So you must be preventive. If your pc/laptop is new or newly-formatted, it is a must to have a back-up of it. It can be an image of it burned into DVD or another harddisk. Also do a habit of creating restore points for System Restore. Plus, use a good AV. Also prevent accessing suspicious files, as well as visiting unsafe sites. You must also know how to reformat your harddisk to lessen service expenses. Well, I suggest that you still use that new laptop of yours since it has a better specs, much faster and has a larger capacity. Just take good care of your system.
@mturacom (634)
• India
18 Mar 11
The cost have nothing to do with the viruses and hardware upgrades will not help. If you are using an old operating system then it may be more susceptible to viruses. And if your antivirus keeps detecting viruses continuously then it may also indicate ineffectiveness of your antivirus. I myself use Windows 7 with Microsoft Security Essential Antivirus and never had problems.
@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
Like most responses, the cost of the laptop does not really matter. What matters is what you need the laptop for and what you are using it for. To prevent getting viruses, get a good Anti Virus. Regardless of the laptop, it is susceptible to viruses. Unless if you have a Mac then viruses won't be much of a problem. It could also be because your old laptop cannot detect the viruses that your current one can. Perhaps the older laptop has a better antivirus. It could also be that what your current Anti Virus detects cookies and considers them viruses. You may want to look into this angle. Also avoid unknown sites that have pop-ups or use a lot of flash programs as these are avenues for virus attacks. Generally, when you buy laptops, look at the specifications and the configuration not the price.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
I don't think that the price of a laptop has something to do with it's ability to screen-out viruses, that's the job of the antivirus software. If you don't want to be pestered by such viruses, invest in a good antivirus. Further, I think price comes quality. Don't get me wrong, I don't endorse over-priced laptops or technology. However, I have come to notice that you do indeed pay for the service that you'd want. The higher the efficiency, the higher the costs. Though, there are times when we buy laptops or technology that are not up to par to the needs that we want - which makes the purchase bad. All in all, I think we should be smart about what is being offered to us, only buy something that you need in the first place in order that you don't pay for something that you don't really need. Further, it's best to read reviews first before making a purchase. Lastly, invest in good antivirus or softwares which would be vital to whatever your purpose is of being online.
@keshia2007r (2886)
• United States
18 Mar 11
I think it comes down to the site your are on. Sites that have or has a lot of "pop-ups" can cause a computer virus. This is what happened to my sister's computer She also brought a $600 HP laptop so it does not matter if the laptop is expensive or not, its all in what you view. If you do have an interest in buying another laptop here is what i've learned from experts Dell laptops are easy to break HP laptops are always having problems. Acers are cheap, but good. Sony and Toshiba are the best in my opinion. anyway good luck with everything. And remember to watch out for sites that have/has a lot of pop-ups.
@cloud31 (5811)
18 Mar 11
Its not about the cost I'm basing upon buying a laptop.Its about the configuration and specification how its gonna useful to me.I don't mind buying an expensive laptop as I'm using right now but at least it should be useful to me. In your case theres nothing wrong with your laptop I guess just how your AV has been installed. They might install a sensitive and full protection to your laptop to less the risk of viruses attack. The expensive laptop you have bought maybe need an AV protection fully to protect your system..Most laptop when in good conditions,expensive and a branded one will have a sensitivity to viruses so they have to be scan properly and carefully. If you feel like its not really working good to you, rather get a laptop you have used to and make you feel comfortable than the one you are having.Otherwise,stick with what you have now until the warranty period is over and shift to a new one .That time be sure to get one can make you comfortable in all aspects, easy to upgrade but less expensive. Happy myLotting!