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Alright.  In the process of selling my old Laptop and other things and I'll, hopefully, be getting around about $400-$500 NZD in total.

 

I essentially need answers to some questions and some reccomendations.

 

I use Comodo Internet Security Premium, it is a free Anti Virus.  Is this good enough?  Should I use a paid service?  If so, what one?  Norton? Trend Micro?

 

Should I upgrade to the Pro version of Malware bytes?

 

http://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Logitech-M570-Wireless-Trackball/10339002/ - Trackball, is this a good idea for gaming with?  Has anyone got any experience?

 

thanks guys

 

 

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Don't use Comodo use either Avast or AVG, personally I find them the best ones to use and they are free. They catch more then most of the paid ones.

 

Malwarebytes - No stay as the free version, just use common sense when surfing the net.

 

Trackball - No, Trackerballs are the worst thing you can use for gaming as they are not having good for quick movement.

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at the moment im using a Razer Abyssus and i'm finding aiming to be very frustrating.  could it be because of using a wooden surface instead of a steel pad?  if I can find a way to optimize my current mouse then I'd skip the trackball.

 

i'll look into avast as you're not the first to suggest it over comodo.

 

thanks for the tips

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at the moment im using a Razer Abyssus and i'm finding aiming to be very frustrating.  could it be because of using a wooden surface instead of a steel pad?  if I can find a way to optimize my current mouse then I'd skip the trackball.

 

i'll look into avast as you're not the first to suggest it over comodo.

 

thanks for the tips

 

What colour is the tracker light in the bottom of the mouse?

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The mouse youre having right now has a sensor which is a bit buggy on cloth surfaces and in case of Abyssus it has no onboard memory/firmware so it cannot be fixed. As with all non-laser optical mice, a surface with multiple colors (such as your wooden surface) can also be a bit unpredictable. Also if the surface isnt smooth, it can cause jitter on your cursor. Try how it works on something smooth and single-color, like a sheet of paper (or something).

 

As for antiviruses, Avast is better than AVG as AVG tends to use lots of resources these days. Or you could go with Microsoft Security Essentials which is a good choice as well. As for firewall, download just the firewall from Comodo (not the internet security). If you want to go with paid software, then your best bet would be Kaspersky or Bitdefender.

 

No need to use any paid versions for malware/spyware prevention. Most, even free, antivirus programs do some of the work for you, and then there is spybot s&d. Which is free. I dont like the GUI in the new version much, but the immunize is still superb, and it will clean your comp of bad stuff.

 

Then the trackball, can't say if its better or worse in gaming than a normal mouse. But I do have a friend who has used a trackball all his datalife, and in some games he is doing even better than me + my other friends. But if you've never used one, dont buy. It would take hell of a lot time to learn to use it effectively.

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i can advice 2 antivirus thas i use my self     if you are bying a new computer  you can get   ---+ "Microsoft Security Essentials" for free  and the second one  is  ---+   "Panda Cloud Antivirus free"  and yes i am using the two of them together.

 

they are much less heavy in their process backgroung and effective.  (no need to pay for any other).

 

avast is a heavy process and complicate to remove and personnaly i found that it is not so effective.   avg is a very heavy ressource eater.

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at the moment im using a Razer Abyssus and i'm finding aiming to be very frustrating.  could it be because of using a wooden surface instead of a steel pad?  if I can find a way to optimize my current mouse then I'd skip the trackball.

 

i'll look into avast as you're not the first to suggest it over comodo.

 

thanks for the tips

 

What colour is the tracker light in the bottom of the mouse?

 

 

It be red.  Is that signifigant someway?  quite keen to learn lol

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Oh Oh a trackball! oh nvm its a thumb ball :( If you don't already love thumb balls, avoid them, they suck Who points with their thumbs? Ok the Fonz does...because he can.. lol and its a wireless trackball, I hate it when it cord gets in the way when I'm trying to move my uhh ball! I've been gaming on Trackballs since my Atari 2600 and Quake 2. Sadly its not like we have a plethora of options. There's only 3 trackballs that I would ever consider, that are still being made.

 

Logitech Marble Not as good as the old 2 button version but still great and cheap. Avoid the logitech software.

Kensington Slimblade  Awesome amazing ball response, the scroll wheel is perfect, and the most horrible buttons and software I've ever used it my years of buttons.

L-TracX  The most expensive, the most durable, and just top of the line. Sadly only 2 buttons and a wheel, but it does have support for 2 more buttons.

 

Considering cost to donuts, the marble mouse is the best trackball still being made. On average I have to replace my marble mouse every 2 years, It costs $24, I would (did) throw the Slimblade across the room in less than 2 weeks, it costs $120. yay math.

 

There are other really nice trackballs out there, but none of them are still being made. The Kensington Expert mouse Was nice, its a PoS now. If you can find one of the older models, grab it! Same goes for the old MS Explorer Trackball. Things are worth more now then when they were new. 

 

As far as antivirus goes, if your windows user is setup correctly, an antivirus is pointless. You should never be logged in as an Administrator if you are not making changes. In fact, the first thing you do when you install windows for the first time, Create a new Admin user, then delete the Admin user account created in the install process, disable guest accounts. Now login as your Admin, install all your stuff, Create a Limited User account, give it read only access. Sign in as User, use. That'll cut out 99% of everything. The other 1% is user error, antivirus can't help you there. 

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