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i need a different os that is very easy

liteonrules 153 18 February 24, 2016 at 05:51 PM
windows is very easy to figure out for a dummy like me but hate the viruses. i really hate figuring out how to use something different. i want os already configured for me to watch netflix,hulu,comcast without me installing apps or extensions and yes windows does want ask me to install java,flash but windows makes it easy to do. i tried chromium but netflix and comcast did not work. i love chrome os but you have to have a chromebook and chromium is to hard for me to figure out. i tried ubuntu a year ago but i had the same issues as chromium. i am lazy and want an os as easy as windows but without the viruses.

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Install a better antivirus and train yourself better on how not to download viruses masquerading as legitimate software.

That's honestly your best option.
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Netflix works out of the box on Chrome OS now (and for the last year or so at least). On Linux, you need to install Google Chrome rather than using the Chromium build that comes with the OS to get drm'd web video working.

No idea about Comcast.
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You can check out Ubuntu and Linux Mint at Lifehacker [lifehacker.com] Linux mint comes closest to emulating Windows Ubuntu comes pretty close too.

Recently Linux Mint was hijacked and replaced with versions that contain a backdoor. Try to find older versions if you decide to try it. try searching at Distrowatch [distrowatch.com]
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just find a good antivirus software like NIS. AVAST and you should be fine.
linux is a way harder to use for dummy user
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
You can check out Ubuntu and Linux Mint at Lifehacker [lifehacker.com] Linux mint comes closest to emulating Windows Ubuntu comes pretty close too.

Recently Linux Mint was hijacked and replaced with versions that contain a backdoor. Try to find older versions if you decide to try it. try searching at Distrowatch [distrowatch.com]

I don't think SpinRite will work on Linux. What would OP do if something happens to his Linux computer?
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You can check out Ubuntu and Linux Mint at Lifehacker [lifehacker.com] Linux mint comes closest to emulating Windows Ubuntu comes pretty close too.

Recently Linux Mint was hijacked and replaced with versions that contain a backdoor. Try to find older versions if you decide to try it. try searching at Distrowatch [distrowatch.com]
that was only for one day and is now fixed
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Take a look at cub linux. It's ubuntu designed to look like chromeos. For Netflix though you will either need to get the google-chrome version of the browser (like quotidian said) or install the ubuntu version of 'chromium-widevine' to complement the open-source version of the browser

https://cublinux.com/
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
You can check out Ubuntu and Linux Mint at Lifehacker [lifehacker.com] Linux mint comes closest to emulating Windows Ubuntu comes pretty close too.

Recently Linux Mint was hijacked and replaced with versions that contain a backdoor. Try to find older versions if you decide to try it. try searching at Distrowatch [distrowatch.com]
That's been fixed, Mint is a good OS but the way they do their security updates is less than great. Since they customize and bundle stuff it sometimes takes a while for updates to happen. Also not the most secure distro around.

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I don't think SpinRite will work on Linux. What would OP do if something happens to his Linux computer?
Spinrite is OS agnostic it runs off the host PC before the operating system. I have run it on an old ipod, Tivo, and several PC/Macs.


OP - What version of windows do you have? A couple of things you can do to hugely minimize your vulnerability footprint that I am guessing you probably were not doing. Safe computing practices can go a long ways.

While this sounds like alot of work, it's really not that bad and most, once it's setup it doesn't require much if any maintenance.

1 - Don't run as administrator. By default most people run as admin, this lets any program that might get on the PC run with full rights. Studies suggest running as a standard user reduces your attack footprint by something like 90% Create a standard user account and use that as your daily driver. http://www.zdnet.com/article/admi...udy-shows/

2 - Run only the software you actually need, and keep it up to date. Turn windows update on to automatic. I like Chrome for a browser and one of the reasons is it has flash player built in and keeps itself up to date. Firefox is pretty good about disabling Flash if an update comes and you don't have it. For what the OP mentioned you don't need Java, so don't install it. Java in the browser for most consumers is dead. Just don't install it. Java is different from Java Script. Personally I enable click to run plugins in my browser so they only run when I want them too.

3 - Run a legitimate antivirus. It can be free but there are several fake products on the market. Also make sure your behind a NAT Firewalled router. Nearly all routers these days are NAT.

4 - Be suspicious of emailed and downloaded files. If your emailed a zip file that says it contains an invoice think, does that make sense? Why would you be receiving an invoice unexpectedly from someone you don't know, and why would it be a zip file? These are really common email vectors.

5 - Use the web version of Gmail for your email. Google does quite a bit to ensure users security. 2 factor authentication, virus scanning, good antispam, etc.Much better than your average ISP provided email.

6 - Passwords - Get a password manager like Lastpass and use it. Don't reuse passwords, create unique, random, long passwords for all your sites. Use 2 factor authentication where available. Some people even go further and make up "wrong" answers to your security questions on key accounts. For example "What is your favorite Color?" Answer: "sl;kjf093jf;"

Some more good reading http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/0...ne-safety/
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
You can check out Ubuntu and Linux Mint at Lifehacker [lifehacker.com] Linux mint comes closest to emulating Windows Ubuntu comes pretty close too.

Recently Linux Mint was hijacked and replaced with versions that contain a backdoor. Try to find older versions if you decide to try it. try searching at Distrowatch [distrowatch.com]
That's been fixed, Mint is a good OS but the way they do their security updates is less than great. Since they customize and bundle stuff it sometimes takes a while for updates to happen. Also not the most secure distro around.

Quote from xxxHolic View Post :
I don't think SpinRite will work on Linux. What would OP do if something happens to his Linux computer?
Spinrite is OS agnostic it runs off the host PC. I have run it on an old ipod, Tivo, and several PC/Macs.


OP - What version of windows do you have? A couple of things you can do to hugely minimize your vulnerability footprint that I am guessing you probably were not doing. Safe computing practices can go a long ways.

While this sounds like alot of work, it's really not that bad and most, once it's setup it doesn't require much if any maintenance.

1 - Don't run as administrator. By default most people run as admin, this lets any program that might get on the PC run with full rights. Studies suggest running as a standard user reduces your attack footprint by something like 90% Create a standard user account and use that as your daily driver. http://www.zdnet.com/article/admi...udy-shows/

2 - Run only the software you actually need, and keep it up to date. Turn windows update on to automatic. I like Chrome for a browser and one of the reasons is it has flash player built in and keeps itself up to date. Firefox is pretty good about disabling Flash if an update comes and you don't have it. For what the OP mentioned you don't need Java, so don't install it. Java in the browser for most consumers is dead. Just don't install it. Java is different from Java Script. Personally I enable click to run plugins in my browser so they only run when I want them too.

3 - Run a legitimate antivirus. It can be free but there are several fake products on the market. Also make sure your behind a NAT Firewalled router. Nearly all routers these days are NAT.

4 - Be suspicious of emailed and downloaded files. If your emailed a zip file that says it contains an invoice think, does that make sense? Why would you be receiving an invoice unexpectedly from someone you don't know, and why would it be a zip file? These are really common email vectors.

5 - Use the web version of Gmail for your email. Google does quite a bit to ensure users security. 2 factor authentication, virus scanning, good antispam, etc.

6 - Passwords - Get a password manager like Lastpass and use it. Don't reuse passwords, create unique, random, long passwords for all your sites. Use 2 factor authentication where available. Some people even go further and make up "wrong" answers to your security questions on key accounts. For example "What is your favorite Color?" Answer: "sl;kjf093jf;"

7 - Use adblock in your browser. Ublock Origin is the current favorite of many. Think of it like an Ad firewall, it will help block malicious malware distributed via ads and fake ads that say things like "Update your flash player". If using chrome you would know you never need to update flash player as it's built into the browser.

Some more good reading http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/0...ne-safety/

If all OP is doing is video streaming, they should really not have much trouble with a little work and windows. A Chromebook should work for all the sites mentioned as they are flash and HTML5 for video. Chromium os can be installed as well but I don't think I would go that far http://www.howtogeek.com/217659/h...on-any-pc/ Any OS is vulnerable if the user has Admin rights and accepts anything a website tells you (Oh you need an update of XXX, click here!)
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I don't think SpinRite will work on Linux. What would OP do if something happens to his Linux computer?
I see what you did there
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I don't think SpinRite will work on Linux. What would OP do if something happens to his Linux computer?

xxxHolic, Spinrite works on ANY hard drive and ANY os including TiVO & other DVR drives.

Spinrite is pretty magic after all.
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xxxHolic, Spinrite works on ANY hard drive and ANY os including TiVO & other DVR drives.

Spinrite is pretty magic after all.
It could read a DVD but it couldn't fix it. Do you mean SSD?
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Is spinrite really that magical of a hdd recovery program? That you wouldnt use an os because it is unsupported..... ???

I understand it is supported.
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I don't think SpinRite will work on Linux. What would OP do if something happens to his Linux computer?
Well, that was an effective troll Smilie
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