Understanding your choices and making the right ones
After spending an hour on a friends computer, I was able to remove a virus which threatened their system. My friend was using windows 7 and spent a lot of time on the Internet and although I had them install AVG (anti virus) they still managed to be infiltrated a few times with a virus. I have always maintained that nothing is foolproof as far as protecting yourself against outside attackers. In any event, this would have been about a half dozen times that I was asked to remove the virus and I did. After hearing the frustration in my friends voice, I made the suggestion that they consider Ubuntu as there operating system, however, as most window users will attest, this is not an option that they seem quick to accept.
As with any operating system, (windows included) we tend to get attached to the programs that we use and in this case, it seems as though this was going to be the way things turned out. I suggested installing Ubuntu alongside the windows 7, if only for the fact that they would consider their choices. I completed the installation for them and proceeded to explain the differences between the two operating systems and why it was less likely that they would be attacked by a virus on Ubuntu. Other than having to learn how to use Ubuntu, it was only a matter of time before my friend admitted that they really enjoyed using Ubuntu and in fact hardly used their windows OS any longer.