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Bless her heart she really tries but she always land on a virus. She does A LOT of research on the web for various things. The page would like legitimate but somehow on that page there's a link she'd click and it installs a virus. Kid you not, one time she was researching about the Nile Virus as our neighborhood was tested positive for it and she somehow downloaded a virus. It was a small one that was easy to remove but funny.

The pc had MSE + Malwarebytes. After the attack it used to do fine at removing viruses but this last one was killer. It was an FBI ransom malware that I had to follow a very comprehensive removal guide using so many programs. How it killed it is that Windows no longer can update. I tried to uninstall SP 1 to use the install disc I have to do a repair and it won't uninstall (won't show up in list to uninstall). I downloaded an ISO that had Windows SP1 but it won't recognize the install having SP1 on it. After quite a bit of research, the end result is a fresh install. Which is fine as it's been a couple of years now.

I'm looking for advices on how to protect this PC when I reinstall Windows on it. I had suggested her to try Linux Mint instead which is on my laptop right now but for some reason she's intimidated by it when she uses it. wth.gif She's a diehard IE fan but she's really good about not installing toolbars or extensions/addons.
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try elementary os or similar familiar gui linux distributions.
not giving her root access to the operating system is probably the best way to go.

http://elementaryos.org/
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If she really prefers Windows then you can try win 8, it has an upgraded version of MSE preinstalled that works fairly well. You can then assign a very limited account to her and do your best to get her to use FF or Chrome with Adblock and NoScript/NotScripts installed.
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The thing I fear most about installing a new OS is that she is very knowledgable with MS Office programs and she uses that to write something up, create a presentation, etc for her school, PTO at my daughter's school, and anything else she volunteers for.

Like just a couple days ago wife needed to print a word document. In Word, we needed to disable the auto-marks (or whatever it's called) before printing. Seeing that we can't install a printer on her pc anymore, I tried it on my linux mint laptop. The marks where there, and if you print it, it's on the paper in red. I couldn't find a way to disable it in LibreOffice. I had to take the document down to my windows pc in my man cave to print it how we needed it.

Also she is still in college, and they'll ask her to install a program. Like LockDown browser to take a quiz. I'm not sure that works on Linux? I'll have to check on that.

And it appears elementaryOS is using it's own web browser? I would have to see if it'll work with Math sites and cengage online for reading supplemental materials with her books.
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The thing I fear most about installing a new OS is that she is very knowledgable with MS Office programs and she uses that to write something up, create a presentation, etc for her school, PTO at my daughter's school, and anything else she volunteers for.

Like just a couple days ago wife needed to print a word document. In Word, we needed to disable the auto-marks (or whatever it's called) before printing. Seeing that we can't install a printer on her pc anymore, I tried it on my linux mint laptop. The marks where there, and if you print it, it's on the paper in red. I couldn't find a way to disable it in LibreOffice. I had to take the document down to my windows pc in my man cave to print it how we needed it.

Also she is still in college, and they'll ask her to install a program. Like LockDown browser to take a quiz. I'm not sure that works on Linux? I'll have to check on that.

And it appears elementaryOS is using it's own web browser? I would have to see if it'll work with Math sites and cengage online for reading supplemental materials with her books.

microsoft is breaking compatibility with their implementation of .docx. if anyone is at fault, it's m$ they don't want a universal document standard other than their own.
libreoffice is an excellent replacement for office, and if you really need it, and you're savvy office can be run on linux.

i've never had issues printing from my laptop running debian+openbox. in fact the printer was either connected to my router or laptop; both worked flawlessly. scanning is another issue rolleyes.gif

in college i've never had to install lockdown browser, typically this is on a school sanctioned machine, but it could be different for her.

the beauty of linux is you can use any browser that supports open source. firefox and chrome work great, opera and many other alternatives exist. unfortunately (or fortunately depends on who you ask) ie is not supported on linux. i use debian as a daily driver for my school work, and the only issues i've had are with teachers that can't handle zip files. cisco sites load fine for me, flash, java etc.
elementary os is beautiful and more secure, maybe a dual boot is something you may want to consider.

for windows give her a non-root account. find software that prevents applications/ scripts/ extensions/ unwanted software from installing. unfortunately you can't prevent all malware so prevention education and common sense are the best in my opinion.
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