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A type of laptop that has been designed to favour portability over power. Netbooks are smaller than laptops and many use solid-state memory rather than mechanical hard disks. Most do not have a dvd capability.

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Short for Compressor/Decompressor. A file that tells a computer how to record or play a type of media file. A popup claiming you need a new codec to view a video is one of the social engineering tricks used to get trojan programmes onto victims computers.