I would suggest one of the lenovo line of laptops
yeah I'd agree with that I've had my lenovo for 18+ months
there pretty reliable and if you get a virus the rescue system
gives you a chance to save files before you do the recovery.
unlike Hp's or Compaqs which will expect you to have backed
up all your important stuff before you run the rescue disk/s
Note: I have only had a virus get past AVG once (once is enough
and I hadn't done a backup for 2 months. the main operating
system was locked in a repeditve task. using the rescue button and
a portable drive I was able to retrieve all my docs,vids,pics and dats
before using the rescue disks to reinstall the operating system.
this was the easiest rescue I ever done.