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#1 Miles

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:01 AM

Hi,

I was advised by a well respected local"Tech." that I should use ATF.EXE as a must in my anti malware artillery, utilities, etc.?

I run the following, security programs and Utils. now, and can't imagine adding much more?

AVG (AV)
Counterspy
Spybot S & D
AdAware 2007
A2
Spyware Blaster
Trojan Hunter
Spyhunter

Also, I do not use a internal or software Firewall, as I use a wired Linksys Router?

I have not had problems, not been easily removed in the past 2 years plus, with the above regime.

Plus I use several other programs to clean the hard drive, registry and defrag.

Vopt 8 as a Defragger, optimizer, and registry compactor.
System Mechanic by Iolo
Registry Booster 2 by Uniblue
Speedup My PC 3 " "

Do I really need Atf.exe? And would appreciate any advice, criticism, or opinion on my practices as listed above?

May be you guys have a suggestion for a must have Utility or Security Program that I should GET?

Is it that critical that I do not use a firewall to monitor what I might be sending out? The Router is good enough as an External Firewall for what is coming in as it changes my Ip adress dynamically, correct?

Should I really use a internal firewall like Zone Alarm too? I tried once and it gave e so many problems blocking my program use, inspite of my telling it which programs to allow?

I am a novice, although I have a 4 computer Home Network, with a Cable Ethernet Wired.
3 of the 4 computers run Win XP Home and 1 uses Win XP Pro.

Thank you very much for your support regarding this question on ATF as a necessity? And what you think about the other utilities? really appreciate your opinion and help!

Sincerely,


Miles

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:35 PM

Hello Miles,
atf.exe is generally considered an undesireable and to be removed
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I would add SUPERAntispyware, free home version. Update weekly and prior to a scan.
Also unless it is no trouble to you, AdAware 2007 has been giving some folks trouble and remove it.
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 09:48 PM

Hello Miles,
atf.exe is generally considered an undesireable and to be removed
See
Startup List

CounterSpy

I would add SUPERAntispyware, free home version. Update weekly and prior to a scan.
Also unless it is no trouble to you, AdAware 2007 has been giving some folks trouble and remove it.


Thank you for the reply and what a great board!! SuperAntispyware looks real good and AdAware 2007 has given me some trouble, unlike its predecessor AdAware SE. I will remove it

Sincerely,

Miles




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