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robfile

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I have windows 7 and am trying to keep my laptop clean and have Norton, Super Anti Spyware and Ccleaner. I think everything is going well except I would like to verify that these programs are good. Second; I would like to know what to do with exe. files that appear to be loading automatically, especially noted on Norton on start-up - such as iexplore.exe -
Thank you and please let me know where to look fo my answer.
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robfile

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I have windows 7 and am trying to keep my laptop clean and have Norton, Super Anti Spyware and Ccleaner. I think everything is going well except I would like to verify that these programs are good. Second; I would like to know what to do with exe. files that appear to be loading automatically, especially noted on Norton on start-up - such as iexplore.exe -
Thank you and please let me know where to look fo my answer.
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Hi and welcome

Have a read here for general security tips and suggestions.

iexplore.exe is Internet Explorer - it would be safe to allow that.
 
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To see all programs that load when you login, run "msconfig", go to the Startup tab. To find out what each program does, locate the listed exe's folder, usually the folder name is longer and will give you some hint.

Reminder: do not use Ccleaner's registry clean up function. There is no way to predict what a programmer will use a registry item for. For example, if a program has a trial period, there is usually a marker stored in the registry to note the trial deadline date. And of course it will not be labeled as such so that users can find it. Ccleaner, without knowing so, will think that this registry key is useless and clean it away and your software will no longer work.
 
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