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Did you accidentally dispose of the jpeg attachment of your son scoring his first ever goal? Have you deleted an important email for work?
Deleting important email messages and attachments can be frustrating and heartbreaking. It can also result in a loss of time and the hassle of trying to connect with people again to get something done. In many cases, ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro can remove the headaches that come from accidentally deleting files.
This advanced software scans your drives for a wide variety of files, including emails and attachments, which can be recovered. Once you have selected the files you want to bring back to life, it powerfully recovers them. This easy-to-use software allows you to preview most files before recovering them and also lets you search for key words in deleted files.
Also available to help you revive your files is ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro. While it will not bring back emails and attachments, ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro, like its Pro counterpart, can recover a wide variety of files from your drives. Both programs can recover encrypted, compressed or recycled files. As well, ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro can retrieve missing files from many peripheral storage devices.
Having the ability to bring your files back will save you time and many headaches. Please click on the links to learn more about Data Recovery Pro. To learn more about ParetoLogic's other great products, please click here.
Tip of the Month
Before clicking any link in an email, even one that appears to be from a known sender, check out the actual destination of the link rather than trusting what the underlined text says - the actual URL could be quite different. To check, hover over the link with the mouse cursor. A message box should appear showing the actual URL associated with the link. If the URL looks at all suspicious, don't click it!
Q. I have RegCure Registry Cleaner. How often should I do a scan?
A. Dear "Confused"
This is a good question. It often depends on how much you use your computer. In general, we recommend scheduling a scan for every week to two weeks if you use your system often. This will help limit the number of potential problems that could develop. If your computer seems to be getting slow, we suggest you do a scan then. Also, after you remove programs, it is a good idea to do a scan to make sure that all pieces of the former program have been removed and do not cause a problem later.
In 1982, high school student Richard Skrenta wrote Elk Cloner - what is believed to be the first large-scale, self-spreading personal computer virus. Ever since then viruses have been infecting computers all over the world. Just like the common cold for people, viruses are not going away and new "strains" are continually being created.
"Malware, viruses, identity theft and spyware account for about 80 per cent of all computer issues resulting in downtime," IT guru Chris Reaves, National Director of Computer Troubleshooters, was quoted as saying in the Feb. 27 edition of the Hudson Valley Press Online. "It is estimated that the lost productivity cost due to these alone is around $50 billion, and the associated IT costs of dealing with it has skyrocketed from $20 billion to $198 billion in the last five years."
ParetoLogic, the leader in online safety, is pleased to be able to provide a defence against a wide variety of malware. ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS combines the company's proven anti-spyware technology with innovative virus protection.
"We are very excited about the release of our much anticipated anti-virus product, ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS," said Adrian Pereira, ParetoLogic's Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder. "This application offers progressive virus protection that systematically finds, removes and blocks all forms of viruses. In addition, Anti-Virus PLUS utilizes the power of our anti-spyware technology, which has long been established as a leader in the industry. We are pleased to be able to offer such comprehensive protection to our customers."
Breast implants. Diet pills. Wild nights at a night club.
All of this adds up to an online game aimed at girls ages 9 to 16? In
Miss Bimbo, billed as a "virtual fashion game," users try to keep their cyber
hottie happy as they try to become "the coolest, the richest and most
famous bimbo in the world." More than 300,000 players have registered
in the U.K. and 1.2 million in France, according to a March 27 Canada.com article.
Players progress through the levels by completing such tasks as finding a mate who is "Mr. Right right now," having "a nip and tuck operation for a brand new face," or dropping weight for bikini season.. Throughout the game you can earn or purchase "bimbo dollars" so you can acquire breast implants, lingerie, outfits or, until recently, diet pills.
It is all just "harmless fun," according to London-based web designer, Nicolas Jacquart, who created the game. "The game is structured in such a way that it simply mirrors real life in a tongue-in-cheek way," he was quoted as saying in a March 25 Tech Herald story.
However, the website has upset parent groups and attracted media attention in various countries. New Zealand's Children's Commissioner, Cindy Kiro said "An adult looking at this would understand they're making choices that are not healthy choices but for children it's quite likely they're seeing this as quite cool," according to a March 26 Television New Zealand website story.
While many teenagers have grown up with the Internet being part of their lives, it appears their elders are really the web masters. According to an Ipsos-Reid poll in Canada, adults are online more often than teens.
In a survey of 1,272 children between the ages of 12 and 17, the average time they are online each week was 13 hours, according to a Feb. 28 Toronto Star story. That number is about the same as it was two and a half years ago when Ipsos-Reid conducted a similar survey. The survey showed adults (1,041 were surveyed) used the Internet an average of 19 hours a week. This is six hours more than what the previous survey showed.
"We double-checked it and we triple-checked it," said Steve Mossop, president of market research for the company in Western Canada, according to a March 2 Canwest News Service story. "We were all astounded the number of hours teens were spending online wasn't higher."
Serious about viruses
Earlier this year ParetoLogic released its Anti-Virus PLUS software. This fall ParetoLogic will be a proud sponsor at the Virus Bullentin’s 2008 conference in Ottawa, Canada.
Industry leaders meet – watch out viruses!
The conference brings together many leaders and experts in the industry and is known by many as the anti-malware event of the year. It is an opportunity for the sharing of research, discussion of methods and the setting of new standards. Catering to both technical and corporate audiences, the conference features a variety of anti-malreward and spam-related topics.
What awaits you online?
Malware Diaries gives you an inside look at what is going on in the world of spyware and malware and how to secure your computer and yourself from new and emerging threats.
Sound Advice - Open Mic with Malware Diaries' bloggers
Members of ParetoLogic's Spyware Analysis Team (S.W.A.T.) were guests of The Computer Information Show featured on C-FAX 1070 radio station. Our Computer Security specialists discussed malware, spyware and viruses with host Bill McCarter. Click to listen to the show's MP3 excerpts as the S.W.A.T. team gives advice and field questions from the listening audience...
Does it all sound Greek to you?
Don't worry! Each month we will explain a word or phrase connected to the Internet. As well as giving you a better understanding of the Internet, you will also be able to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.
Spyware is a term you often hear, but what does it mean? Spyware is designed to collect information without the user's knowledge and transmit it to a third party. In some cases, this information is used for market research and advertising. However, other forms of spyware can be very dangerous. They attempt to steal private information, such as your banking details and credit card information, and then it is used for such crimes as identity theft.
"XoftSpy is amazing. I've never, ever been able to get this kind of help from any program I've used. I almost can't wait to renew and pay for it again!
Ha ha. You've been wonderfully patient with me and I appreciate it. I'm going to extol this program to everyone I know!"
"I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the calibre of service your company offers its customers.
I had something called 'Total Security' that was infecting my computer and had multitudes of emails back and forth with your technical staff trying to rid my system of this. They were extremely helpful, polite and prompt in their answers and support. Just wanted say your tech staff is very impressive and I am most happy with the help I have received."
Thank you all!
Click here for more information on ParetoLogic XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware or any of ParetoLogic's other great products, please click on the links.
Each month we feature a different member of the ParetoLogic team. As well as telling about their role in helping make your PC safer, we provide a little insight into the away from work lives of our team members.
This month the ParetoLogic newsletter gives you a glimpse into Terry Janzer's life and work. Terry is ParetoLogic's Director of Operations and a New Zealand All Blacks rugby fan.
"In this position I work with people from all departments of the company," Terry said. "This gives me a chance to understand and help shape the culture of our organization. Since we are such a young firm, we have not yet come to an established level of corporate maturity. As a result, there are many opportunities to be creative and contribute to the company's growth in diverse ways."
How he plays
Current favourite song: The Rose
Current favourite book: The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White
Current favourite movie: Amazing Grace
Where he plays
Favourite website: breakpoint.org, biblegateway.com, fischtank.com, w3schools.com
To make his computer running right and his important information safe, Terry uses RegCure Registry Cleaner, ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware, and ParetoLogic XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware. Please check out Terry's Internet Security Tip of the Month » in the sidebar to the left.