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Pareto's Perks

Another crash? Or is your computer just running slow? A poor performing computer can make you lose valuable time, as well as being very frustrating.

Often these problems occur as your registry is injured or corrupted. It could have items lingering from failed installations, unfinished attempts at uninstalling, spyware applications and disabled drivers. ParetoLogic's RegCure Registry Cleaner is a powerful application that can help. It will do a thorough scan to find errors. It can clean your registry automatically or you can set your own specifications and do it manually.

RegCure Registry Cleaner is designed to work for you. It features a user-friendly interface as well as a full back-up utility to help make cleaning your registry safer. You can schedule scans at the best times for you and it will manage and clean your start-up programs as well.

For more about ParetoLogic RegCure Registry Cleaner or to learn more about other ParetoLogic products, click here »

 

Internet Security

Tip of the Month

"Some Web browsers are less "picked-on" by malicious software writers. You might want to try different browsers to try to increase your security."

 

Questions & Answers

Q. After performing a RegCure scan and repair, the software shows all errors as being fixed. If I do another scan right after, RegCure finds more errors. Why isn't RegCure fixing these for good?

Signed: "Confused"

A. Dear "Confused"
Most often, this situation involves the removal of empty registry keys. Frequently the registry items are removed by RegCure and are re-created during regular computer operations. For example, Microsoft Windows creates empty registry keys that are safe to delete and then are automatically generated again by the operating system. You can add these items to your Ignore list if you do not want to see them in future scans.

ParetoLogic would love to hear from you! Please submit your questions or comments to: newsletter@paretologic.com

*Please note: Due to available space, questions may not appear exactly as originally written.

 

Top Story
Lightning, music players don't mix

Lightning, music players don't mix

Everywhere you go it seems like someone is bopping their head in time to music from an iPod. However, when the rain and lightning comes, it is best to put the popular Apple music player - and any other sound device that is held close to the ears - away!

Earbud headphones, which are standard for MP3 players like the iPod, can increase injuries caused when a person is struck by lightning. This was revealed in a July article in the New England Journal of Medicine, according to a July 12, 2007 CanWest News Service story.

"Most people hit by lightning get away with minor burns," said Vancouver General Hospital radiologist Dr. Eric Heffernan, who is the lead author of the Journal article. "It's because skin is highly resistant and stops electricity from entering the body. It's called the flashover effect - although it can stop your heart and kill you."

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University students to pay for tuition, books and illegal downloads

The Recording Industry Association of America has taken aim at college students who are illegally downloading copyrighted music.

On July 18, 2007, the RIAA sent 408 pre-litigation notices to 23 different schools, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education website. The institutions range from Kansas University with its about 22,000 undergraduate students to Eckerd College, a private liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Fla. with an enrolment of just more than 1,800. The RIAA represents large music companies such as EMI Recorded Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

Since 2003, the RIAA has sent out 2,400 of these letters, according to a July 19, 2007 Lawrence World Journal article. None of the schools in the July RIAA blast have received them before. This campaign comes on the heels of the RIAA sending more than 400 letters to 13 schools.

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People want to get away, but not from the Web

When North Americans look to get away, they want to stay close to the Internet.

According to a July 13, 2007 Globe and Mail article, at least 80 Canadian campgrounds and RV parks, including roughly 30 British Columbia facilities, offer wireless Internet. U.S. summer vacation institution Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has free WiFi in 324 of its 379 North American campgrounds. This is double the number KOA had only a year ago.

"It's really a home away from home here, but I can't really live without email," said Brad Rome, a retail store manager who was camping at Ratter Lake Campground near Sudbury, Ont. "I find it incredibly difficult when I can't connect."

According to one campground company executive, travellers don't expect to shell out extra for Internet services.

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Geek Speak
Geek Speak

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.

Exploit

This is a threat that exploits a security vulnerability in another program. Often the exploit will allow an intruder to remotely access the user's computer. A threat is often classified as an exploit if it is known to take advantage of a vulnerability, but its other effects are unknown.

Community Forum

"I have been fortunate to have purchased and daily used Parelogic´s utilities as they have helped me keep my computer healthy and in good operating conditions.

I intend to keep the current utilities until their operations licenses enable me to, renew them and ready to consider further developments that may come out of your pipelines."

Alberto F. de Paula
Brazil

"THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Your service was definitely worth the investment and I will recommend you to every Internet client I have!"

Respectfully,

Alice Tindall

Click here for more information on RegCure Registry Cleaner, or ParetoLogic's other fine products.

Team Player
Team Player

Here is your opportunity to get to know a member of Team Pareto!

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.

Team Player - Aris Papaiakovou is a fan of the Greek national team soccer


Aris Papaiakovou is a senior database developer and Greek national team soccer fan here at ParetoLogic.

"I love the creativity that I am allowed to have when working on the various projects, as well as working in a great environment with a great bunch of people. That makes my job awesome."

How he plays

Current favourite song: Don't have one in particular; there are so many good songs. I like listening to Greek, Spanish and English music.
Current favourite sport: I grew up with playing badminton. I enjoy the quickness and agility that is necessary to play this great sport. It's definitely my favorite.
Current favourite movie: "Love Actually," amazing movie: Love is all around! "Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy would take second and third place.

Where he plays

During his computer free time, Aris enjoys reading news from around the world: Google, Reuters and BBC.

To help keep his PC safe, Aris uses ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware and XOFTspy Portable Anti-Spyware.

Read the Internet Security Tip of the Month » in the sidebar to your left to see the featured member's tip for you!

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